i wish i could find the source for this but i found it on reddit

Something happened 63 years ago that’s haunted me my entire life. I’ve never told anyone about it—until now

Story by reddit user  Sergeant_Darwin

It’s official: I’m an old man.

For the last couple years, I’ve comforted myself by saying I’m in my “early 70s,” but math is simple and unforgiving. Today is my 75th birthday, and God, the years do fly.

I’m not here for your well wishes; this is hardly a milestone I’m excited about. I’m glad to still be here, of course, but I find I have less and less to live for with every passing year. My bones ache, my kids live far away, and the other side of my bed has been empty for just over eight months now. In fact, once I cast my vote against that goddamned Trump this November, I may have nothing to live for at all.

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nytimes.com
CNN Story About Source of Trump Wrestling Video Draws Backlash
The network said it had found the Reddit user behind a video showing the president wrestling the CNN logo to the ground, but it did not identify the user.
By Daniel Victor

Y’know folks.

I didn’t post about this story when it broke because I was trying to enjoy my holiday break (and I had a phenomenal 4th of July, thank you for asking).

I didn’t want to think about the ramifications of the President of the United States making what essentially amounted to a shitpost as he continues his war against “FAKE NEWS!!!11111″ as opposed to, say, addressing the healthcare bill that remains a disaster or talking about what he’s going to do now that North Korea has seemingly figured out the whole ICBM thing. Y’know, stuff that’s actually important.

I didn’t want to express that my first thought after the tweet went viral was that “someone in the United States Government made this at the order of the President.”

In fact, I was relieved to find out it was some guy on Reddit who did it. And when it turned out that the guy had also made various memes and shitposts that could be considered racist or anti-Semitic, I thought the story was over.

I certainly thought it was over when CNN actually found the guy, and he apologized for making the gif.

His apology is as follows:

He also confirmed to CNN that the White House had not contacted him about using the gif and had they done so, he probably would’ve said no.

So it’s all over and done with right? The guy recognized that what started as shitposting went too far, it hurt people, he apologized and made a vow to do better in the future. Everything is peachy.

Except, then it wasn’t.

I once again direct you to CNN’s article on how they contacted the guy, and in particular the following paragraph:

“After posting his apology, “HanA**holeSolo” called CNN’s KFile and confirmed his identity. In the interview, “HanA**holeSolo” sounded nervous about his identity being revealed and asked to not be named out of fear for his personal safety and for the public embarrassment it would bring to him and his family.

“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.”

I’m going to repeat that last line.

“CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.”

What the hell does that even mean?

I mean, to me, it sounds like CNN is saying “Don’t you dare shitpost again, or we will expose you to the world!”

Now, the reporter of the story, Andrew Kaczynski has backpedaled quickly, saying that last line “was intended only to mean we made no agreement w/the man about his identity.” He said it was not a threat, and in fact in a phone call with the user after the article was posted, the user himself said he didn’t feel threatened.

So now the story should be over, right? The Redditor made a mistake, CNN made a mistake, we should just move on.

Enter the cntrl-left.

There are people on social media, and not just on this very website, that are saying CNN should release the dude’s information anyway. Granted the guy I linked to said that CNN should give the dude a second chance, but he doesn’t fault them for threatening to release the information if he messes up again.

I mean, how can anyone condone this? All this guy did at the end of the day was shitpost. He recognized it crossed the line, he apologized and he wished to move on. We should do the same. I mean is there going to be point where every time someone creates a meme that supports Trump someone at CNN is going to say “WAS IT HANASSHOLESOLO?! GET THE DOX READY! Oh wait it wasn’t him? Okay, FIND OUT WHO THIS GUY IS.”

I mean my God, the guy was a shitposter. It’s not like he was burning crosses in the ground or hurling racial epithets at Jewish people, he was just trying to make gifs! If this is the new standard for what counts as “racism” or “bigotry” or whatever, then by that logic most of the people on 4chan or Reddit should be in trouble.

And you might laugh at that, but I guarantee you that there’s folks on the cntrl-left who would cream their pants at the thought that CNN would be able to track down everyone on /pol/ or /mlp/ or r_TheDonald and threaten to release their information if they ever shitposted again.

This whole story has just been mind-boggling to me.

It’s like the alt-right said “Let’s see how we can be assholes today” and then the cntrl-left said “LET’S SEE HOW WE CAN BE EVEN BIGGER ASSHOLES.”

At the rate things are going I’m going to start channeling Lewis Black.

A Scarecrow For God

by reddit user survivalprocedure

“Can I take your picture?” Larissa sat a few feet away from me on the grey velvet sofa as I aimed my iPhone towards her. I stared at the screen intently for a moment before shifting my focus, looking over the brim of the phone at her defeated, hopeless state portrayed by bloodshot eyes.

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