Thursday 23 November 2017

CNN refuses to run Donald Trump ad condemning 'fake news'

'You wouldn't know it from watching the news. America is winning, and President Trump is making America great again' - the ad says

President Donald Trump speaks during a presentation ceremony of the Commander-in-Chief trophy to the Air Force Academy football team, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump speaks during a presentation ceremony of the Commander-in-Chief trophy to the Air Force Academy football team, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

David Bauder

Donald Trump's supporters have accused CNN of censorship for not airing an advertisement touting the president's accomplishments after the network said it rejected it because of its claims about "fake news".

The ad from Trump's campaign - he became a declared candidate for re-election in 2020 on January 19 - says "America has rarely seen such success" and lists a series of actions from the first 100 days of his presidency.

"You wouldn't know it from watching the news. America is winning, and President Trump is making America great again," the ad says. The faces of NBC's Andrea Mitchell, CNN's Wolf Blitzer, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, ABC's George Stephanopoulos and CBS' Scott Pelley are shown on screen behind the phrase "fake news".

CNN said it requested the campaign removes the "false graphic".

It tweeted: "The mainstream media is not fake news, and therefore the ad is false and per policy will be accepted only if that graphic is deleted."

Michael Glassner, executive director of Mr Trump's campaign, said "CNN is trying to silence our voice and censor our free speech" because it does not fit the network's narrative.

The campaign is refusing to change its ad, which is running on the Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network. Mr Trump's team is spending 1.5 million US dollars to spread its message.

CNN has been a frequent target of Mr Trump's criticism, both during the campaign and during his young presidency. In tweets, he has called CNN "fake news" and "unwatchable".

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