Sunday, May 07, 2017

Major TV networks block Trump ad

This is a disgrace.  They are censoring a politically important message.  Fortunately, they no longer control the message.  There are many other ways for people to communicate

The major US television networks have all decided not to run Donald Trump's so-called "Fake News" ad, according to a statement released by his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump. Lara, an adviser on Trump's 2020 campaign, called the rejection a "chilling precedent against free speech rights."

"All of the mainstream media television networks have decided to block the paid placement of a campaign ad that celebrates the achievements of President Trump in his first 100 days in office," Lara wrote in a post on Friday on, which is not an official government website.

"Apparently, the mainstream media are champions of the First Amendment only when it serves their own political views, she wrote. 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 post continued.

Lara Trump appeared on Fox News' "Hannity" on Thursday night to promote the campaign. "There are certain networks, the majority of the mainstream media throughout the country that refuse to report the facts," she told host Sean Hannity.

"It's a great ad and it highlights all the wonderful things that have happened that you don't hear about everyday because some people don't watch Fox News. If you don't watch Fox, you probably aren't hearing all the great things the president has done," she added.

President Trump regularly retweets Fox News and praises the network, while labelling others - notably CNN - as "fake news." The term "fake news" appears briefly in the paid ad that the other networks have refused to air.



Bird of Paradise said...

Why should this be a surprise the major news networks(NBC,ABC,CBS and CNN)are controled by the left even Fox News and the facts that the major news slugs are all demacratic supporters and voters and the same gose for the news papers and magazines as well

Anonymous said...

This is a disgrace.

It is a disgrace but not for the reasons people think. These are private companies and have no duty or legal obligation to run these ads. Last year Fox refused to run an ad that had a pro-immigration message and no one here batted an eye.

It is also a disgrace that Lara Trump thinks the First Amendment applies here. It doesn't. Period. The First Amendment deals with government regulations of speech and not people saying what they want.

There is also the idea that if you buy into the "they have to run these ads as a private company," then you also have to accept that the government can compel people to make cakes, take photos, etc that deal with ideas they oppose.

The "disgrace" is the inconsistency and the faux outrage shown by the Trump supporters.

They are censoring a politically important message.

And exactly what "important message" is that? The idea that media has a bias? That has been the case since people started telling stories around campfires and later started to print those stories on paper. If people don't know that by now, then shame on them.

Perhaps it is more of a "disgrace" that the owner of this site - a site once devoted to freedom of speech - now believes that people can be compelled to say and do what others want them to, even it those words and actions are against their beliefs and interests.