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This is CNN: Tracks Down And Threatens to Dox Creator of Trump Wrestling Gif

This is CNN: Tracks Down And Threatens to Dox Creator of Trump Wrestling Gif

Nice private life you’ve got there. Be a shame if something happened to it.

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:


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They are going nuts on The_Donald right now and also /pol on 4chan.

CNN managed to stick its hand into the same meat-grinder that Shia Lebouf(?) did with HWNDU. CNN may find lots of its “reporters” doxxed.

I don’t like it one bit but those are now the rules of the game.

American Human | July 5, 2017 at 7:31 am

I plead ignorance. What is “dox” or what is it to “dox” someone? It seems to be the word of the day.

    rdmdawg in reply to American Human. | July 5, 2017 at 7:47 am

    ‘Doxxing’ is the deliberate release of “documentation” about the true identity of an internet forum user, such as his real name (if he is goes by a pseudonym), home address, social security number, place of employment, etc.

    legalizehazing in reply to American Human. | July 5, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Thank you for covering this. I can’t rap my head around the complete absurdity of this. Doxing is dirty business. CNN is a powerful cooperation. Targeting one private individual…. for WHAT??

    They’re saying CNN is ISIS. If this amateur satirist hadn’t backed down.. would CNN have Charlie Hebdo’d his personal life?

    healthguyfsu in reply to Rab. | July 5, 2017 at 9:53 am

    I totally knew what it was, but I just can’t help clicking and watching lmgtfy’s…they get me in the funny feels every time!

For American H, dox is to publish a person’s private identifying information on the internet. For example, American Human is really John Q. Public who lives at 1234 S 5th St., Boise, Idaho. His phone number is 555-123-4567.

Now substitute that with your real info and imagine CNN publishing this (or enough info to easily get the rest) for a bunch of unhinged resistance’s supporters while painting you as a Trump supporter that is racist, sexist, xenophobic, LGBTBBQ basher that once kicked a puppy.

…he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again.

I guess, like beauty, ugly is in the eye of the beholder. Making fun of CNN is ugly. Making fun of conservatives/Republicans/President Trump is beautiful.

    JOHN B in reply to rinardman. | July 5, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Reading between the lines, CNN is ordering this guy (and others on the internet) to post anti Trump statements or else…

It’s time to Dox the President of Crappy News Network, along with all the board members and VPs. Name, photo home address, phone number, e-mail address, children’s photos and their routes to school. Make them sweat.

In the meanwhile, it is really getting to be fun, watching the Democrazies constantly foaming at the mouth and going ballistic. It is even more fun reminding them that we get 7-1/2 more years of this entertainment. Trump is a great president, even if only for the entertainment value.

Thank you, Donald.

    Liz in reply to Mannie. | July 5, 2017 at 11:30 am

    I disagree on publishing the home information & especially photos of children. Doing so makes you just as bad as the people you are complaining about.

    Remember the protests by the left at homes of the CEOs of some companies? What about the innocent family that lives next door or down the street?

      “Some companies”. Only ones run by conservatives. The Violent Left won’t protest outside the homes of CNN execs. CNN is on their side!

      I agree that publishing ALL the information is going too far; children’s photos is too much (what’s your opinion on school grade/behavior reports, absent names and photos?).

      I also think that publishing right now is going too far. CNN hasn’t published the identity of the GIF creator.

      So here’s fair play: gather all the information on CNN’s execs, and just hold it. Publish a warning that if they dox this man or threaten to dox anyone else — EVER — then all the information goes public.

      Proportional response. Turnabout is fair play, but let them do all the escalating.

    Anonamom in reply to Mannie. | July 5, 2017 at 11:54 am

    “It’s time to Dox the President of Crappy News Network, along with all the board members and VPs. Name, photo home address, phone number, e-mail address, children’s photos and their routes to school. Make them sweat.”

    Absolutely not.

    No, CNN should be mocked mercilessly for their stupidity, but the privacy of individuals-particularly that of children-should be respected.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Mannie. | July 5, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Don’t forget CNN stockholders too!

The proper response to this is for hundreds of new CNN bashing gifs to be created by hundreds of people. Gonna dox them all, CNN?

    daniel_ream in reply to Zachary. | July 5, 2017 at 9:38 am

    We are Spartacus.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Zachary. | July 5, 2017 at 10:02 am

    I think a two-pronged attack is appropriate.

