President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has accused CNN of censorship, saying the network has blocked its most recent ad, “The President’s Enemies.” The network has stated it has not rejected the ad.
The ad itself blasts Democrats and the media, implying they are “the president’s enemies.” Several clips of journalists are displayed during the ad, including many who work at CNN including Don Lemon, Anderson Cooper, Dana Bash, Brian Stetler and John King. Other journalists featured in the ad include American Urban Radio’s April Ryan and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, Rachel Maddow and Chuck Todd.
Sad day I am singled out as an enemy of the White House as this racial hate is going on just for asking real questions and speaking truth. https://t.co/lFem4bzDKQ
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) August 13, 2017
“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,” campaign executive director Michael Glassner said in a statement. “Clearly, the only viewpoint CNN allows on the air is CNN’s.”
The network said it did not reject the ad, but requested changes to make it factually correct. CNN also pointed out it makes this request routinely with all ads they run. According to the network, the request for changes was sent to the campaign, which asked for the request in writing. It then issued a press release blasting the network before CNN could send over the changes.
According to CNN, they “would accept the ad if the images of reporters and anchors are removed. Anchors and reporters don’t have ‘enemies,’ as the ad states, but they do hold those in power accountable across the political spectrum and aggressively challenge false and misleading statements and investigate wrong-doing.”
The network has aired at least five pro-Trump advocacy ads since February. It had rejected one ad in May on the grounds that it contained a graphic calling mainstream media “fake news.”