CNN HOST MICHAEL SMERCONISH HAS CHOSEN TO DOUBLE DOWN ON SUPPORTING HIS NETWORK’S THREATS TOWARDS AN ANONYMOUS REDDIT USER THAT CREATED A WWE-THEMED GIF MOCKING CNN.
If the user “continues to be racist, if he continues to be a bigot, if he continues to be anti-Semitic” his identity should be revealed, Smerconish said in a video uploaded to Facebook.
He also attacked internet anonymity as a whole by claiming “anonymity gives people beer muscles for bad behavior.”
“I disagree with CNN’s handling of this, not for having threatened to identify the individual, but for not having already identified the individual,” said Smerconish on a radio show earlier this week.
“When you promote hate in the blogosphere… you attract the President… you’re now a story, and you sacrifice any right to privacy that you otherwise would have had,” he said.
“They need to be reined in,” he said in conclusion. “The hate speech, the coarse dialogue has had a disastrous impact on our political conversation, and our ability to elect individuals who are willing and able to get along and get things done.”
“It’s time to rein in the bad behavior, and nasty anonymous comments are a big part of the problem — but they’re one that we can address and one that we can solve. So, in this case, I think this individual sacrificed his right to privacy. That’s my view.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
The outlet, after claiming to have tracked the Reddit user down, stated in an article that it reserved the right to make his information public should he fall back on his apology and promise never to share offensive content online again.
The author of said article has defended himself, stating the threat was not meant to be taken as such.
This line is being misinterpreted. It was intended only to mean we made no agreement w/the man about his identity. https://t.co/9FL6EvTikx
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) July 5, 2017
CNN appears to be standing by Kaczynski and has issued no apology for its threat.