In Wake Of The Trump Wrestling GIF Controversy, Cruz Suggests CNN Broke The Law

Things have not been going along swimmingly for CNN, as the network has taken some serious credibility hits of late. Whether it’s poorly sourced stories or the network’s overall obsession with pushing an anti-Trump narrative, CNN has been called out on the carpet on the regular. It’s gotten so bad that they even bungled a golden opportunity to change the narrative.

President Donald Trump posted an ill-advised tweet of a video that depicted him beating up CNN. The video was from Trump’s past appearance at Wrestlemania in which he became physical with an opponent, and the opponent’s head was replaced with a CNN logo for the purpose of the video. Trump was blasted from all sides, and CNN was well positioned to play the victim card. That is until they did some digging into the video and ended up coming across as if they were threatening the person that created it.

As the Daily Mail shares, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is among the many that have called CNN to task for their actions, and he thinks they’ve really crossed the line this time.

“Troubling. I assume CNN's lawyers are examining GA § 16-8-16 Theft by extortion,” he wrote. "If CNN constructively obtained the gif-maker's IP it's a GA crime if they threatened to disseminate any information tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt, or ridicule."

He wasn’t done.

"Another relevant crime law: NY § 135.60: 'A person is guilty of coercion in the second degree when he...induces a person...to abstain from engaging in conduct in which he...has a legal right to engage...by means of instilling...a fear...the actor will...Expose a secret or publicize an asserted fact, whether true or false, tending to subject some person to hatred, contempt or ridicule,'” Cruz added.

For CNN’s part, they have defended their course of action as nothing to see here.

“CNN decided not to publish the name of the Reddit user out of concern for his safety. Any assertion that the network blackmailed or coerced him is false. The user, who is an adult male, not a 15-year-old boy, apologized and deleted his account before ever speaking with our reporter,” a statement read in part. “CNN never made any deal, of any kind, with the user. In fact, CNN included its decision to withhold the user’s identity in an effort to be completely transparent that there was no deal.”

Simple enough, but that doesn’t jibe with how the network initially reported the findings of their ‘investigation.’

“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,” the network reported. “CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.”

In short, CNN comes across looking like a pretentious bully, and Trump walks away unscathed. There seems to be a pattern here that’s remarkably flying above the heads of network big wigs.

Source: Daily Mail
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