Speaking on Fox News to Tucker Carlson, Mark Steyn said that CNN has gone off the rails in its reaction to a GIF video that shows President Donald Trump wrestling and punching at a figure over which was superimposed a logo of the network. Steyn told Carlson that CNN is ridiculous for having spent the time to determine the identity of the creator of the GIF.
Trump tweeted the GIF on Sunday, sparking accusations that was calling for violence against the network and the media in general. CNN tracked down the person, who reporter Andrew Kaczynski has identified as a middle-aged man. The network got an apology out of the man, who also removed his content on the Reddit website in exchange for maintaining his anonymity. However, the network is reserving the right of outing the creator.
Carlson asked, "Why not figure out where [ISIS leader Abu Bakr] al-Baghdadi is?" In response, Steyn said, "A major news organization is policing some no-name schlub's internet content and threatening to reveal his identity if he transgresses their particular standards." Steyn added, "Wolf Blitzer has basically put a horse's head in this guy's bed," in a reference to a famous scene in "The Godfather."
Steyn, who occasionally fills in for Rush Limbaugh, lambasted CNN anchor Chris Cuomo for issuing a tweet (which is now deleted) in which he asked readers whether the network should reveal the GIF creator's identity. "Should CNN reveal name of Reddit user who made trump wrestling video?" asked Cuomo. He is the scion of a Democratic political family and brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). "Get lost you creeps," Steyn said of Cuomo and CNN. Steyn said that it is media outlets who have members murdered or menaced by Muslim terrorists who are truly under threat.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has suggested that CNN may have violated a Georgia state law that forbids coercion and extortion.