I've been reading comments about how CNN better "watch out" otherwise they'll be doxxed...
Well, the thing is, you can't really "doxx" a news outlet. The journalists put their names next to the headlines. I suppose annons could put out their
phone numbers and home addresses, but that isn't hard to find if you know their name already.
The reason I suspect CNN is showing "restraint" (feigned or real) is due the kid's age. Knowing the person is 15 now makes a lot more things click.
Have you folks seen the "apology"?
At first the apology seemed so stiff, forced for an adult leading me to think that CNN had some kind scary lawyer contacting the guy -- but the dude's
15, his parents are probably making him apologize after learning it was their son who had all the racist/bigoted/anti-Semitic posts tied to that
reddit account. I know at 15 my parents would have been pissed at me...
CNN could have done things a few different ways here.
1. They release the kids name, which IMO would have been the worst thing for CNN, you and me.
2. Not release the kids name, say nothing. The problem with that is it doesn't prevent another journalist with another outlet from releasing the kids
They took option #3:
There really isn't an good way to say "we know who made the .gif and we're not saying who it is -- and neither should you." By saying, "We know who
the individual is, and we're not saying who it is out of respect for the privacy" -- they're essentially putting other journalists on notice that they
shouldn't release the person's name either.
It isn't what I would have advised CNN to do, knowing how the people of the internet would take it.
Let me again repeat that statement: It isn't what I would have advised CNN to do.
Look, the kid apparently made it pretty easy to discover who is is from his posts all on his own. That's an entirely other topic for another thread
(on how millenials and younger generations are to trusting online).
Anyway, it's not like CNN spent thousands of hours and resources to track this kid down, which means it's highly likely other news agencies (both MSM
and independent bloggers) also have this kids identity right now, already.
I think what CNN should have done was confirm they had an identity but not contact the person
. CNN should have made a statement saying that
yeah, sure, they know who made the meme, but in the interest of self-expression and free speech they're "not going to investigate or push the
That would have served two purposes:
1. Put other outfits on notice that they shouldn't either, putting CNN out in front of any possible release of personal information dropped by a blog
or other MSM outlet.
2. Kept CNN from looking petty and/or menacing.
I honestly don't think they're blackmailing the kid or his family. I really don't. I think the entire thing was bungled, and to be honest -- handled
quite irresponsibly. Why even bother contacting the kid? To confirm he's the person? Who cares, CNN?
CNN should have stayed the hell away and not made contact. Period. What's surprising is how many young people work for CNN. The "culture" of the
internet has it's own social rules and these types of things aren't "cool" or "OK" to netizens. God I'm showing my age, we used to call people of the
internet 'netizens' back in the 90s.
Anyway. That's how I feel. Not condoning, but I'm also not jumping on this hive-mind blind rage train either.
Damn CNN, you screwed this one up.
edit on 5-7-2017 by Kettu because: (no reason given)