One thing American Media should already know if they haven't learned from the years of underground internet assaults in the name of liberty is that you do not mess with those who have more skill and knowledge than you.
The Far Right has its own army of what is referred to as a ‘hive mind’ which is first and foremost the enemy of cultural Marxism and the Communists who try and perpetuate the ideology.
That army is known as /pol/. Politically Incorrect.
Earlier today CNN released a statement regarding the alleged mastermind behind the President Trump tweet of him clotheslining a superimposed image of CNN outside of a World Wrestling Entertainment ring and suggested that CNN had obtained the Reddit user’s real identity. ‘HanAssholeSolo’ was the pseudonym the man went by, and he released a public statement in which CNN aired on their network and website.
This is the statement from HanAssholeSolo: “First of all, I would like to apologize to the members of the Reddit community for getting this site and this sub embroiled in a controversy that should never have happened," he wrote. "I would also like to apologize for the posts made that were racist, bigoted, and anti-semitic. I am in no way this kind of person, I love and accept people from all walks of life and have done so for my entire life. I am not the person that the media portrays me to be in real life, I was trolling and posting things to get a reaction from the subs on Reddit and never meant any of the hateful things I said in those posts. I would never support any kind of violence or actions against others simply for what they believe in, their religion, or the lifestyle they choose to have. Nor would I carry out any violence against anyone based upon that or support anyone who did."
CNN goes on to imply,” The user further apologized for calls for violence against the press in his statement on Reddit.”
HanAssholeSole continues, "The meme was created purely as the satire, it was not meant to be a call to violence against CNN or any other news affiliation," he wrote. "I had no idea anyone would take it and put sound to it and then have it put up on the President's Twitter feed. It was a prank, nothing more. What the President's feed showed was not the original post that was posted here, but loaded up somewhere else and sounds added to it then sent out on Twitter. I thought it was the original post that was made and that is why I took credit for it. I have the highest respect for the journalist community and they put their lives on the line every day with the jobs that they do in reporting the news."
CNN claims the apology has since been taken down by the moderators of r/The_Donald subreddit. CNN also alleges that after posting his apology, "HanAssholeSolo" called CNN's KFile and confirmed his identity. In the interview, "HanAssholeSolo" sounded nervous, according to CNN, about his identity being revealed and asked to not be named out of fear for his personal safety and for the public embarrassment it would bring to him and his family.
CNN goes on to imply they “will not be publishing "HanAssholeSolo'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 controversy has spread like a firestorm across social media platforms all over the web with right wing pundits and Trump supporting accounts literally declaring war on CNN.
As if that wasn't controversial enough CNN goes on to state, “CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change”, and that statement alone has royally pissed off the darkest reaches of the internet.
8ch and 4chan, two massively popular imageboards on the web are considered hubs of free speech without limitation, and have even been blasted by politicians such as Hillary Clinton and several other Democratic pundits as being ‘beacons of hate’.
On those imageboards resides a far right movement of Generation X, Millenials, and Generation Z activists who have a very particular set of skills, and those boards are known as /pol/.
Politically Incorrect, or /pol/ is a hive mind of Anonymous posters who value freedom of speech and integrity against communism and cultural Marxism in society. Their history involves multiple campaigns against what they view as a continuous war against tradition by the Communist-led perpetrators who control media corporations and politics around the globe.
The benefit of the anonymous imageboards is, well they're anonymous. Ego does not play a role in accomplishing a goal, hence the ‘hive mind’ reference as users combine their skill to achieve the endgame of the current mission.
After CNN’s statement however /pol/ was quick to establish an order, and released the identifications of multiple CNN Anchors, otherwise known as a ‘dox’. Their names, home addresses, social media accounts, and whatever else /pol/ could find was publicly released.
To name a few of the Anchors doxed, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Daniel Patrick Merica, David Chalian, Erick W Erickson, Brian Stelter, and Don Lemon; have all been publicly doxed at the time of this article's writing.
If there's a message of advice for the media here, it's to never threaten an individual with the intent to slander or harm them. An organization or a business by all means but a man who did nothing wrong, and HanAssholeSolo definitely did nothing wrong, is the wrong target for a nationwide media outlet.
There's a saying, /pol/ is always right, and CNN had best retract and apologize or else the darkest reaches of the internet will likely continue to drop information on their staff.