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July 05, 2017

Old and Busted: Jake Tapper Whines That Trump Tweets About the Media Instead of About "Syria"
New Hotness: CNN Spends Four Days Covering the F*** Out of Trump's WWE Gif

Shot: Jake Tapper in full peacocking mode. Lovely plumage!


Chaser: Trump's ten second tweet triggers CNN into four days of nonstop coverage of a gif about fake pro wrestling.

By the way, when I retweeted that headline, and even as I began writing this post, I assumed, frankly, the headline was kind of bullshit. Surely Peter Hansen was doing some #FakeNews hyperbole in claiming that CNN was covering the WWE tweet for four straight days.

But he wasn't.

CNN covered the tweet in every hour of its on-air coverage Monday starting at the 11:00 a.m. hour and going through the 7 p.m. hour.

“I want to know today, how from this troll on Reddit, this hateful troll who posts anti-Semitic racist trash against CNN and other people and outlets how did it get from this person to the president’s twitter feed?” asked CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter during one such segment. “We don’t know the answer to that. There’s a lot of clues online about how this thing started but now how it reached the president’s desk. I hope the White House answers that because this is not the first time we have seen sort of meme from the swamps of the Internet make its way to the president’s Twitter feed."

And then you know what happened last night, as CNN threatened to doxx the gif's maker. And today, many have noted, this remained their headline story on their website throughout most of the day. (It's not, now -- but I suspect that's because the story has turned against them, rather badly.)

This reminds me of when CNN's Dylan Byers whined that "real reporters" were asking questions about Syria, where as "rightwing reporters" were asking questions about CNN's retracted #FakeNews report about "Russian connections" and Trump associate Tony Scaramucci.

Which prompted Sean Davis to inform Dylan Byers that he had last tweeted about Syria 77 days before, thus making him not a "real reporter" at all, and likely a right-wing racist.


Let me note the Social Justice Warrior's primary justification for censorship, intimidation, mob tactics, and physical attacks: they were made to "feel unsafe," so any retaliation-before-the-fact -- let's call it "pretaliation," or even "pretribution" -- is justified.

Compare that with CNN's justification for #CNNBlackmail: This ridiculously silly tweet might "inspire violence" against a Protected and Exalted Minority Group -- reporters, in this instance -- and therefore it's perfectly fair to resort to mob tactics to squelch the man making you "feel unsafe."

A Swarm of Assholes: Allisyn Camarota, Chris "Chaplinski Rule" Cuomo and Brian Stelter weigh in, and I do mean weigh, especially with regard to Fat Joker.







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