CNN Refuses to Run Trump Campaign Spot Over 'Fake News' Graphic
CNN and President Trump's reelection campaign are trading written blows over accusations of "fake news" in the campaign's latest advertisement.
The campaign's executive director, Michael Glassner, said CNN is stifling their free speech rights and said they are being "censored" because their ad's message "doesn't fit [CNN's] narrative."
CNN shot back in a press released posted to Twitter saying the graphic calling the mainstream media "fake news" is "false," which negates the ad's ability to be aired.
In response to the Donald J. Trump for President campaign’s accusations of ad censorship: pic.twitter.com/0Rbanpf0dn
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) May 2, 2017
"It will be accepted only if that graphic is deleted. Those are the facts," CNN said.
Glassner called the response "shameful" and said the network's response proved that the Ted Turner-founded cable outlet "fears an opposing point of view."
"The media [is] blocking the positive message that President Trump is trying to share with our country," Glassner said.
At one point, the advertisement spells out "Fake News" and a narrator says "you wouldn't know [about Trump's accomplishments] from watching the news."
CNN's evening anchor, Wolf Blitzer, is featured in the graphic, alongside Scott Pelley of CBS, Andrea Mitchell and Rachel Maddow of NBC and George Stephanopoulos of ABC.
On "The Five," Jesse Watters said CNN is upset because during President Obama's term they were "in on the joke" and now they are the "butt of the joke."
"It's like having your ex do your wedding toast," Greg Gutfeld said.
Watch the ad below: