Didn't expect to see blatant political baiting on tf.tv today, but I guess that is what happens with pol goes into defcon 1. The whole situation is being blown out of proportion by those focusing on very minute details.
For those who need greentext to follow the chain of event:
> Be journalist for cnn
> Have nothing to write about, but know you write for a liberal audience, so you check the president's twitter to see if there has been anything said that you can criticize / debunk
> See a gif that the president tweeted, search to see who created the gif
> Find out that this person happens to be a massive bigot
> Decide to write an article about their viewpoints and how the president found the gif
> Try and get into contact with the creator, since direct quotes always make articles better
> Search their reddit history and find their name / identifying information directly in their posts
> Get their contact info by entering their information into facebook
> Call them asking for a comment but get no response
> Be creator of gif that the president tweeted
> Get a call from cnn that you ignore
> Realize that an article detailing how much of a bigot you are is about to be published, write a massive apology to reddit and delete all your posts.
> Call cnn back apologizing for your actions and tell them you deleted everything
> Hope, that while cnn will publish their article, they won't release your name so as to not ruin your relationships and possible career.
> They agree but only if I become more tolerant of those around me.
As for the narrative that is being pushed. There has been no statement as to the age of the gif creator, but the majority of evidence points to them being middle aged, not 15. CNN is not coercing the creator to become tolerant, just read any sentence of the multiple paragraphs they wrote / spoke in the article that was published. CNN did not use any form of social engineering or corporation influence to obtain their name. Reading through comments and finding their personal information is not what I would consider an abuse of a person's expectation to anonymity on the internet. If you want to remain anonymous, just don't post identifying information.
It isn't like they messaged their friends asking for pieces of information that they could combine together to manipulate a real life acquaintance to giving up their personal information. Nor did they use their username to see if there are any leaked information from hacks that they could obtain. Nor did they use their ip to geo-locate them. Those would be severe misuses of power that would rightly deserve the outburst they are receiving.
What this article shows is that many of the people who do post these terrible things on the internet (not the gif, things like why they should murder all jews and muslims) aren't strongly entrenched in their opinions and/or are just doing it for acceptance or because "memes."