Synopsis: CNN this morning is bragging about how they made a young Reddit user apologize for making and posting the original GIF last Wednesday of Donald Trump slinging an out-of-control professional wrestler to the ground where the wrestler’s face was covered by the CNN logo.
CNN explained that they were able to identify the Reddit poster:
“… using a Facebook search and ultimately corroborate details he had made available on Reddit.”
“… attempted to contacting the man by email and phone but he did not respond.”
An anonymous source has told the Still Report that the so-called “man” was really a 15-year-old boy who was scared witless when he saw CNN calling and emailing him. We cannot confirm his age, however.
He immediately deleted his Reddit posts. Later, either before or after talking to CNN, he posted this rather lengthy, well-written apology. Does this read like a CNN press release to anyone else:
“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"
"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 of 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."
"The meme was created purely as satire, it was not meant to be a call to violence against CNN or any other news affiliation."
CNN explained this morning that they had interviewed the person:
“[He] sounded nervous 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.”