posted on Jul, 5 2017 @ 06:17 AM
a reply to: Dfairlite
Sorry I don't have a hateful meme to contribute. Respond to this instead:
CNN does not have the constitutional power to tell a random kid what to do or say.
But it does have legal rights. I'm not saying CNN has made the best choice from a PR point of view, but the non-stop attacks from the right are
intended to undermine their credibility. Since they specialize in news entertainment, their credibility is important to them. They sell an audience to
advertisers so that advertisers can sell products to that audience. The law specifically states that if lies can cause financial harm, it is libel.
This "random kid" is attempting to commit libel. Would you rather CNN sue him?
All this is part of a larger national debate. Alexandr Solzhenitsyn said that Americans abuse their freedom of expression because they take it for
granted. In Soviet Russia, you had to be careful to say things that were important enough that you were willing to accept the consequences. The past
decade has seen the emergence of a toxic troll culture in the United States. Donald Trump is not so much the President of the United States as he is
the King of Trolls. The relentless attacks against the media and press are a no holds barred attack on a core principle of democracy. Rather than use
our First Amendment right to engage in civil discourse in order to achieve the best possible policies, the electronic commons has been reduced to a
mosh pit, where the ugliest emotions are being churned up in the most destructive way possible.
It was wrong of Trump, who is being paid by the people of the United States, to put personal loyalty and profit over justice. CNN is a private
corporation that is expected to act out of self interest. When its quest for profits benefits the people, so much the better. If it leads them to
threaten legal action, they have that right under law. Whether this was the right battle for CNN at the right time... I have no idea. What distresses
me is that the man "with his finger on the button" even saw this trollery in the first place, never mind had the immaturity to re-post it.