A number of major networks have joined CNN in refusing to air an ad from the Donald Trump 2020 campaign. According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC, NBC and CBS have all rejected the “First 100 Days” clip.
The spot reportedly includes a “Fake News” banner appearing over the faces of well-known anchors. The stance by networks has prompted a PR war between broadcasters and the Trump camp.
THR quotes a statement from Lara Trump, the daughter-in-law of Donald Trump and a campaign consultant, saying: “Apparently, the mainstream media are champions of the First Amendment only when it serves their own political views.”
The statement adds: “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.”
THR notes: “Broadcast networks have maintained that if the banner was removed the ad will run.” The report quotes an NBCUniversal spokesperson saying today: “Consistent with our policies, we have agreed to accept the ad if the inaccurate graphic — which refers to journalists as ‘fake news’ — is corrected.”