Friday, 16 November, 2018


Fox News, NBC and Facebook pull Trump ad widely condemned as racist

Hannah Rogers | 05 November, 2018, 23:03

Meanwhile, NBC is under fire for airing a racist political ad paid for by President Donald Trump's campaign during its broadcast of Sunday Night Football.

Trump's reelection campaign didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

The controversial ad contrasts video of Luis Bracamontes, an illegal immigrant who gunned down two police officers in 2014, with the approaching migrant caravan from Honduras and quotes from someone within that caravan saying they have prior felonies.

"Upon further review, Fox News pulled the ad yesterday and it will not appear on either Fox News Channel or Fox Business Network", Marianne Gambelli, Fox News's president of advertisement sales, told CNN on Monday.

The ad paints a doomsday scenario in which an "invasion" of few thousand Central America asylum seekers - many of them women and children traveling in a series of caravans - supposedly posed a dire threat to American democracy.

CNN had earlier declined to run the ad, deeming it racist. The ad, endorsed by President Donald Trump, was created to fire up fears of a migrant caravan headed toward the United States in advance of Tuesday's midterm elections.

NBC later said it would pull the advertisement as soon as possible due to its "insensitive nature". "The migrant caravan must be stopped", the ad, which aired during Sunday Night Football, declares.

In a tweet on Saturday, CNN's communications team revealed that the network had refused to run the ad due to its bigoted message.

"So, @NBCNews @CNN @facebook have chosen to stand with those ILLEGALLY IN THIS COUNTRY".

Mr Parscale said the media was trying to control what Americans see and think. Yet that didn't stop NBC, Fox News, and Facebook from running versions of the ad over the weekend.

"This ad violates Facebook's advertising policy against sensational content, so we are rejecting it", the company said in statement.

Facebook, too, announced Monday that the ad could not be a paid ad on the site, though users can still post it themselves.

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