    Prong 1 is what you describe…

    Prong 2 is to have a group like 4chan dox all of their behind-the-scenes crew as well as prominent cast and tell them to apologize for using their vast corporate resources to bully a private citizen or have their info released.

      4th armored div in reply to healthguyfsu. | July 5, 2017 at 11:24 am

      don’t threaten -> JUST DO IT <-
      then tell them that the top brass and EVERYONE associated with them comes next.

      either we return to civility or this is WAR with the LibTards.
      they have one chance to stop it.

      4th A D

    ^^^ THIS ^^^

    ^^^ A thousand times, THIS! ^^^

    The proper response to an attempted restriction on free speech is more speech. You can’t stop the signal.

The interesting story will be HOW they identified the kid. Technically. CNN, Time Warner, and Reddit are the same company.

    malclave in reply to Petrushka. | July 5, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Hmmm, thanks for pointing this out. I’d forgotten Time Warner owned CNN.

    Just sent an email to Investor Relations asking about their cyberbullying.

    rosebudG20 in reply to Petrushka. | July 5, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Even though they are the same company, there are rules in place for accessing/sharing user personal information. I bet the Reddit terms of service prohibited them form sharing that info with CNN. Pretty sure they put themselves in a position to get sued big time. The only issue is the persons info will come out in the lawsuit

The threat against this random person IS a threat against each and every one of us.
CNN deserves to be shamed and criticized relentlessly. I assume such thing is already under way in the form of new memes, mockery and probably the doxxing of their own corrupt pseudo-journalists.

tarheelkate | July 5, 2017 at 8:45 am

The “comedian” with the bleeding severed Trump head wasn’t funny. Did she even think it was funny when she did it?

On the other hand, the GIF with Trump slamming CNN in a fake wrestling video (a take-off on a previous fake wrestling video) was funny.

Besides all the rest of the damage, we’ve completely lost our sense of humor. And now a large corporation feels it’s okay to threaten a guy who made a funny little video.

… 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 …

So … a GIF which any fool (at least any fool who doesn’t work for CNN) can see “advocates” violence against nobody is also accused of posting racist and anti-semitic material.

The first accusation is a downright lie … dollars to donuts the other two are, also.

I cannot find a single person who thinks this is right save for the idiots at CNN.

Hashtag #CNNBlackmail is #1 in Twitter.
Apparently, the ‘random guy who made the video’ is a 15 year old kid.
Way to go CNN. I hope the child’s family sue you out of a few million.

    tarheelkate in reply to Exiliado. | July 5, 2017 at 9:53 am

    it is also reported that some of this guy’s other posts have been what I would consider offensive. I don’t see how that matters, since the one that CNN made a fuss about is this one, which is quite harmless. It would have been funny even if some lefty had reversed the roles and shown CNN fake-slamming Trump.

      Concerning the other “offensive” posts, I think CNN is justifying bashing the person by expanding the list of bad things.

      I have seen a gif of a wrestler with a DOJ logo as the head taking down Trump. So, it’s already out there.

      4th armored div in reply to tarheelkate. | July 5, 2017 at 11:40 am

      CNN fake slams POTUS every few seconds

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to tarheelkate. | July 5, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      CNN has always been “offensive.”
      Why isn’t CNN out of existence already?

    The fact he’s a 15-year-old kid is probably the only reason CNN didn’t release the information.

    Can you imagine the headlines at FOX News and Breitbart?

    CNN releases child’s private information

    Child digital artist “doxxed” by CNN

    Even Buzzfeed might get in on this:

    12 ways CNN might be cyber-stalking your children for personal information to publish

    Even the socially-blind idiots at CNN could see that nothing good would come from publishing. The “we’ll hold it unless he does it again” line is just spin to try and make them look like reasonable folks.

    It’s not a “threat”; it’s a bluff.

    IMHO, the parents should call their bluff and encourage their kid to keep making satirical GIFs, and then sue the ever-loving crap out of CNN — or anyone else; MSM outlets are all joined at the hip — if they publish their kid’s info. The optics alone would be a PR nightmare for CNN.

healthguyfsu | July 5, 2017 at 10:06 am

Their response is so out of touch and unbalanced with public perception and consumer reaction that I am starting to wonder if this is their version of pro wrestling and they are throwing the match to be the heel.

