CNN this week refused to broadcast an ad put out by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
The commercial was put together in order to tout the achievements of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days. At one point in the commercial, the voiceover says that Trump is doing extremely well but “you wouldn’t know it from watching the news.” A graphic is then displayed on screen showing news anchors, including CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, talking, and the text “FAKE NEWS” covers their faces.
This is the reason that CNN refused to broadcast the ad. In a statement, CNN said that they did not air the commercial because it is false to say that the mainstream media is fake news.
“CNN requested that the advertiser remove the false graphic that says the mainstream media is ‘fake news,'” CNN said in a statement. “The mainstream media is not fake news, and therefore the ad is false. Per our policy, it will be accepted only if that graphic is deleted. Those are the facts.”
The Donald Trump campaign (not the White House, but the campaign) put out their own statement today with the headline “FAKE NEWS STATION REFUSES TO RUN AD HIGHLIGHTING THE PRESIDENT’S FIRST 100 DAYS.”
“It is absolutely shameful to see the media blocking the positive message that President Trump is trying to share with the country,” Michael Glassner executive director of the Trump campaign, said in the statement. “It’s clear that CNN is trying to silence our voice and censor our free speech because it doesn’t fit their narrative.”
The Donald Trump for President YouTube channel has made the commercial available for viewing online.