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Ted Cruz Has Some Brutal Advice for CNN After Blackmailing GIF-Maker: Lawyer Up

Not only was CNN’s blackmailing of the Trump-CNN WWE Smackdown GIF-maker highly unethical and lacking in any sort of journalistic standards, but it looks highly illegal according to Georgia law, as pointed out by Senator [score]Ted Cruz[/score] on Wednesday.

Senator Cruz, who even liberal law professor Alan Dershowitz said was “off the charts brilliant,” quoted the Georgia statute (GA § 16-8-16) which covers theft by extortion and states that it’s a crime if CNN, a leading member of the Democrat Media Complex, threatened to “Disseminate any information tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt, or ridicule….”

It certainly appears as though CNN at the very least bullied the maker of the GIF of Trump bodyslamming CNN. CNN targeted Reddit user HanAssholeSolo who offered an apology for creating the satirical GIF but CNN “K-File” reporter Andrew Kaczynski admitted that CNN would hold his personal identity over his head, threatening to release it if he returned to posting information they found offensive.

Kaczynski said that he decided not to report the person’s real 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.”

However, Kaczynski added this caveat which can only be interpreted as a threat:

“CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.” 

Ted Cruz wasn’t the only one critical of CNN’s bully tactics. Reporter German Lopez from leftist website VOX slammed the network’s actions as “extremely unethical” for CNN to be saying basically that “don’t post stuff we don’t like or we’ll dox you.”

In other words, CNN, it’s probably a good idea to lawyer-up at this point.

Conservative media mogul Brent Bozell said on Wednesday that CNN’s hatred for President Donald Trump is so void of journalistic standards that they’re making themselves look like “absolute idiots.”

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Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.
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