CNN has refused to air an ad President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign—Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.—created to celebrate his first 100 days in office because of the negative light the ad places on several news anchors.
The $1.5 million ad, released Monday, May 1, highlights some of the Trump’s administrations accomplishments such as Justice Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, job growth, regulation cuts and national security.
“You wouldn’t know it from watching the news,” the ad said, depicting several news anchors such as MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and NBC’s Andrea Mitchell with the phrase “fake news.”
The Trump campaign has called CNN out for censorship, saying that they refused to air the “First 100 Days” ad because it drew attention to the mainstream media’s “peddling fake news.”
“It is absolutely shameful to see the media blocking the positive message that President Trump is trying to share with the country,” Michael Glassner, the executive director of Trump’s campaign said in a statement. “It’s clear that CNN is trying to silence our voice and censor our free speech because it doesn’t fit their narrative.”
CNN responded, saying that they did not run the ad because of the “false graphic.”
“The mainstream media is not fake news, and therefore the ad is false,” CNN said in a statement on Twitter. “Per our policy, it will be accepted only if that graphic is deleted. Those are the facts.”
Glassner thinks otherwise and released another statement saying that CNN’s actions prove the network “supports censorship, is biased and fears an opposing point of view,” and that Trump’s supporters know the truth.
Journal Gazette reports that the ad is airing on the Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network, and according to USA Today, even though CNN rejected the ad, it could still air on the network through a local ad buy.