CNN ran a story on Tuesday about a Reddit user who had created the infamous Trump-WWE-CNN meme.

Some say the article was framed in a way so as to send a message to all trolls that CNN was not going to spare any expense taking them down.

Many people saw this as CNN blackmailing a man and consequently the rest of the anti-CNN & KEK lobbies. This sparked the #CNNBlackmail hashtag.

For days this was the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter. 

So what really happened?

A couple of days ago, President Trump tweeted a meme which showed CNN being tackled to the ground, it was a silly and hilarious GIF made by a Reddit user going by the name "HanAssholeSolo".

So, obviously, this made CNN lose their mind and dedicate days of 'news' coverage to one tweet, debating whether or not the president should be impeached over this. This, by CNN reporting, was apparently an incitement to violence. Which motivated the crack team they have there to spends hundreds of thousands of network dollars 'tracking' the guy who made the meme.

CNN pretty much forced him to take down all his previous posts, even if it had nothing to do with CNN. And made him issue a public apology saying he was sorry and promising to never do it again.

But did CNN actually blackmail him?

After acknowledging that releasing his identity would be unethical and wrong, CNN wrote in the latter part of the article, "CNN reserves the right to publish his identity......"

Publishing his identity would obviously cause a lot of distress in his life, even physical violence. CNN admits this but 'reserves the right' to publish his name.

This was what people were calling a threat, to him and to many others who may be posting memes about CNN.

It might actually be classic blackmail

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