CNN Refuses to Run Trump Ad Labeling Media 'Fake News'

Pablo Tucker
May 3, 2017

The ad is now featured on the campaign's website under a banner that reads: "The Truth Mainstream Media Refuses to Tell", which urges supporters to "not let fake news dominate the truth". "But the FAKE NEWS MEDIA refuses to tell the truth about our many achievements".

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".

By the dictionary definition of "fake", CNN is correct to say that "the ad is false". It then features images of CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow, and others along with the graphic reading "fake news". "Don't let fake news dominate the truth", the ad says.


There was no immediate confirmation from CNN to back up Trump's claim, but a CNN fact check of the ad noted that "the bulk of Trump's accomplishments have been made through executive action or memorandum, something Republicans decried former President Barack Obama for doing during his second term".

So what was CNN's problem with the ad? It added that the video highlights Mr. Trump's "clear vision, resolute leadership and an uncompromising dedication to the American people, just as he promised throughout his campaign". Meanwhile, CNN President Jeff Zucker has warned that "the perception of Donald Trump in capitals around the world is shaped, in many ways, by CNN".

Trump released the ad because he argues the media - especially CNN - are not covering his time in office fairly.


The ad will air on television in major markets across the country, as well as target-specific voting groups on online media.

If, for example, Martin O'Malley were already in the race and if CNN had been airing his commercials, the network would have had no choice but to show Trump's, too. The network defended its decision in a statement, saying it objected to the "fake news" characterization.

According to the Hill, Trump's campaign accused CNN of bias for rejecting the ad.


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