The head of President Trump's re-election campaign accused CNN of "censorship" on Tuesday afternoon after the broadcast network refused to run the group's latest advertisement.
CNN said it would run the 30-second television spot, a celebration of Mr. Trump's first 100 days in office, 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.
CNN defended the decision in a statement on Twitter.
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"The mainstream media is not fake news, and therefore the ad is false," the network said. "Per our policy, it will be accepted only if that graphic is deleted."
In response, Michael Glassner, the executive director of Mr. Trump's campaign committee, called the decision "censorship pure and simple."
"By rejecting our ad, CNN has proven that it supports censorship is biased and fears an opposing point of view," Mr.
In the advertisement, a narrator claims that "America has rarely seen such success," before listing several purported achievements from Mr. Trump's first 100 days in office.
"You wouldn't know it from watching the news," he
Kyle Pope, the
"It's totally within their rights to set ground rules with how they deal with this administration," he said of CNN.
Mr. Pope also noted that the "fake news" allegation rings hollow given Mr. Trump's frequent interviews with the very organizations he derides as "fake."
"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," he said.