Criticism over source of CNN/Trump meme

Howie Kurtz

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.”

The Periscope App: What is it?

Bret sat down with Adam Sharp, Head of Politics and Government at Twitter to talk about the new live-streaming app everyone is talking about. Periscope is a way for ordinary people all over the globe to share video in real time. It is changing the way we see the world and could have a real impact on campaigns and elections as we head into 2016. Many of the potential 2016 candidates have already started using Periscope. Hear what Adam has to say about this new app and find out how you can use it in all its forms--

Social Media Goes Presidential: President George W. Bush responds to President Bill Clinton

Who doesn't love social media these days? Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush seem to have their own personal favorites when it comes to social media sites-- President Clinton seems to prefer Twitter while President Bush is more of an Instagram kind of guy.

Clinton tweeted a photo letting everyone know he had received his copy of "41: A Portrait of My Father," Bush's book that was released this week. In it he included the hashtag #HowAreYouSTILLNotOnTwitter..presumably after he tried to tag #43 in his Tweet. Bush responded via his Instagram account with his on hashtag of #HowAreYouSTILLNotOnInstagram and added the hashtag #BrotherFromAnotherMother.

Politics aside, it is nice to see both sides of the aisle having a little fun with social media!

What do you think? Which is your favorite--Instagram or Twitter? 

Twitter Conversations Around Midterm Elections

We sat down with Adam Sharp, Head of Twitter News, Government and Elections, to discuss some of the key issues voters across the United States are talking about ahead of Tuesday's  midterms. What is the number one thing people are talking about in regards to politics and this election? President Obama-- and we will see if that makes a difference when voters head to the polls.



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Senator Gillibrand: Arlington is a 'soulless' suburb

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) received quite a few responses via social media over an excerpt from her new book released on Tuesday, titled "Off the Sidelines."  

In the book, Gillibrand refers to her husband's distaste of the Arlington, VA neighborhood, calling the area a "soulless suburb."

"We lived in a soulless suburb. It wasn't the right place for us, and we needed a change...Eventually we moved from Arlington, Virginia, to Capitol Hill, and Jonathan found a job he liked."

The tweets ranged from angry NoVa residents defending Arlington to those in complete agreement. The excerpt also brought up the all important question... the city or the burbs? 

Gillibrand later took to her own Twitter account to personally apologize to Arlington--really, she did.


Twitter Q&A with Bret and the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am!

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