As we reported earlier Wednesday, CNN, the rabidly anti-Trump propaganda outlet seen by many as the least-trusted name in network news, came under intense fire after reports surfaced that it essentially blackmailed the Reddit user who created the now-viral meme of President Trump knocking down and punching CNN. The issue angered so many that the hashtag #CNNBlackmail began trending late Tuesday night. Media analyst Mark Dice suggested in a tweet that the White House should revoke CNN’s press credentials.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) July 5, 2017
A Twitter account closely resembling that of the president responded shortly afterword, writing: “Agreed!! But ‘it’s time to be revoked’ was like 3 months ago!! I guess better late than never!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTru) July 5, 2017
Many others agreed:
— GoForLiberty (@GoForLiberty) July 5, 2017
— Brendan King 🇺🇸 (@buddyboy_101) July 5, 2017
— Jesse Dunivent (@crgreenstar) July 5, 2017
Criminal News Network doesn't deserve to be in the White House or anywhere near it!!!
— Sarah1006 (@Soh1006) July 5, 2017
This is the tweet that started it all:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
After Trump issued this tweet, CNN propagandists wondered if it violated Twitter’s terms of service and falsely claimed Trump was inciting violence against the media. Twitter responded, saying it doesn’t, according to Breitbart:
CNN media reporter Brian Stelter tried to amplify the ridiculous concerns people had about whether Trump’s tweet actually violated Twitter’s “hateful conduct” policy. Trump’s tweet was hilarious because it was rather corny, but that did not stop Stelter from voicing his concerns on-air and asking oh-so-seriously, “Does Trump’s anti-CNN tweet violate Twitter’s terms?”
Stelter noted that “Twitter may suspend an account for a number of reasons, including if the user makes violent threats; attacks people based on race, religion, gender and more; or engages ‘in the targeted abuse or harassment of others.’”
He said Twitter told the network that “it considered three factors: the political context of the conversation surrounding the tweet, the various ways it could be interpreted and the lack of details in the tweet itself.”
In the end, Twitter decided Trump’s tweet did not violate its “hateful conduct” policy.
But that didn’t stop the network from digging further. On Tuesday, it said the Reddit user who created the meme had been identified and apologized. CNN further said that it would not identify the user, but reserved the right to do so in the future if he acted up.
According to reports, CNN said:
CNN is not publishing “HanA**holeSolo’s” name because he is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed his remorse by saying he has taken down all his offending posts, and because he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again. In addition, he said his statement could serve as an example to others not to do the same.
CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.
As of this writing, the president has not responded to the controversy, but that doesn’t mean he won’t.
It’s not the first time the suggestion has been made. In November, Fox News’ Sean Hannity agreed with another Twitter user who said CNN’s credentials should be revoked over its efforts to elect Hillary Clinton to the White House.
CNN propagandist Brian Stelter responded by calling the idea “crazy,” which prompted Hannity to call him an “FNC stalker.”
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) November 14, 2016
At the time, we asked you to weigh in on the issue, and you did. Over 87 percent of the more than 2,500 readers who took our poll said CNN credentials should be revoked.
As you can see in the video below, Dice has been highly critical of CNN on his popular YouTube channel:
We agree with Dice on this — CNN is no longer an objective news outlet, but has become little more than a radical left-wing propaganda machine with thin-skinned operatives disguising themselves as journalists.
In the view of this writer, the White House should revoke CNN’s press credentials until it can prove that it is worthy of them. Yes, CNN has a First Amendment right to hold and express an opinion, but nothing in the Constitution says it has a fundamental right to be in the White House briefing room.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
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