CNN Rejects Two Trump TV Ads (Coup and Biden Corruption), Claims They Are “Demonstrably False”


Well, I guess judgment is in the eye of the beholder.

I watched both of these ads and see absolutely nothing wrong with them.

But CNN believes it has the final say on all truth and has deemed them “false.”

Let’s see what you think.

Ad #1 - Biden / Ukraine Corruption

Ad #2 - Coup

Backup sources:

Here's more, from the Hollywood Reporter:

"In addition to disparaging CNN and its journalists, the ad makes assertions that have been proven demonstrably false by various news outlets, including CNN," the network said.

CNN won't run a 30-second advertisement purchased by Donald Trump's re-election campaign after the network decided it does not meet its standards.

The advertisement, which was tweeted by the president last week, relates to Joe Biden's conduct toward Ukraine while he served as vice president. In "Biden Corruption," a narrator derisively refers to CNN personalities Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo and Jim Acosta as "media lapdogs."

“CNN is rejecting the ad, as it does not meet our advertising standards,” a network spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. “Specifically, in addition to disparaging CNN and its journalists, the ad makes assertions that have been proven demonstrably false by various news outlets, including CNN."

Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh responded: “CNN spends all day protecting Joe Biden in their programming, so it’s not surprising that they’re shielding him from truthful advertising too, and then talking to other media outlets about it. Our ad is entirely accurate and was reviewed by counsel, and CNN wouldn’t even describe to us what they found objectionable.  This isn’t a cable news channel anymore, it’s a Democrat public relations firm.” 

NBCUniversal's cable networks are currently evaluating whether to air both the "Biden Corruption" and "Coup" advertisements, according to a company spokesperson.

Separately on Thursday, the Biden campaign sent a letter to Fox News urging the network to reject the Trump campaign ad that centers on the candidate and to "reject any advertisement containing similar claims, regardless of whether the Trump campaign or a third-party group seeks to place it."

"If, however, you do permit this or any similar advertisement to run, you are acting with the understanding that the Trump campaign is using your facilities to mislead your viewers," Biden campaign manager Greg Schultz wrote in the letter, which was obtained by THR.

The CNN also rejected a Trump campaign ad in August 2017 called "Let President Trump Do His Job," which featured a broadside against the media and specifically called out Lemon and anchor Anderson Cooper.

And from The Hill:

CNN is refusing to run an ad from President Trump’s reelection campaign that questions former Vice President Joe Biden’s role in the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor.

Democrats have been up in arms over the ad, which alleges Biden pushed for a Ukrainian prosecutor to be dismissed in order to protect his son Hunter Biden, who at the time was on the board of directors for a Ukrainian energy company that had been investigated for corruption.

The ad also swipes at three CNN reporters or anchors — cutting to images of chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta and anchors Don Lemonand Chris Cuomo — as the narrator says, “The Democrats want to impeach [Trump], and their media lapdogs fall in line.”

“CNN is rejecting the ad, as it does not meet our advertising standards,” a spokesperson told The Hill. “Specifically, in addition to disparaging CNN and its journalists, the ad makes assertions that have been proven demonstrably false by various news outlets, including CNN.”

There is no evidence that Biden pushed for the prosecutor’s removal to protect his son.

However, the appearance of a conflict of interest has opened the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate up to criticism, and Republicans argue that it's fair game for Trump and his reelection campaign.

The Trump campaign and Republican National Committee combined to put $10 million behind the ad, which has been running on cable news outlets, such as Fox News, and across social media platforms like Facebook.

The ad comes after Democrats initiated an impeachment inquiry last week over revelations that Trump asked the president of Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and a subsequent whistleblower complaint alleging a White House cover-up.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is pressuring Facebook to remove the ad.

“Trump's ad is part of an effort to push a false narrative intended to deceive and distract from the fact that he pressured a foreign leader to investigate a political rival in order to help his reelection, while withholding critical U.S. aid to that country -- and his own White House released a document that proves it,” said Daniel Wessel, the deputy war room director at the DNC.


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