Leave it to CNN to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

After President Donald Trump was widely criticized for retweeting an altered video of himself body-slamming CNN during a WrestleMania match, “the most trusted name in news” went on the offensive. Let's just say that hasn't gone well.

On Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) — a Harvard Law School graduate — opined that CNN's implied threat against the creator of the video could very well be a crime.

CNN proudly broke its own “exclusive” story about tracking down the Reddit user behind the video, and his subsequent apology:

Not only was CNN criticized by the media for its handling of the incident, it was also ridiculed for taking the video too seriously, including by Trump, himself.

As if that wasn't enough, reporter Brandon Morse from The Blaze posted a video in which he portrayed the video creator as a hostage, “voluntarily” apologizing to CNN:

Morse says, in part:

"For those who do not know me, I am the guy who made that gif [...] that tarnished the reputation of the respected, and much-loved by the people, CNN.

It is with great regret that I made this gif that gave credence to the false and dishonorable Donald Trump, who is 'totally not in bed with the Russians', and who lost the popular vote to the great and rightful president, Hillary Clinton. Blessed by her name."

“Covfefe” summed up much of the reaction:

While Trump has his share of critics over his continuing onslaught against CNN, and other media outlets he considers to be little more than “fake news,” perhaps “the most trusted name in news” has learned a lesson in counterpunching. Maybe not.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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