Did CNN threaten Reddit user who created Trump’s wrestling meme?

Not all of the fireworks yesterday went up into the night sky. CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski tracked down the Reddit user who created the wrestling meme retweeted by Donald Trump, discovering along the way that the same user had also created anti-Semitic and racist themes online. The user deleted all of his old works and posted an apology after getting messages from CNN but before calling Kaczynski back. CNN chose to protect his anonymity, but one line in the CNN article turned the story away from Trump and the user, and squarely on the news channel itself:

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.