CNN Doubling Down

2017 July 6
by bc3b

Zucker Whines to the New York Times: Trump Is Bullying CNN

With things falling apart at CNN, President Jeff Zucker sought support of the New York Times because Donald Trump and the mean old conservatives are bullying CNN just b because we constantly lie, make things up and blackmail those who try to exercise their First Amendment rights by opposing us.

CNN President Jeff Zucker on Wednesday said President Trump is trying to bully the news network, but added that he won’t let Trump “intimidate” his employees.

“My job is to remind everyone that they need to stay focused doing their job,” Zucker told The New York Times Wednesday. He’s trying to bully us, and we’re not going to let him intimidate us. You can’t lose your confidence and let that change the way you conduct yourselves.”

Television is his preferred medium,” Zucker said. “And he knows our viewers can be swayed because they’re not watching Fox or MSNBC networks with an ideological bent in prime time.”

Zucker’s interview with the Times comes as Trump’s feud with the network escalates.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted a redditor’s video showing Trump body-slamming the CNN logo. The video has now been retweeted more than 330,000 times.

The video immediately sparked backlash from CNN and other journalists.

But the news outlet also faced its own criticism after it tracked down the creator of the video and, according to critics, ‘threatened’ to expose the identity of the redditor who created it.

“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,” the story, titled “How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIF,” reads on

The blowback on social media against CNN has resulted in #CNNBlackmail trending on Twitter and includes condemnation from several public figures, including WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Donald Trump Jr. and Vox’s German Lopez.

Did CNN Blackmail the Wrong Guy?

The problem for CNN: they may have blackmailed the wrong guy. A close look at his video versus the one President Trump used has the CNN logo in a different place and the timing is off.

According to BuzzFeed, “One user pointed out that what Trump tweeted wasn’t actually HanA**holeSolo’s … 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 is 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″.

BuzzFeed continues:

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.

Earlier in his career Zucker almost destroyed NBC. Hopefully he will be more successful in completely destroying CNN,

Hat tips: The Hill and

22 Responses leave one →
  1. 2017 July 6 8:12 am
    drdog09 permalink

    CNN the blind man going to NYT the deaf man for help is a rich broth.

  2. 2017 July 6 8:17 am
    justrand permalink

    Zucker: “You can’t lose your confidence and let that change the way you conduct yourselves.”

    Translation: “We are NOT going to develop ethics or standards, DAMMIT!”

  3. 2017 July 6 8:31 am
    drdog09 permalink

    By the by, Zucker is a sucker — — Going to NYT for help when they can’t even avoid reporting parody as news.

  4. 2017 July 6 9:04 am
    bc3b permalink

    Hopefully the open-minded viewers who “can be swayed” will come to their senses and abandon CNN.

  5. 2017 July 6 9:13 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Finally – 4chan has declared WAR

    4chan has declared war upon CNN,and soon others will follow Operation:Autism Storm will be the beginning of the next Meme War

    — Dirt Man of Kekistan (@yahboiDirtMan) July 5, 2017

    CNN may have triggered a war against Reddit, 4chan, and an army of hackers.
    They have NO idea how ugly this could get. #CNNBlackMail

    — RockPrincess (@Rockprincess818) July 5, 2017

  6. 2017 July 6 9:23 am
    bc3b permalink

    CNN Staffers Frustrated after Trools Leak Personal Information Online:

  7. 2017 July 6 9:24 am
    justrand permalink

    from the article:

    ” CNN seems happy to help feed the fire by embracing its liberal fascist id.”

  8. 2017 July 6 10:27 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Aaaaah, feeding the fire — — Lets “Act Globally, Screw up Locally”. Seems to be the theme with the climate idiots.

  9. 2017 July 6 11:06 am
    justrand permalink

    Oh SNAP, just this description of CNN and their “CNN app” over Daily Caller:

    “CNN is a tabloid masquerading as a legitimate news organization. Its ‘reports’ are littered with opinion, and it spends too much time trying to convince its readers/viewers what they should think instead of simply keeping them informed about what is happening in the world (and letting them make up their own minds),” one of the thousands of one-star reviews stated. “Thus far I have had no trouble accessing the biased filth I have come to expect from this once-proud organization. It’s a bit like having a waiter on-hand to feed me all the pig excrement I can eat: the service is nice, but the product is horrible.”

  10. 2017 July 6 11:30 am
    bc3b permalink

    Open Borders Advocate George Clooney Moving Family b Back to Trump’s America for Security Reasons:

    Too many Muzzies in England, George?

  11. 2017 July 6 12:21 pm
    MI Conservative permalink

    Doing some research and found this info interesting if anyone is interested in congressional make up. Still can’t find percent of Republicans and Democrats that served in military. Only total numbers for both parties.

  12. 2017 July 6 12:31 pm
    bc3b permalink

  13. 2017 July 6 1:35 pm
    bc3b permalink

  14. 2017 July 6 5:24 pm
    justrand permalink

    I love that #14, bc3b. 🙂

  15. 2017 July 6 6:11 pm
    bc3b permalink

    I visited for the first time in a couple years. There was an article by a woman named Susan Wright, who is so fanatically anti-Trump that she is in capable of rational thought. She is concerned that Trump will stir up his supporters until they begin committing violent acts.

    Where has this brain-dead bimbo been hiding? There has been plenty of violence – all caused by the left. Congressman Scalise, attacks on Trump supporters with a bicycle lock. etc., etc., etc.

    Ms. Wright is living proof that hatred can not only blind someone, but also make them incredibly stupid.

    The site is even worse than when Erick of a Dozen Chins ran it. I don’t plan going back to any time soon.

  16. 2017 July 6 6:27 pm
    justrand permalink

    Got banned on Redstate about 8 years ago…haven’t been back 🙂

  17. 2017 July 6 6:43 pm
    bc3b permalink

  18. 2017 July 6 7:00 pm
    bc3b permalink

    This Trump – CNN feud is starting to remind me of an old Roadrunner – Wylie Coyote cartoon.

  19. 2017 July 6 7:06 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    I spent a pleasant three minutes in an activity that I recommend to all owners of Apple devices.
    Maybe only the second step is needed.
    1) go to App Store and download the CNN app
    2) tap on the reviews in App Store and leave a one star review, optionally add some choice comments
    3) delete the CNN app

    I wanted it on record that I downloaded the app prior to review, else steps 1 and 3 are not needed

  20. 2017 July 6 8:57 pm
    justrand permalink

    Jim, I appreciate your initiative. I was too lazy, so I just wrote letters “CNN” in the dirt outside using a stick…and then pissed on them.

    I think I’ll do your method tomorrow when I’m feeling friskier!

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