The Donald Trump campaign Friday announced that ABC, CBS and NBC has joined CNN in a campaign to censor its 100-day ad, “setting a chilling precedent against free speech rights.”
Lara Trump, the wife of Eric Trump and daughter-in-law of President Trump, a consultant for the campaign Donald J. Trump for President Inc., said: “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.”
WND reported earlier this month when CNN launched the censor-Trump effort. At that time, campaign Executive Director Michael Glassner said in a statement the action by CNN “is censorship pure and simple.”
“By rejecting our ad, CNN has proven that it supports censorship, is biased and fears an opposing point of view,” he charged.
“President Trump’s loyal supporters know the truth: The mainstream media mislead, misguide, deceive, and distract,” he continued, “CNN epitomizes the meaning of fake news and has proven it by rejecting our paid campaign ad.”
The network objected to a brief screen display of the images of multiple network anchors with the word “Fake” across the image. CNN insists the “mainstream media is not fake news.”
See the ad:
The ad boasts of the president’s accomplishments regarding business, energy independence, the Supreme Court, tax-cut plans and more.
The Washington Times reported one of the featured media correspondents was CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
The Trump re-election campaign launched the $1.5 million ad in response to claims in the media that he’s been slow to accomplish his goals. However, while the GOP holds the majorities in both houses of Congress, many Republicans openly opposed Trump’s campaign and some still refuse to support him.
Lara Trump’s statement said the networks “one-by-one” have blocked the ad.
“It’s a great ad and it highlights all the wonderful things that have happened. … It’s really disappointing … this is supposed to be a free society. We have freedom of speech. The fact that this ad is not being shown on CNN, on NBC, on CBS, on news networks who have a duty to report to the public the facts…is really, really ridiculous to me. It’s really sad,” she told the Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity.
The campaign also set up a Web page highlighting Trump’s work during his first 100 days.
It addresses safety and security, accountability, prosperity and more.
For example, it points out Trump has worked with Congress to sign into law 28 bills in 100 days. President Obama signed 11 and George W. Bush only seven during in their first 100 days.
The page notes unemployment is at a 10-year low, exports reached a two-year high and Pew Research reports “Americans currently hold the most positive assessment of the United States Economy since 2007.”
“The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up over 12 percent since Election Day 2016.”
Trumps also implemented tough ethical standards, is “keeping his promise to the American people to reform the government to better address the needs of the American people” and instituted a hiring freeze on federal employees.
CNN contended the graphic portraying network news as “fake” was “false” and said it would have to be removed before the ad could run.
“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,” the network claimed.
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— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) May 2, 2017
The ad states: “Donald Trump. Sworn in as president 100 days ago, America has rarely seen such success.”