With #CNNBlackmail now the number one trending Twitter hashtag, will CNN finally learn?

After publishing a story indicating it reserves the right to “out” a Reddit user behind the now-ubitquitous Trump-CNN wrestling video, the embattled news network is facing nationwide anger and disgust.

Unsurprisingly, the culprit behind CNN’s latest credibility-killing operation is none other than Andrew Kaczynski, the twentysomething head of its KFile political hit squad.

In recent weeks, the Media Equality Project (of which this writer is co-founder and co-chairperson) has battled Kaczynski on several fronts, particularly over KFile’s role in eliminating presidential nominees through what appear to be false accusations of plagiarism.

Kaczynski’s latest headache for the network was triggered by a single line in the piece, it’s the last sentence in this excerpt:

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.


Through the Media Equality Project’s Twitter accounts, co-founder Melanie Morgan has sparred publicly with Kaczynski for some time, revealing a partisan operative with a thin skin who lacks testing on the battlefield.

Why the network would place such an important political task in the hands of a young, high school-educated activist seems hard to imagine.


For his part, Kaczynski is working furiously to contain the damage, while CNN itself seems caught off-guard after the holiday:

With such an intense backlash, it’s hard to imagine how long CNN and parent Time Warner can endure the hit to its credibility. Will they terminate Kaczynski and KFile?