Trump’s ‘Racist’ Anti-Migrant Ad Gets Banned By NBC, CNN, Fox News, And More
By Yoon Sann Wong, 06 Nov 2018
Image via Andrew Cline / Shutterstock.com
An ad paid for and approved by US President Donald Trump that calls for the end of the “migrant caravan” has been pulled by news networks NBC and Fox News, declined for airing by CNN, and rejected for paid promotion by social networks Facebook and Twitter for being “racially divisive.”
The commercial, which remains on Trump’s official Twitter account and shown directly below, spotlights Luis Bracamontes—an undocumented immigrant who was charged with killing two sheriff’s deputies in California in 2014. The ad declares that Trump and his allies will shield the border, before rallying viewers to “vote Republican.”
CNN refused to run this ad... I guess they only run fake news and won’t talk about real threats that don’t suit their agenda. Enjoy. Remember this on Tuesday. #vote #voterepublican pic.twitter.com/VyMm7GhPLX— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 3, 2018
NBC received flak for airing the commercial on Sunday night during the NFL game involving the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers. NBC comedy Will and Grace actress Debra Messing was among the critics who tweeted, “To our @willandgrace fans—I want you to know that I am ashamed that my network aired this disgusting racist ad. It is the antithesis of everything I personally believe in, and what, I believe, our show is all about.”
Censures include stirring up negative sentiments towards immigrants before Election Day on 6 November.
Joe Benarroch, spokesperson for NBC’s advertising sales department, announced that after further review, the news network acknowledged the “insensitive nature of the ad” and decided to discontinue from airing it across all its properties as soon as possible.
Fox News shared its decision to cease airing the ad shortly after NBC made its announcement. It confirmed that the commercial would “not appear on either Fox News Channel or Fox Business Network.”
CNN refused to showcase the ad entirely and clarified in a tweet, “CNN has made it abundantly clear in its editorial coverage that this ad is racist. When presented with an opportunity to be paid to take a version of this ad, we declined. Those are the facts.”
Facebook has banned the commercial from its paid promotion network for violating its advertising policy with “sensational content.”
“While the video is allowed to be posted on Facebook, it cannot receive paid distribution,” Facebook explained inside a statement.
Similarly, Twitter isn’t allowing the commercial to be promoted as it breaches the social network’s “Inappropriate Content policy.”
When asked on Monday about accusations that the ad is offensive, Trump responded to reporters, “Well, a lot of things are offensive… They certainly are effective.”
To our @willandgrace fans—I want you to know that I am ashamed that my network aired this disgusting racist ad. It is the antithesis of everything I personally believe in, and what, I believe, our show is all about. @nbc pic.twitter.com/CLinZKHB47— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) November 5, 2018
CNN has made it abundantly clear in its editorial coverage that this ad is racist. When presented with an opportunity to be paid to take a version of this ad, we declined. Those are the facts. 🍎— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 3, 2018
[via NBC News and Bloomberg, main image via Andrew Cline / Shutterstock.com]
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