I guess I can't let this go without comment. Sunday, Li'l Donnie tweeted a video of Trump at a wrestling match pummeling a guy with a CNN logo for a head, another salvo in Trump's war against CNN who dare not speak of him in glowing terms like the ass lickers over on Fox & Friends. And this was on the heels of Trump's tweeted insults against Morning Joe over on MSNBC.
Tweeting this video was a childish act on Trump's part, not to mention elicit sanctioning of violence against media he disagrees with. But it seems CNN has managed to shoot itself in the foot in this matter.
CNN located the Reddit user who created the video that Trump sent. CNN did not publish the user’s name stating that "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."
OK, that seems fair. Then CNN added this.
"CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change."
And this launched into cries of "shame" against CNN for resorting to blackmail.
So CNN's logo was used in a video clip showing Trump taking violent action against the network.CNN has cause to be concerned about this. But it appears that CNN is willing to let this slide based on promises made by the video's creator. It seems only reasonable for CNN to reserve taking further action if those promises are not kept.
It seems to me that "blackmail" would only be applicable if the Reddit user did everything he promised but CNN still made a threat to expose him anyway.
Of course, the core important fact we should not overlooked is that Trump (once more) took an ill considered action with no thought to the dignity of his office and the real potential for violent consequences.
Sorry, I know that I could easily re-title this blog "What the Fuck Did Trump Do Today". But there are other things to chat about.
Friday: a spontaneous father-daughter road trip with no particular place to go.
Saturday: this blog's favorite topic: Doctor Who. We look back on last Saturday's season finale.
Until next time, remember to be good to one another.