TIME WARNER SHAREHOLDERS GO AFTER CNN FOR BIASED REPORTING
In the midst of all of the scandals that rocked CNN in June and May when they were forced to fire Kathy Griffin from her News Year gig as a co-host for New Year for an image she proudly touted of a mock bloody beheaded President Trump and firing Reza Aslan after he called our President a piece of excrement, shareholders for Time Warner (The parent company of CNN) went after CNN CEO Jeff Bewkes for the networks biased reporting and continuous bashing of President Trump.
David Almasi, the Veep of the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative communications and research foundation, is in LA to question Bewkes. Both Almasi and President David Ridenour are Time Warner shareholders.
“In the past month, CNN parted ways with Kathy Griffin over her photo with a mock severed Trump head and Reza Aslan after he called our President a piece of excrement for pushing the anti-terror travel ban,” Almasi said in a statement released to The Mirror that he read aloud at the meeting.
Almasi is also irked at CNN for sponsoring Julius Caesar in the park.
Some sponsors have dropped out — but not Time Warner.
“Mr. Bewkes, we have urged you many times to make CNN more objective,” Almasi said in his statement. “You have admitted to us in 2014 the need for more balance. We praised you last year after CNN President Jeffrey Zucker also acknowledged this and acted on the need for more diverse views. But bias is apparently worse than ever. As shareholders, we are concerned about the repetitional risk to our investment in Time Warner as CNN appears to be a key player in the war against the Trump presidency.”
Almasi cited a Media Research Center study of CNN programing for 14 hours and 27 minutes of news coverage back on May 12. The report concluded that all but 68 minutes were devoted to Trump with 96 guests out of 123 being negative.
The Veep flatly told Bewkes that he isn’t achieving the goal he made to shareholders in 2014 to “try to be independent and objective.” “Is it any wonder that President Trump mocks CNN as ‘fake news,’ that the network was snubbed by Vice President Pence and that it receives poor access at White House press events?” he asked.
By all accounts it has been a extremely bad couple of months for CNN, especially amidst a pending purchase of Time Warner by AT&T.
'ONE OF THE GREATEST MOMENTS IN THE HISTORY OF THE INTERNET'
The "great meme war of 2017" started with a tweet by President Trump, an amusing little Internet meme in the form of a GIF that retouched a 2013 WWE video clip, showing the president body-slamming the CNN logo.
In typical "crybully" fashion, CNN, who had been attacking the president non-stop, now declared they were a "victim" and the Internet meme was actually and "incitement" to violence against all MSM member, who should now be in fear for their lives. Other MSM outlets jumped right into the narrative that they were the victims of the "bully" president. It was very dramatic!
Crybully: "Someone who uses the perceived righteousness of a social justice cause as a pretext to abuse others, and then plays the victim when confronted about that abuse."
Then, in perhaps one of the greatest examples of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, after all, the CNN scandals were second page news while the President's tweet became front page news, CNN committed a blunder which led to what a columnist and novelist who has written for a number of publications, including the Daily Mail, Daily Express, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and The Spectator, James Delingpole, calls "one of the greatest moments in the history of the internet."
CNN hunted down that meme maker, some anonymous random Internet user that thought the GIF was funny, and they contacted him letting him know they knew who he was. So he apologized and CNN decided it would be a great idea to inform the public they "tracked him down," and he apologized for his "bad behavior on social media," but they were not going to released his name, in the interest of his personal safety, unless he went back to his "bad behavior."
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.
If that sounds like a threat to those reading, pundits on both sides of the political aisle, even those that were so quick to take CNN's side over the president daring to tweet the original meme, agree, as the Twitter hashtag #CNNBlackmail was born. Hashtags are usually a dime a dozen, they are created, people have fun with them, they start trending on Twitter, they die out within hours for the most part, especially once Twitter removes them from their "trending" sidebar.
Not #CNNBlackmail though, as it started on July 4, 2017 when the CNN article was published and promoted by CNN, it stayed trending well into the next day, and still today, July 9, 2017, thousands of tweets continue to pour in despite it being removed from the trending sidebar on the 5th.
The reason for that is forums such as Reddit (it was one of their users CNN threatened to out), 4chan, Discord, and others, declared the "great meme war of 2017" against CNN.
Before detailing the continued fall out from the "meme war," it was the creation and continued popularity of the #CNNBlackmail hashtag that Delingpole referred to as one of the greatest moments in the history of the Internet. Not because of the slew of new "memes" being created, most of which much worse than the original one tweeted by President Trump, but because to Delingpole, the "enemy has shown its true colors," and conservatives were finally fighting back.
#CNNBlackmail, make no mistake, was a pivotal #winning moment.
Why and how did we win? Partly by using the enemy’s tactics against them; partly by exploiting a few strengths of our own.
The entire piece is well worth the read as Delingpole details exactly how conservatives turned the tables on progressive liberals, but specifically CNN, and why it was critical in regards to the culture wars, where snowflakism and victimhood has pretty much stifled any true meaningful debate.
ANALYSIS OF DELINGPOLE'S ARGUMENT
Delingpole is spot on. For years those that laughed at the Prozac dipped binkie sucking "snowflakes," thinking their antics would turn people away, where every word uttered is a "micro-aggression" and everybody that disagreed with them were "racists" or "white nationalists," forgot a major point: If only one side of the argument is being heard, then there is no pushback against their antics, there is no voice of reason or logic being heard.
In the minds of those not considered snowflakes, not lowering themselves to the level of those attacking others, was considered taking the "high road."
All that has done is create more snowflakes.... only now, since the 2016 presidential election where the MSM lost all influence and couldn't "control exactly what people think," which is what MSNBC's Mika Brzezski admitted the MSM considered their job to be, the establishment media has become those snowflakes, where every word President Trump utters is a "micro-agression," every agenda item he implements is "racist ," or will "kill people," and every tweet he sends is the end of the world and Democracy as we know it (reminder to the MSM that spews that nonsense - America is a Republic, not a Democracy).
AP: In stories published April 6, June 2, June 26 and June 29, The Associated Press reported that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies have agreed that Russia tried to influence the 2016 election to benefit Donald Trump. That assessment was based on information collected by three agencies – the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency – and published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which represents all U.S. intelligence agencies. Not all 17 intelligence agencies were involved in reaching the assessment.
Either they be forced to start reporting the truth or they need to be destroyed, put into bankruptcy and driven out of business.
THE GREAT MEME WAR OF 2017
Although it was a Reddit user that created the original GIF meme that was threatened and basically blackmailed by CNN, it was 4chan that declared that CNN had started a war on the entire Internet, with different forums, including Discord, Reddit, and a whole host of other social media platforms, that started compiling a list of CNN's advertisers to contact, and declared their own "meme war" where now thousands of GIFS, memes, images and videos are now going viral across the internet, with InfoWars starting a contest offering 20K for the best "meme," all resulting in an onslaught of anti-CNN images all over the Internet, many of them far worse than the one they initially cried over.
There is panic at CNN, as their credibility is shot and their ratings are tanking, while employees feel "victimized" because after months and months of their attacks against President Trump, his family and his supporters, they finally went too far and are learning that if you attack us for too long, eventually, we will fight back.
The great meme war of 2017 has just begun.
ANP reader Battlesheep has shared his own contribution to the meme war against CNN, shown below.
Feel free to share your favorite memes, videos or GIF images in the comment section!