Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Update on CNN Threat

Background post.

It appears that lawyers and executives for the network made the journalist put in the threatening line.

In the story, reporter Andrew Kaczynski wrote that CNN had found — but would not identify — the Reddit user, whose other posts included racist and anti-Semitic memes, “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.”

But it was the next line that would leave the pro-Trump internet inflamed and the journalism community scratching its head: “CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.”


“CNN blackmails source of Donald Trump wrestling video,” read the headline at Breitbart.


In general, the network is on high editorial alert after three employees resigned in the wake of a retracted story about Russia late last month, and network president Jeff Zucker has told staffers in recent weeks that they need to play “error-free ball,” network sources say.

Looks like they failed.
For now, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, Kaczynski and his family are the subject of an ongoing harassment campaign that includes the publication of personal information and death threats. And earlier today, the pro-Trump social media personality Michael Cernovich announced a protest outside Kaczynski’s New York home.
I hope CNN is paying for round-the-clock protection.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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