Yeah, this is why Americans hate the media. CNN tracked down the anonymous person on the Internet who posted the video that shows President Trump bodyslamming someone with a CNN logo for a head. (Trump himself retweeted the video). CNN then made a thinly-veiled threat that they would release this internet user’s name and information if he ever again posts something CNN finds disturbing or offensive. People pounced on CNN for essentially blackmailing someone not to practice free speech.
Law professor Jonathan Turley, writing for the USA Today, said:
CNN has reported that it has confirmed the identity of the creator of the controversial video that shows President Trump taking down someone with the CNN logo for a head. Like many, I was highly critical of the president for reposting the video on his Twitter account. That was both irresponsible and unpresidential.
What is curious is that CNN has withheld the creator’s identity while making a thinly veiled threat that it will release his name if he posts anything CNN finds disturbing or offensive. That is an odd role for a news organization. The news media do not usually put citizens on probation for exercising their free speech.