The direct threat is: “CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.”
That would be a direct threat by CNN to dox the identity of a private individual if the citizen refuses to remain apologetic and compliant to the ideological dictates of the corporate CNN’s media outlook.
Got that comrades? Failure to remain a compliant citizen may render you subject to targeting by CNN corporate media.
Worth remembering. CNN has instituted a multi-level corporate approval process for all media articles. That means everyone within the media organization from top tier executives through legal departments and editors approved of this statement.
And people thought this meme was tongue in cheek. Turns out it was entirely accurate: