The buzz yesterday because CNN was on the ropes over the threatening of someone who dared to create a anti CNN Gif on twitter, later picked up by Trump, was amazing. Because the world got to see how perverse CNN was. First I give you a short clip with Tammy Bruce expressing exactly how bizarre it was, then the amazed folks at CNN.
But for some reason, CNN host Alisyn Camerota expressed surprise and delight that the guy who created the video of Donald Trump taking down someone with the CNN logo superimposed on his face has apologized — after CNN unmasked him and tracked him down.
As Mike Lachance has reported, CNN tracked down the clip creator and threatened to dox him—to expose his identity and location—if he backed off his apology.
CNN and other media are pushing the line that if was proper to unmask the guy because he also had racist and anti-Semitic anonymous posts. But that’s not why CNN did this. CNN tracked the guy down because he creating a GIF mocking CNN, that then was used by CNN’s arch enemy, Trump.
Camerota is either extremely naive—or extremely cynical. Co-host Chris Cuomo wasn’t so wide-eyed, telling Camerota “when exposed, and identified, he then decided to apologize.”
But Camerota wouldn’t quit her Pollyanna impersonation, saying that she saw the apology as a possible “glimmer of hope.”
But it wasn’t the addendum. CNN threatened him that if he ever did it again, they would expose him, thus putting him at risk for what they already agreed would happen. Blackmail. That is what it is.