Social media raises the bar on war against CNN by calling for boycott of their advertisers
For those who have been in isolation over the past few weeks, the months of June and July have not been very friendly to CNN. ¬†And for the network that is front and center in the global mainstream media backlash by the people over their awakening to fake news and propaganda, perhaps the news network’s last straw come in their attempting to take on the professionals of social media.
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On Monday, a CNN reporter tracked down the identity of the user, who quickly deleted his posts, renounced his meme-creating ways, and apologized in a long, seemingly sincere post to /r/The_Donald. CNN declined to name the user, but said, somewhat mysteriously, that it “reserves the right” to publish his identity in the future if he continued to create offensive content.
To many on the right,¬†that caveat felt like a threat¬†issued by a powerful news organization to a private citizen: Fall in line, or we’ll expose you.
CNN quickly clarified its intent, saying that it had “decided not to publish the name of the Reddit user out of concern for his safety,” but the battle had already begun. Right-wing Twitter users excoriated CNN for what they saw as a threat against the Reddit user, and the hashtag #CNNBlackmail began to spread as thousands of the network’s detractors began to pile on.
“A multibillion dollar TV network blackmailing a private citizen into not making funny videos about it is not journalism, CNN,” tweeted Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.
To understand how Reddit memes could ignite a national controversy and put a multibillion-dollar media company on its heels, it helps to know that right-wing meme-makers are a particularly prolific and vocal internet subcommunity. They gather in clusters on Reddit, and similar sites like 4chan and Discord, in order to trade images and strategize about disseminating them to wide audiences. –¬†CNBC
And as expected, the quickly created¬†#CNNBlackmail¬†topic became the number one read and searched hashtag in the world on twitter for almost 24 hours, superseding all else, even on the 4th of July.
But there is much more at stake for CNN than just a pissing contest with the world of hackers and social media experts. ¬†There is also the ongoing merger talks between Time Warner (CNN’s parent company) and AT&T. ¬†And when you add in the admission of fake news reporting that led to the firing of three journalists, the Project Veritas videos which show that the Russian hacking scheme was completely contrived for ratings and a political agenda, and the deterioration of viewership which now has CNN’s ratings below that of Yogi Bear re-runs during Primetime, then you have the potential of CNN’s illegal coercion against a private citizen possibly even destroying a multi-billion deal that has been in the works for months.
Yet like the hacker group Anonymous which doesn’t forgive and doesn’t forget, it also appears that starting a Meme war against CNN was only the beginning as the individuals over at Reddit and 4Chan are now aiming their wrath at the advertisers who support CNN and Time Warner.
Adding to Time Warner’s woes is a ‘grassroots’ boycott of CNN’s sponsors following the network’s threat to dox an individual. Lists of sponsors are now flooding both Reddit and 4chan – such as¬†this one¬†posted by Reddit user ‘jammich.’
Let’s let CNN’s advertisers know how we feel. I’ve found a list of their advertisers and updated it to include links to contact them. I’ve done my best to find as direct a link as possible to save you from rooting around their site. –jammich –¬†Zerohedge
There is an old axiom that is also quite nearly a natural law which goes, you reap what you sow. ¬†And while it took a few decades to finally unmask the mainstream media as little more than propaganda instruments of the CIA and Deep State, and purveyors of highly manipulated fake news, now that the genie is out of the bottle it appears that the MSM is in the final days of a death rattle, and along with the electing of Donald Trump, alternative and social media now owns the airwaves in this brave new world.
Kenneth Schortgen Jr¬†is¬†a writer for¬†The Daily Economist,¬†Secretsofthefed.com,¬†Roguemoney.net, and¬†Viral Liberty, and hosts¬†the popular¬†youtube podcast¬†on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.¬†Ken can also¬†be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the¬†Angel Clark radio show.