Every major TV network has refused to air a “fake news” ad put together by Donald Trump’s administration. News of the rejection was first reported by Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump. She called the move a “chilling precedent against free speech rights.”
“All of the mainstream media television networks have decided to block the paid placement of a campaign ad that celebrates the achievements of President Trump in his first 100 days in office,” Lara wrote on DonaldJTrump.com.
“Apparently, the mainstream media are champions of the First Amendment only when it serves their own political views. Faced with an ad that doesn’t fit their biased narrative, CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC have now all chosen to block our ad. This is an unprecedented act of censorship in America that should concern every freedom-loving citizen.”
In all fairness to the networks, Trump has repeatedly tried to undermine their own freedom of speech rights, claiming that CNN, The New York Times, Politico, and various other networks, are nothing more than “fake news” outlets.
A statement from CNN’s public relations department reads: “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.”
Lara Trump promoted the ad and called out networks that she claims “refuse to report the facts.”
“It’s a great ad and it highlights all the wonderful things that have happened that you don’t hear about every day because some people don’t watch Fox News,” she told Fox News host Sean Hannity. “If you don’t watch Fox, you probably aren’t hearing all the great things the president has done.”
We should all be scared that she noted it’s “because some people don’t watch Fox News.” Apparently, state-run TV is alive and well in America.
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.