USA Today reports:
President Trump’s re-election campaign said CNN had blocked its latest campaign ad, accusing the network of censorship. But the network said it has not rejected the ad. The ad in question blasts Democrats, the media and career politicians. Additionally, it implies that members of the media are “the president’s enemies.” During a voiceover using that phrase, the ad features clips of journalists, many of whom work for CNN.
Campaign executive director Michael Glassner said millions of Americans support the president because of their “complete mistrust” in mainstream media. “Today, CNN provided further proof that the network earns this mistrust every day by censoring President Trump’s message to the American people by blocking our paid campaign ad,” he said in a statement. “Clearly, the only viewpoint CNN allows on the air is CNN’s.”
A CNN spokesperson said, “CNN would accept the ad if the images of reporters and anchors are removed. Anchors and reporters don’t have ‘enemies,’ as the ad states, but they do hold those in power accountable across the political spectrum and aggressively challenge false and misleading statements and investigate wrong-doing.”