Trump Campaign Accuses CNN of ‘Censoring President Trump’s Message’ For Refusing to Air Campaign Ad (UPDATE)
President Donald Trump‘s reelection campaign is accusing CNN of censorship over what it claims is its refusal to allow the campaign to purchase airtime on the network to broadcast an ad.
In a statement (via USA Today), Trump campaign executive director Michael Glassner ripped the network.
“Today, CNN provided further proof that the network earns this mistrust every day by censoring President Trump’s message to the American people by blocking our paid campaign ad,” Glassner said. “Clearly, the only viewpoint CNN allows on air is CNN’S.”
Titled “Let President Trump Do His Job,” the commercial features the images of a number of news personalities — including CNN’s Dana Bash, Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, and Jake Tapper — as a narrator refers to “The media attacking our President.”
It is the presence of those news anchors and reporters which the network is citing as its problem with the ad. In a statement, CNN says it has not rejected the ad — though they do object to the images of the news personalities.
“Anchors and reporters don’t have ‘enemies’ as the ad states,” the statement said. “But they do hold those in power accountable across the political spectrum and aggressively challenge false and misleading statements and investigate wrong-doings.”
On Monday, Trump got into yet another confrontation with CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta, calling him “fake news.”
Correction: An earlier version of this post erroneously said that CNN would “reverse course” and air the ad if the changes were made. CNN says it never rejected the ad in the first place.
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