Actress Patricia Heaton took no crap on "Everybody Loves Raymond." As it turns out, she has no patience for nonsense off the small screen as well. Like many of us, she has witnessed the ongoing battle between CNN and President Trump over the president's WWE tweet, which was created by a Reddit user. It was clearly a joke, yet the network took it as a threat, releasing a statement condemning the president for inciting violence.
Then, on Tuesday, CNN took the unprecedented step of threatening to expose the Reddit user's identity.
That was when Heaton says the network has gone a few steps too far.
Chris Cuomo, who co-hosts "New Day" with Alisyn Camerota, tweeted that he was sick of faceless users' cowardice. Unfortunately, social media noticed his lack of self-awareness.
CNN reporters now going after anonymity— Omri Ceren (@omriceren) July 5, 2017
CNN has relied on anon sources for dozens of nonsense Trump/Russia stories, incl retracted stories https://t.co/oHvWbLKhmB
It wasn't until the Reddit user issued an unnecessary apology that CNN mercifully dropped its unmasking threat.
"The reason that I think this is so notable … This is a very, full-throated, genuine honest apology," Camerota said. "He has also asked that we not reveal his name or whereabouts, and we at CNN are honoring that because he's apologized, and he thinks that he would then be in danger and at risk if other people knew his name. We get it. We understand that."
President Trump's WWE gif is now his most retweeted tweet of all time.