Sunday, July 9, 2017

CNN: The Bully

                CNN has threatened to reveal the name of the Reddit user who created a GIF of President Trump wrestling a person with a CNN logo photo-shopped over his head, if the individual doesn’t toe the network’s line from here on out. The network nauseatingly congratulated itself for not immediately exposing the GIF creator…out of concern for his safety.
                Incredibly (if that’s an adverb that can still be used anymore), CNN’s president, Jeff Zucker, said of President Trump: “He’s trying to bully us, and we’re not going to let him intimidate us.”
                But it’s okay for a major news company, part of the massive Time-Warner media empire, to bully an individual American citizen? That’s not holding those in charge responsible, Jeff. That’s not “speaking truth to power,” Ms. Zucker, not that you’d know the truth if it bit you on any of your four substantial cheeks. This is a thin-skinned, humorless, media powerhouse using its reach and resources to intimidate a lone citizen into taking down his perfectly legal posts, which he did, and to promise not to put up anything that might upset it in the future. One of the nation’s largest media conglomerates is attempting to deny an individual American his First Amendment rights. That is sick. That is scary. CNN is the bully, Jeff.
                What’s next, Jeffrey? Will CNN be sending its people out to visit the homes of those whose social media posts it dislikes? Perhaps myself included?

                “Honey, can you come to the door, please?”
                “Okay, dear, who is it?”
                “He says he’s from CNN!”
                “I’ll take it from here, dear, just go to the basement and lock the door, please.”
                “Mr. Johnson?”
                “That’s me.”
                “I’m from CNN. Say, didn’t I see your car parked in front of the Ecstasy Massage Parlor last night?”
                “Nope. I was home with my wife all night.”
                “Well then, I gotta say…nice house ya’ got here. Be a shame if somethin’ happened to it…”


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