According to a statement released by President Trump‘s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, all the major TV networks have refused to air Trump’s ad touting his first 100-days in office. Lara Trump called the move a “chilling precedent against free speech rights.”
“All of the mainstream media television networks have decided to block the paid placement of a campaign ad that celebrates the achievements of President Trump in his first 100 days in office,” Lara, who was an adviser for the Trump campaign wrote in a post Friday on DonaldJTrump.com. “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.”
President Trump’s contentious relationship with the mainstream press has included banning CNN and publishers like the New York Times and Politico from White House briefings. His surrogates often appear on news shows offering conflicting commentary. One surrogate — Kellyanne Conway — used the term “alternative facts” while trying to defend false information put out by the Trump administration about the inauguration crowd size.
Trump has used the “fake news” label to slander outlets that cover him unfavorably while at the same time praising Fox News. The ad in question touts Trump’s first 100 days in office and plasters the words “fake news” over the images of CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and other anchors from ABC, PBS, MSNBC, and CBS.
A statement from CNN’s public relations department declared, “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.”
Appearing on Hannity this Thursday, Lara Trump promoted the ad and called out networks that she claims “refuse to report the facts.”
“It’s a great ad and it highlights all the wonderful things that have happened that you don’t hear about everyday because some people don’t watch Fox News,” she told Fox News host Sean Hannity. “If you don’t watch Fox, you probably aren’t hearing all the great things the president has done.”
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