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#CNNBlackmail: CNN Facing Backlash After Allegedly Blackmailing Redditor Over Trump/CNN Meme

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If you’re a social media lover, then you may have already seen the latest trending hashtag, #CNNBlackmail. This comes after Reddit user “HanA**holeSolo” created a meme in which a video of Donald Trump tackling WWE Chairman Vince McMahon to the ground and pummelling him at WrestleMania features the CNN logo pasted over McMahon’s face, making it look like Trump was taking down CNN.

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As you can see, it’s currently trending on Twitter:

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Though the following video was slightly edited and the original Reddit post is now deleted, this is essentially what he had posted:

President Donald Trump tweeted the video last weekend, causing the entire thing to go viral.

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It’s easy to read between the lines and see the humour within this clip. Trump has repeatedly called out mainstream media outlets for being the real pushers of “fake news” (which you can read more about in our CE article here).

Below is a video in which Trump actually calls out a CNN reporter, specifically referring to the organization as fake news:

In response to the meme, CNN decided to investigate the real identity behind HanA**holeSolo’s online persona, which they found. They then interviewed the Redditor and published a lengthy article featuring a long-winded apology from him. Keep in mind that this apology came after CNN found the Redditor and contacted him; however, many are claiming that CNN allegedly threatened to expose the meme maker’s identity if he didn’t issue a public apology.

These allegations came to light largely because of a statement in the CNN article:

The article clearly suggests that CNN will publish the Redditor’s real identity if he retracts his apology. This is precisely where the #CNNBlackmail hashtag comes into play. People all over the internet are standing up for the Redditor, claiming that CNN is violating human rights by threatening to reveal the Redditor’s identity if he takes back his apology.

Blackmail allegations aren’t something to take lightly. Human beings are entitled to freedom of speech, and part of the beauty of life lies in our ability to express ourselves freely. The fact that a news organization is threatening to take that away from a human being is considered unacceptable to many, which is precisely why so many people are standing up for him.

It’s not just people who are skeptical of mainstream media or dislike CNN who are reacting, either. This has outraged many individuals from all political camps who feel badly that someone who created a joke is now being publicly scrutinized and allegedly blackmailed as a result.

CNN said in a statement that the meme could’ve inspired violence against CNN reporters and employees.

The Committee to Protect Journalists claimed that the tweet “undermines the work of the media in the U.S. and makes it more dangerous.” I would argue that CNN and other “news” organizations undermine the work and the credibility of mainstream media themselves, as they often manipulate information and create fake news.

Many news organizations are reporting on this story now, one of which is Wikileaks.

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange tweeted:

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One of the greatest parts about the internet, technology, and Reddit in particular is the expectation of anonymity. You can bond with like-minded people without their knowing every detail about you or what you look like. However, it’s unsurprising that CNN was able to find this Redditor’s identity, as the internet does not guarantee anonymity. What you post could remain with you forever, which many people forget.

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t speak your truth; it’s just an important aspect of the internet to remember, and it’s certainly something this Redditor is now thinking about. The Redditor said “it was a prank, nothing more” and the meme “was created purely as satire, it was not meant to be a call to violence against CNN or any other news affiliation.”

Of course, CNN threatening to expose this Redditor’s identity is still wrong, but it’s simply a reminder that perhaps we shouldn’t post things on the internet if we’re not willing to accept responsibility for them.

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A large portion of our journalism that you’re used to seeing on our Collective Evolution platform has now moved over to The Pulse. We will be publishing most of our news articles there, while Collective Evolution focuses more on personal development.

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

Australian UFO study.

According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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