CNN is refusing to air a new campaign ad from President Trump because it labels the mainstream media as “fake news” in giant red letters. If only the graphic overlay is removed, CNN says it would have no problem sending it to air.
The ad, seen above, lists several of Trump’s accomplishments in his first 100 days in office including Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, new American jobs, approving the Keystone pipeline, slashed regulations, and the “biggest tax cut in history.” Then, the faces of MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, and CBS’s Scott Pelley appear on screen, branded with “FAKE NEWS” as the voiceover states, “You wouldn’t know it from watching the news.”
Michael Glassner, the Trump campaign’s executive director, accused CNN of censorship and squelching free speech because the ad doesn’t match CNN’s agenda. But CNN responded, saying they only take issue with the “fake news” graphic:
Glassner called CNN’s response “shameful” and added that the network “fears an opposing point of view” and is "blocking the positive message that President Trump is trying to share with our country.”
Newsbusters noted the irony in CNN’s decision to give a certain someone a bunch of air time for an upcoming interview:
How ironic that news of this decision breaks as CNN had just offered 40 minutes of fluffy interview time to Trump’s unsuccessful opponent, Hillary Clinton...which made it sound tinny when CNN president Jeff Zucker accused Fox News in a recent New Yorker podcast of being “state-run TV…”
If President Hillary had wanted to run an ad touting 100 days of achievements, CNN would never have refused it. But then, Hillary wouldn’t have denounced the liberal media in that ad. Or perhaps CNN would just say “Don’t pay good money for an ad. We’ll give you an hour of free air time with Christiane Amanpour....just as we used to give you a free hour of softballs with Larry King.”
It seems the Clinton News Network is a little sensitive these days.