CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC have declined to air an ad from President Donald Trump's campaign, which lauds the president's accomplishments during his first 100 days in office, and the campaign is not happy about it (video below).
"Apparently, the mainstream media are champions of the First Amendment only when it serves their own political views," Lara Trump, the president's daughter-in-law and a consultant for Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. said in a statement, according to the Washington Examiner. "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."
The organization also said that blocking the $1.5 million video is "setting a chilling precedent against free speech rights."
"It's a great ad and it highlights all the wonderful things that have happened," Lara Trump said on Fox News' "Hannity," according to the Washington Examiner. "…It's really disappointing … This is supposed to be a free society. We have freedom of speech. The fact that this ad is not being shown on CNN, on NBC, on CBS, on news networks who have a duty to report to the public the facts … is really, really ridiculous to me. It's really sad."
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The video, titled "First 100 Days," takes a dig at the mainstream media, with the narrator saying, "You won't know it from watching the news" while listing the president's accomplishments, including getting "a respected Supreme Court justice confirmed," issuing tax cuts and getting rid of "regulations that kill American jobs."
"Donald Trump, sworn in as president 100 days ago," says the narrator. "America has rarely seen such success."
The ad concludes by noting, "America is winning and President Trump is making American great again."
CNN's communications department released a statement on Twitter explaining why the network decided to pull the ad.
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"CNN requested that the advertiser remove the false graphic that says the mainstream media is 'fake news,'" reads the May 2 statement. "The mainstream media is not fake news, and therefore the ad is false."
April 29 marked the president's 100th day in office, which he celebrated by attending a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, notes the Washington Examiner.
"President Donald J. Trump has taken bold action to restore prosperity, keep Americans safe and secure, and hold government accountable" in his first 100 days, reads a statement the White House posted to its official website. "At an historic pace, this President has enacted more legislation and signed more executive orders than any other president in over a half century. With a focus on rebuilding the military, ending illegal immigration, and restoring confidence in our economy, the President is keeping his promises to the American people."