Remember Joe the Plumber? Before the 2008 election, Joe asked Obama about his fiscal policies. Obama made himself look terrible by saying he believed in spreading the wealth around. In an obvious effort to take the heat off of Obama, the media attacked Joe the Plumber.

Within hours, we knew Joe’s real name and address. His tax history was even leaked to the press.

Remember Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who was hauled off to jail in the middle of the night to advance the narrative that the terror attack in Benghazi was caused by a video he made which almost no one had ever even heard of?

I mention these people as examples of how the Democrat Media Complex sometimes uses its power to shift focus to an innocent person in order to protect another person, organization or narrative.

In a new case, CNN has tracked down the person who made the Trump vs. CNN wrestling gif and even made a not so thinly veiled threat to dox him. The CNN reporter who wrote the story is Andrew Kaczynski, formerly of BuzzFeed:

How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIF

The Reddit user who initially claimed credit for President Donald Trump’s tweet that showed Trump tackling CNN issued an apology Tuesday for the video and other offensive content he posted — one day after CNN identified the man behind the account and attempted to make contact with him.

Reddit user “HanA**holeSolo” first shared the GIF last Wednesday of Trump pummeling a wrestler with CNN’s logo imposed on his face. CNN could find no earlier instance of the GIF. The GIF was later edited into a video with sound and tweeted by the President on Sunday.

On Reddit, “HanA**holeSolo” took credit for inspiring the tweet. Soon after, “HanA**holeSolo’s” other posts on Reddit, some of which included racist and anti-Semitic imagery, quickly circulated on social media.
Now the user is apologizing, writing in a lengthy post on Reddit that he does not advocate violence against the press and expressing remorse there and in an interview with CNN for other posts he made that were racist and anti-Semitic…

CNN is not publishing “HanA**holeSolo’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 his offending posts, and because he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again. In addition, he said his statement could serve as an example to others not to do the same.

CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.

The subtext of that last line is crystal clear. Do it again and we’ll ruin your life. Andrew Kaczynski’s former employer knows all about that. You may recall the time they ruined a woman’s life over a tweet.

Kaczynski denies the claim that anyone was threatened.

Others disagree:

CNN is clearly excited about this story. It’s at the top of their page right now:

Here’s the original Trump tweet:

You may recall that CNN tried to get Trump banned from Twitter over this. Twitter disagreed.

Professor Jacobson and others reacted to this on Twitter: