President Donald Trump’s campaign produced an advertisement in support of his first 100 days in office. The video ad offers a list of Trump’s successes, which include the authorization of the Keystone XL Pipeline, the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, and the elimination of regulations. “America has rarely seen such success,” says the narrator at the beginning of the ad, who then quotes media headlines, “Companies investing in American jobs again...Regulations killing American jobs, eliminated...The biggest tax cut plan in history.”
Identifying establishment media for obfuscating the president’s accomplishments, the narrator in the May 1 ad says, "You wouldn't know that from watching the news," while a group of cable news reporters, including Wolf Blitzer of CNN, appear on the screen. “America is winning. And President Trump is making America Great Again.”
CNN announced on Tuesday that the network is refusing to air the ad because of the reference to the media as "fake news." In a tweet, the network’s public relations department declared, "CNN requested that the advertiser remove the false graphic that says mainstream media is 'fake news.'" CNN claimed, furthermore, "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."
In its own statement, the Trump campaign denounced CNN and said that the network “epitomizes” the meaning of “fake news.” Executive Director Michael Glassner said in a statement, “This is censorship pure and simple.” Glassner added, ”By rejecting our ad, CNN has proven that it supports censorship is biased and fears an opposing point of view. President Trump’s loyal supporters know the truth: The mainstream media mislead, misguide, deceive, and distract,” he added. Trump has had a series of differences with CNN for several months. Last month, he told the Associated Press in an interview that he no longer watched CNN because of its perceived unfair coverage. He has not appeared on CNN since last August.