CNN lost their minds of over Donald Trump tweeting out a GIF from Wrestlemania showing him clotheslining someone with a CNN logo superimposed on their face.

They launched a major investigation into who created the meme that ended with accusations of blackmail.

Now it turns out CNN may have published even more fake news and it could blow up in their faces.

CNN published a major story about how they tracked down the Reddit user who supposedly created the meme Trump tweeted out.

They claimed they would not reveal his real name because he had apologized and promised never to post anything offensive again.

But in their statement, CNN also noted that they reserved the right to change their mind and publish his real identity:

“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.”

Critics immediately accused CNN of coercion and #CNNblackmail was the number one trending topic on Twitter in the entire United States.

However new details show they may have targeted the wrong man.

The Daily Caller reports:

KFile’s entire piece, as well as each piece CNN posted on the subject, was borne on the premise that the Reddit user who claimed credit was actually right.

Turns out, he might not have been.

A Buzzfeed analysis shows the origins of the meme Trump actually tweeted could very well trace back to a Facebook page, and that the president or his administration likely did not come across it on Reddit. The gif Trump tweeted is at best a modified version of the video HanAssholeSolo posted on Reddit. The clip he posted is longer, has different coloring, does not have the same watermark and does not include audio. Trump’s video is not even technically a gif, which is a soundless video on loop, but instead is the same clip spliced together.

Buzzfeed also noted that it would be “almost impossible” for Trump to have downloaded the video to his phone directly from Reddit because of the type of video file HanAssholeSolo shared. A much more likely scenario is that someone else downloaded the Reddit file, modified it and then shared it somewhere that got the president’s attention. That could have been through a text or email or some other means.

“Throughout all of this, we haven’t actually learned anything about where Trump and members of his inner circle are getting their memes,” Buzzfeed concludes with gravitas, seemingly as oblivious as CNN about the journalistic seriousness of memevestigations.

“Throughout all of this, we haven’t actually learned anything about where Trump and members of his inner circle are getting their memes,” Buzzfeed concludes with gravitas, seemingly as oblivious as CNN about the journalistic seriousness of memevestigations.”

This new possible error comes at a time when CNN is consistently losing credibility with millions of Americans.

They were forced to retract a fake news story that a Trump transition advisor was being investigated by Congress just weeks after the network published another fake news story that former FBI Director Jim Comey would contradict Trump’s claim that Comey had told him three times he was not under investigation.

If CNN hunted down the wrong individual and threatened to ruin his life it could have serious consequences for CNN.

We will keep you updated on any new developments in this story.

 

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