There really isn’t a version of smart logic and planned course of action that gets them to this kind of foolish response any other way.

Curious what legal problems Reddit is in now for revealing this guy’s IP address to CNN? Shouldn’t they also be garnering some negative press for this? I think that’s possibly the bigger story here.

    I’m sure persmission to do so is buried in the legalese of the terms of agreement doc that no one ever reads.

    I didn’t see anything in the story about an IP address. That’s not usually a good way to identify a specific computer anyway. Usually the location will show the location of your Internet Service Provider’s server room. Most of those companies are not going to reveal a user’s name if the requester is not a law enforcement agency with a warrant in hand.

      They don’t need it.

      As pointed out above, CNN is owned by Time Warner, who also owns Reddit. They’re all the same family of companies.

      It’s within the realm of possibility that the “investigation” producing the identity of the GIF creator consisted of a single phone call to Corporate.

Dox them all. Scumbags.

When is CNN going to drop the pretense that it represents a legitimate news organization and simply admit that it is a willing shill and propagandist for the DNC?

Every day, CNN proves anew its partisan infantilism and irrelevance.


CNN News Chief brings BBC bully tactics to CNN.

As I anticipated, the anti-CNN gifs are being rapidly produced by people who would love to be “outed” and will not be apologizing anytime soon.

This is brave reporting, CNN. Keep it up.

buckeyeminuteman | July 5, 2017 at 11:54 am

What the interwebs need is more comedy videos of people looking dumb with CNN imposed over their faces. Wrestling videos, slam-dunk videos, falling-down drunk videos. Lots and lots of stupid CNN videos. The one above posted by Leslie is epic!

Mike LaChance: Nice private life you’ve got there. Be a shame if something happened to it.

Actually, it was Trump who brought the redditor to public attention. Turns out that he has a history of racist and anti-Semitic posts, so that the president tweeted something he posted is of public interest.

The redditor’s apology appears uncoerced and quite sincere, as was his request not to be identified.

    PhillyGuy in reply to Zachriel. | July 5, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    I have a novel idea for you – perhaps CNN should put on their big boy pants and laugh at the meme like the rest of us and move on to covering the news?

      The President has called the media, “the enemy of the people”. Sorry, but that’s a very serious threat to democratic norms.

        Yes, they are.

        Milhouse in reply to Zachriel. | July 6, 2017 at 1:05 am

        In what way is it a threat? Are you under the delusion that the reporting trade has some special constitutional role, or is singled out for special protections that anyone else doesn’t rate? That it is a “fourth estate” (quick, name the first three)? No, reporters are no more special than plumbers, and if a plumber can be an enemy then so can a reporter. If he or she waddles like an enemy and quacks like an enemy, he or she is an enemy.

Common Sense | July 5, 2017 at 12:07 pm

If they DOX the poor guy then it’s open season to DOX CNN Reporters and other employees at CNN.
Want to play dirty CNN get ready for the consequence of your childish threat.

    Common Sense: If they DOX the poor guy then it’s open season to DOX CNN Reporters and other employees at CNN.

    Keep in mind whom you are defending. The “poor guy” repeatedly made racist and anti-Semitic posts.

Trump: “A few days ago I called the fake news the enemy of the people, and they are — they are the enemy of the people … we’re going to do something about it.”


My favorite so far:

I have two questions for all the legal experts out there.
First, if CNN is for all intents and purposes threatening to Dox this guy and thereby destroy his personal life should he not adhere to the behavior CNN demands, then is that not the legal definition of coercion? If so, then could CNN be taken to court for this?
Also, if this is coercion, then shouldn’t we be calling it the Coercion News Network?

CNN becomes more like Hitler’s propaganda machine by the day.

The news out now is that CNN black mailed the wrong person. The CNN bash Trump posted had a looped vid with WWF logo and a 16:9 aspect ratio the one Han@ssholeSolo said he did was a GIF with no WWF logo and a different aspect ratio. They threatened to DOX the wrong person.

Best election evah!