Although he has only been in office for 100 days, President Donald Trump is already running for re-election. Or trying to.
CNN refused to run a particular advertisement for Trump's re-election campaign, reports The New York Times.
The 30-second television spot is a celebration of Trump's first 100 days in office, in which the voiceover claims that "America has rarely seen such success," but claims that the media has covered it up. "You wouldn’t know it from watching the news," the narrator says. "America is winning, and President Trump is making America great again."
To drive home the point, the narration is accompanied by a graphic containing the words “fake news."
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The network said it would run the ad only if the campaign removed a section that featured the words “fake news” superimposed over several TV journalists, including Wolf Blitzer of CNN, and others from MSNBC, PBS, ABC and CBS.
"The mainstream media is not fake news, and therefore the ad is false," said CNN of its decision in a tweet. "Per our policy, it will be accepted only if that graphic is deleted."
In response, Trump’s re-election campaign manager, Michael Glassner, accused CNN of "censorship pure and simple ... 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."
Kyle Pope, the editor and publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review, disagreed that it was censorship. "It’s totally within their rights to set ground rules with how they deal with this administration," he said of CNN.
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He also noted that Trump often gives interviews with the same media outlets that he says are "fake," making his fake news allegation a hypocritical one. "It’s telling here that this is in a political ad by the political campaign because it’s increasingly clear that this ‘fake news’ mantra is a political maneuver more than anything," Pope said.
The concern over "fake news" arose following Trump's unexpected victory, as many claimed that intentionally false stories on social media helped get him elected.
In turn, Trump and those accused of being fake news began accusing the mainstream media of being fake, as in the advertisement which CNN is reportedly refusing to air.
The campaign has refused to revise the ad to suit CNN, and is running it instead on Fox News, reports The New York Post.