The individual behind the wrestling video tweeted last week by President Trump, who’s seen tackling a man with a photo shopped CNN logo, has apologized, but the story behind that apology has sparked new criticism of CNN.
The network, saying the video endangers journalists, tracked down its creator who first posted it on the online message board Reddit. CNN is not disclosing his identity which triggered a Twitter uproar and an on-air debate.
The Story by CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski says CNN is not publishing “Han****Solo’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 of his offending posts, and because he said he is not going to repeat his ugly behavior on social media again. CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.
Donald Trump Jr. accused the network of bullying the man, tweeting: If only @CNN spend as much time tracking down info on IRS targeting, Fast & Furious, Iran deal etc. as they did a meme writer! #CNNBlackmail.
A network spokesman said today, “CNN decided not to publish the name of the Reddit user out of concern for his safety. Any assertion that the network blackmailed or coerced him is false.”
CNN said the man apologized and deleted his account before speaking to its reporter and that the network explained the withholding of his identity to be completely transparent.
“CNN never made any deal, of any kind, with the user.”
The Reddit user posted an apology for “the posts made that were racist, bigoted, and anti-Semitic. I am in no way this kind of person…the meme was created purely as satire. It was not meant to be a call to violence against CNN or any other news affiliation.”