Hard to beat this for a laugh.
After not being able to locate evidence of collusion between President Trump and Vladimir Putin to upend the American election last November–even after devoting enormous resources to the quest–CNN managed to instantly track down the person who created the now infamous Trump-Takes-Down-CNN wrestling GIF.
CNN seemed proud of its sleuthing, bragging on its website how it managed to find the miscreant.
Once nabbed by the journalistic detectives the guilty party–described by CNN as a “man”–fell over himself apologizing.
“The meme was created purely as satire, it was not meant to be a call to violence against CNN or any other news affiliation,” he wrote. “I had no idea anyone would take it and put sound to it and then have it put up on the President’s Twitter feed. It was a prank, nothing more. I have the highest respect for the journalist community and they put their lives on the line every day with the jobs that they do in reporting the news.”
CNN added that it was not revealing the identity of the mystery satire artist because he promised to never do it again, and then CNN added, ominously, that it reserved the right to reveal the person’s identify and other information about him if he was not “compliant” with the agreement between them.
That caused outrage of its own.
After all, CNN was basically blackmailing the person, threatening “doxing” (releasing all sorts of personal information)if the person pointed his sense of humor at the network again.
So… lesson learned? Make fun of CNN at your own risk.
People with hurt feelings at the network will come after you.