Remember when the media investigated Joe the Plumber just because he asked a question? Or the situation with the Reddit user who posted the CNN v. Donald Trump wrestling video?
Over the weekend, the hashtag #CNNDirt popped up in my timeline. I clicked on it and found that a Trump operative named Jack Posobiec had come up with a very simple and cost-free method of digging up dirt on current CNN employees–punch CNN into the search function of Linked In, then sift through the personal Twitter accounts attached to CNN employees’ Linked In accounts.
It didn’t take him long to find a CNN editor who’d tweeted out rape jokes and comments about how watching the movie, Roots, made him hate white people. The editor quickly locked his account, but the tweets had, of course, been preserved with screen shots.
I’m not going to name the guy here. He’s not an on-air personality. But I would like to point out that this is a natural and predictable outcome of the war on privacy and free speech that CNN journalists began when they decided to hunt down a Reddit user and threaten to expose him simply for posting a tweet that poked fun at their organization.
What he is doing is terrible, despicable and in fitting with the journalistic practices of CNN.
Short term, this is very bad for the CNN employees who might have something distasteful in their Twitter timeline. Long term, I hope this is very instructive to the media.
The sames tools, practices and unfair treatment you dish out, can be used by others to embarrass you. While I have sympathy for the low level folks who have no influence in news decisions…I hope the organization takes a long look at how they treat people.