BREAKING: Boycott Launched Against CNN Advertisers. Here’s the List.

July 6, 2017

When CNN was called “very fake news” two months ago by President Trump, many were unaware of how applicable the phrase was until recently. Earlier this week, CNN reporters tracked down the Reddit user behind the animated Wrestlemania clip tweeted by Trump, and published a story threatening to dox the user if they failed to adhere to CNN’s demands.

CNN’s article went viral across social media along with the hashtag #CNNBlackmail and has prompted a boycott against CNN advertisers in retaliation for their shady tactics.  

The boycott 

CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski’s caveat, “CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change,” has fueled an online grassroots movement to call on CNN’s advertisers to stop supporting extortion, blackmail, and coercion.

The head moderator of “The_Donald” subreddit, where the Trump clip was originally posted, told RT in an exclusive interview that they were coming for CNN’s advertisers. The moderator explained:

This is an attack on the Internet and CNN has informally declared war upon it. In return we need to hit CNN where it hurts, and tell the advertise companies… that you do not approve of them by running ads at the network or endorsing CNN by running adds.

The group has also been using Twitter to galvanize the base to launch a grassroots boycott against CNN’s advertisers. A favorite tactic of leftists against conservative outlets, and most recently used against Fox News’ host Sean Hannity, boycotts can work both ways.

Here’s a list of CNN’s advertisers:

Criminal violation?

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asserted on Tuesday that CNN violated federal and state laws when they threatened to reveal the identity of the Reddit user who claimed to have created the Wrestlemania clip.

Assange asserted on Twitter that CNN violated 18 U.S. § Code 241 and § 135.60 of the New York criminal code “coercion.”

Julian Assange on Twitter

CNN also appears to have committed a federal felony violation of 18 U.S. Code § 241 in relation to the 1st Amendment

Julian Assange on Twitter

CNN just committed a crime violating § 135.60 of the New York criminal code “coercion”

Can CNN survive this?

In the last two weeks, CNN retracted a story and fired three employees for publishing a false hit piece connecting Trump to Russia; a producer admitted the network has pushed the Russia narrative for ratings; Jake Tapper’s program ran a fake news cover to link Trump to using a gossip magazines for hit pieces; and another producer belittled Trump supporters while admitting the network has a strong bias against the president.

So many missteps in such a short time signals that the network is in trouble — and this time they won’t get away without facing the consequences.

The grassroots movement against CNN is the same strategy employed by David Brock — a left-wing Hillary Clinton supporter — who used his leftist organization, Media Matters, to take down former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly by attacking his advertisers amid rumors of sexual harassment.

It appears that CNN might lose more than just their credibility.


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Martin Walsh

Martin Walsh is a staff writer for The Conservative Institute.  He has a Master's degree from the University of Mississippi in International Relations and leads a college lecture on terrorism.