There's No Hero in Trump, CNN, Troll Controversy
I'm sure by now you've at least heard something about CNN going after the creator of the meme that Trump shared that was altered from the good old days when he was just an idiot, B-list celebrity, and not the leader of the free world. Just in case you haven't, some guy superimposed the CNN logo over Vince McMahon's face from some footage of him and Trump 'fighting' during a Wrestlemania 10 years ago. Naturally, it being intended to portray Trump as the protagonist against that pesky press that just won't leave him alone, the Commander-in-Tweet loved it, and shared it right away. But what you may not have considered is the possibility that every participant in this story is an asshole, and the plot remains completely devoid of a good guy.
The first heel in this bout is Trump. His gross lack of understanding what the First Amendment is actually about is just one of the many things that makes him among the most un-American human beings to ever hold office in this country. Don't get me wrong, I have no flattering views of the mainstream press (you'll see that in a minute), but that doesn't mean that they should be censored by the government, nor should anyone in office ever make blanket statements like “The FAKE NEWS media... is the enemy of the people.”
Broad statements like this make it possible for Trump and his ilk to just call anything that they don't like 'fake news,' while they sit with rock hard nipples every time FOX calls a dead black guy a 'thug' because he got caught with weed 15 years before a jumpy cop shot him in the back for sneezing near a courthouse or whatever. It's an absurd marketing control tactic that dictators have used for generations to keep from being questioned. If you can convince the public that the free press can't be trusted, then you can design all of the information that they receive to compliment your various agendas. Easy-peasey. Just ask World Basketball Champion, prodigal genius, and extra happy woman-maker, Kim Jung Un.
But the horrifying consequences of government attacking the press is no reason to handle CNN (or any other mainstream outlet) with kid's gloves. Grinning, brain-dead corpses like Wolf Blitzer don't actually use their considerable platforms to stand for anything until it's safe enough to do so. The borderline erotic obsession with a misguided view of objectivity that's boasted by these withering 'giants' of media, is just as harmful as the fake news that they're being accused of peddling.
For some reason, organizations like CNN, NBC, ABC, The Times, and a slew of others, have decided that being objective in coverage means that they need to reduce every story to a “he said, she said.” There's little doubt that this leaves the fact checkers under their employ extremely fucking bored. They rarely, if ever, see their way clear to bring up the voting records of politicians that they have all of this access to, or use historical facts to contradict the lies from that same group in real time. Instead it all just devolves into the recitation of the bullshit of others who are looking to gain political favor, and have hundreds of thousands of cold, hard reasons to lie their asses off. This leaves the few Americans with any curiosity left to fend for themselves in the way of records and facts. CNN's villainy in this particular story, however, is how they went after the guy who created the meme.
The Redditor goes by HanAssholeSolo, but the mighty forces at CNN managed to unmask the troll, and basically back him into a corner. The little fella posted a long apology and deleted his entire account. CNN responded with this not-so-subtle release:
“CNN is not publishing “HanA**holeSolo’s” name because he is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed his remorse by saying he has taken down all his offending posts, and because he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again. In addition, he said his statement could serve as an example to others not to do the same. CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.”
There's also a good chance that they discovered that HanAssholeSolo is some 15-year-old high school kid who has no idea about the nuanced balance between the government and press, and had an original cut of his work with Vince McMahon's wiener photoshopped flopping around the whole 28 seconds, but changed it after he did a spit take with his Mountain Dew, opting for a more artistic approach. But how could the news titan back down after all of that digging? There were only two options: Leave the kid alone, or make a federal case out of a gif. Clearly their hands were tied.
Finally, there's HanAssholeSolo himself. The man (or probably boy), the myth, the troll.
Whatever your feelings about Trump may be, the video was kind of funny. It was stupid, unnecessary, and had the kind of half-assed production that makes things inherently hilarious. But the fact that his apology consisted of a graveling admission that this isn't who he really is, what he really believes, or something that he really supports, makes him just as much of a jabroni as the former parties mentioned here.
It's been reported that the now deleted page of HanAssholeSolo was littered with anti-Muslim propaganda and deeply racist means. It's hard to decide whether it's worse if he's another racist, mouth-breathing, Trump supporter who thinks that knowing facts is pretentious, or just an internet troll.
We have this weird mentality in the US that there's always a good guy and a bad guy. We want to believe in the existence of a simplistic division of good and evil in every situation. But sometimes we run into a loser threeway like this, and it takes us a while to digest the horrific magnitude of it all. It's almost impossible to accept the fact that every side of a controversy has a profligate at the helm. However, the sooner that we confront this fact, the sooner we can manage it's horrific consequences.