It’s becoming clear that the 2020 presidential election campaign, already in startup mode as evidenced by ads that are being created for broadcast, could very well be a war between the sitting president, Donald Trump, and the media, which he describes as “fake news” for its powerful ties to Democrat politics.
CNN refused to air an ad created by the Donald J. Trump for President organization because it has a frame of images of network anchors with the label “fake news” across their faces.
Only hours after the ad was refused, the Trump campaign organization hit back.
According to a statement released by Executive Director Michael Glassner, the action by CNN “is censorship pure and simple.”
“By rejecting our ad, CNN has proven that it supports censorship, is biased and fears an opposing point of view,” he explained.
“President Trump’s loyal supporters know the truth: The mainstream media mislead, misguide, deceive, and distract,” he continued, “CNN epitomizes the meaning of fake news and has proven it by rejecting our paid campaign ad.”
The network earlier contended that “The mainstream media is not fake news.”
See the ad yourself:
It boasts of the president’s accomplishments regarding business, energy independence, the Supreme Court, tax-cut plans and more.
The Washington Times explained, “One of the featured media correspondents was CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. The network refused to air the ad because of the accusation, which they said was false. CNN asked that the graphic be removed and they would air it. The request was refused.”
The Trump re-election campaign launched the $1.5 million ad in response to claims in the media that he’s been slow to accomplish his goals, despite the fact that although the GOP holds the majorities in both houses of Congress, many in the GOP openly opposed Trump’s nomination and campaign, and even yet haven’t made a commitment to support his efforts and programs.
CNN said in its opinion the graphic was “false” and said it would have to be removed before the ad could run.
“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 network claimed.
In response to the Donald J. Trump for President campaign’s accusations of ad censorship: http://pic.twitter.com/0Rbanpf0dn
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) May 2, 2017
The ad states, “Donald Trump. Sworn in as president 100 days ago, America has rarely seen such success.”