This week on the big show, Fingers and Tracy discuss how a single GIF sent CNN into full panic mode, and how President Trump made good on his promise to donate his salary. Ashe Schow stops by to explain what Reddit is all about.
CNN’s fortunes haven’t improved since last week. If anything, they’ve gotten worse. Here’s the tweet that started it all:
OMG! This isn’t Presidential behavior! Trump is inciting fake violence against fake news promoting CNN! Puh-lease.
CNN was not about to take this pseudo-virtual-abuse, so they put a crack team on the case, and found who they believe to be the person who created a GIF that inspired the one Trump tweeted out. Great journolisming guys!
Once they had identified and reached out to the creator of this horrifying GIF, a reddit user who goes by the moniker HanAssholeSolo, he posted a lengthy apology.
— Brandon Wall (@Walldo) July 4, 2017
According to the Daily Caller, HanAssholeSolo’s apology and promise not to engage in further offensive meme-ry is the only reason CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski didn’t reveal Han’s true identity.
CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski opted not to identify the user “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.”
But Kaczynski then added that “CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change,” seemingly indicating that CNN would identify the user if he repeats his “ugly behavior” on social media. That sentence was widely interpreted as a threat. Kaczynski, who disputed that characterization, seemed especially upset that the Reddit user “was someone who shared an image of CNN reporters’ face with Stars of David next them.”
Now wait a minute, did Kaczynski even find the right person? From the Daily Wire:
So, after nearly a full day of promoting a story labeling the redoubtable Reddit meme generator HanA**holeSolo the source of President Trump’s WWE vs. CNN logo wrestling gif, it turns out that CNN may have botched the story. HanA**holeSolo apologized for his myriad wrongs and stated that he never meant to promote violence. CNN threatened to out HanA**holeSolo’s identity if he reneged on his apology.
And the meme Trump tweeted wasn’t generated by HanA**holeSolo. CNN shot first.
According to BuzzFeed, “one user pointed out that what Trump tweeted wasn’t actually HanA**holeSolo’s GIF.” Trump’s gif included both video and audio – whereas the Rebel smuggler wannabe’s gif did not include audio. Furthermore, the original HanA**holeSolo gif “was shorter, had a different aspect ratio, and had a WWE logo in the corner. … Not even the colors are processed in the same manner. … HanAssholeSolo’s GIF has an NTSC aspect ratio, because it was cut directly from a taping of analog Westlemania footage. Trump’s video has an aspect ratio of 16:9.”
Someone downloaded the GIF that HanAssholeSolo originally posted to Reddit. Then that person cropped it to better fit a video player like Facebook or YouTube. Then they went through the effort of syncing it back up with audio from the original clip. Then that person put it somewhere where Trump or one of Trump’s people could see it and download it. Then whoever found the video version had to get it to Trump’s phone.
Never has so much time been wasted on such a silly thing.
Oh look, here comes Ted Cruz with his two cents.
(1/2) Troubling. I assume CNN's lawyers are examining GA § 16-8-16 Theft by extortion. If CNN constructively obtained the gif-maker's IP… https://t.co/ChxqocuDgc
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 5, 2017
(2/2) it's a GA crime if they threatened to "Disseminate any information tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt, or ridicule…." https://t.co/ChxqocuDgc
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 5, 2017
And finally, here’s my absolute favorite overreaction.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 2, 2017
No Brian, Trump’s tweet doesn’t violate Twitter’s TOS you whiny, simpering wimp.
Just for fun, here a few more Trump vs CNN GIFS
— Immigrants☆4☆Trump (@immigrant4trump) July 5, 2017
Ashe Schow stopped by to explain just what the heck Reddit is, “It’s a silly place, let’s not go there.”
And finally, President Trump made good on his promise to donate his salary. According to Breitbart:
Donald Trump’s first-quarter salary donation will help fund the restoration of two projects at Antietam National Battlefield, Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Wednesday. Zinke, who spoke with Breitbart News about the importance of preserving America’s history, also announced $7.2 million in additional grants to help identify, preserve, and protect America’s historic battlefields.
The Trump Administration announced on April 3 the president’s Q1 paycheck of $78,333.32 would be donated to the National Park Service, delivering on Trump’s campaign promise to forgo his $400,000 annual presidential salary.