dglobalnews.com Trump's CNN-Wrestling Tweet was a 'Juvenile Tweet'
Published: Tue, July 04, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Trump's CNN-Wrestling Tweet was a 'Juvenile Tweet'


Donald Trump sparked a furore online on Sunday when he shared a video on Twitter which depicted him body slamming a person with the logo of the CNN television network superimposed over his face.

PEN America, a New York-based writers' group that promotes free speech, said it was "sadly accustomed to Donald Trump's vicious, ill-informed and sometimes lewd attacks on journalists and the media" but called Sunday's tweet "a new low".

"The altered video had apparently circulated on the internet before Trump tweeted it with the hashtags, "#FraudNewsCNN #FNN".

When asked if the president's tweet violated Twitter's standards against harassment or inciting violence, a Twitter spokeswoman told HuffPost: "We don't comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons". They have got to stand for democracy, for freedom of the press.

Some are anxious about the freedom and safety of the working journalists saying the social promotion of violence against journalists may create a livid environment against the media.

A White House aide insisted the tweet shouldn't send a chill across the media landscape. I hope they don't.

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White House officials traveling with Trump during his weekend stay at his New Jersey golf club did not immediately respond to questions about who made the video or about any message the president might have meant to send.

The original video is from Trump's appearance on WWE's WrestleMania 23 in 2007, BuzzFeed News reported. The man he's seen tackling is the company's founder, Vince McMahon.

The video was posted on Wednesday by the Reddit user with the title "Trump takes down fake news".

Media spent the majority of Sunday discussing the tweet. It was the latest in a long string of the president's attacks on the media, which he has referred to as "the enemy of the people".

The president's ongoing feud with CNN over its coverage of him has escalated in recent days, specifically after the cable TV network retracted a story last week on its website about the Senate investigating a Russian bank linked to Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci.

But people reacted furiously on social media, including Ms Rowling, who quoted Abraham Lincoln as she mocked Mr Trump.

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