On Wednesday, #CNNBlackmail began trending on Twitter after the network was accused of threatening the anonymous Reddit user behind an meme President Trump shared.
Over the weekend, President Trump tweeted a GIF of himself beating up WWE's Vince McMahon, with the CNN logo superimposed over McMahon's head. The GIF was not created by Trump. Instead, someone on Reddit with the user name "HanA**holeSolo" was the one responsible for making the GIF. CNN decided to investigate and track down the person behind this account. After figuring out who he was, the network decided not to reveal his true identity, claiming the "troll" had already apologized and they were concerned about his safety. However, a statement from the Reddit user implied CNN reserved the right to expose him.
Many on the internet saw CNN's threat to expose the Reddit user as extortion, thus the hashtag #CNNBlackmail.
Discussing the controversy on Wednesday's show, Tom said that he thought what CNN did was indeed blackmail. However, Instead of doing what they did, Tom argued that the network should have revealed what they found. That way, the troll would be exposed.
Tom argued that all internet trolls should be exposed. That way, no one will be able to hide behind an anonymous. As Tom pointed out, the Reddit user who posted the Trump/CNN GIF apologized to CNN as soon as they sent him a message. He says like bullies, this is typical of bullies who back down the moment they're confronted.
The callers seemed to agree with Tom for the most part. They said that internet trolls need to be exposed.
To hear Tom's opinion on #CNNBlackmail, click the link above.