Conservatives disgusted by the daily doses
of propaganda from American mainstream media
outlets might sometimes think the networks
wouldn’t tell the truth if you paid them
When it comes to CNN, as it turns out, that’s
The liberal network is refusing to air an
advertisement from President Donald Trump’s
2020 re-election campaign because it describes
the kind of coercion Democratic presidential
candidate Joe Biden used on the government
of Ukraine while he was vice president.
And it describes CNN personalities such as
Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo as “lapdogs”
to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Oddly enough, the network is claiming there’s
something about the spot that isn’t true.
From a factual viewpoint, there’s not much
to argue with here.
As anyone who’s been following the current
controversy over Trump’s dealings with Ukraine
knows by now, Biden actually bragged to an
audience on camera that in 2016, while he
was vice president in the Barack Obama administration,
he linked $1 billion in U.S. aid to Ukraine
getting rid of a prosecutor who was investigating
a Ukraine energy company that had Biden’s
son Hunter on its payroll at an obscene salary
of $50,000 a month.
Also, in the now-infamous July 25 telephone
call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr
Zelensky, Trump sought his counterpart’s
help in looking into potential corruption,
both involving Ukraine officials and the events
surrounding the 2016 presidential election
that swept Trump into office.
(It’s true the word “corruption” doesn’t
appear in the transcript of the phone call
released by the White House, but it’s hard
to argue that “corruption” doesn’t cover
what Trump is describing.)
And as the world knows by now, of course,
the Democrats are, in fact, trying to impeach
Still, CNN is declining to run the ad.
“CNN is rejecting the ad, as it does not
meet our advertising standards,” a CNN representative
said, according to The Daily Beast. “Specifically,
in addition to disparaging CNN and its journalists,
the ad makes assertions that have been proven
demonstrably false by various news outlets,
Well, there are no assertions that have been
“proven demonstrably false” by CNN or
So what CNN likely is objecting to is its
employees being referred to as Democrats’
“media lapdogs.” The ad features video
of CNN’s Jim Acosta, Cuomo and Lemon as
well as MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. (Fox News’
Shepard Smith somehow didn’t make the cut.)
Simply put, if the network didn’t wish its
biggest names to be referred to as “lapdogs”
of the nation’s opposition party, it would
behoove its executives not to allow their
biggest names to behave like Democratic lapdogs.
Tim Murtaugh, the Trump 2020 communications
director, fired back at CNN in a statement,
according to The Daily Beast.
“CNN spends all day protecting Joe Biden
in their programming, so it’s not surprising
that they’re shielding him from truthful
advertising too, and then talking to other
media outlets about it,” Murtaugh said.
“Our ad is entirely accurate and was reviewed
by counsel, and CNN wouldn’t even describe
to us what they found objectionable,” he
said. “This isn’t a cable news channel
anymore, it’s a Democrat public relations
As The Daily Beast noted, it’s not the first
time CNN has rejected an ad from the Trump
White House. In May 2017, it turned down another
spot celebrating Trump’s first 100 days
in office, because it called mainstream media
outlets “fake news.”
So, it’s happened before, and it’s likely
to happen again.
In fact, Deadline reported Thursday afternoon
that CNN had rejected a second Trump campaign
“The spot, ‘Coup,’ attacked the whistleblower
process as a ‘coup,’” the report said.
“It features a clip of Sen. Lindsey Graham
(R-S.C.) on Fox News claiming that the complaint
is based on a hearsay and that it is a ‘set
up.’ ‘It’s nothing short of a coup and
it must be stopped,’ a narrator says.”
Hard as it might be to believe, there’s
still more than a year to go before the 2020
election, but the marker CNN put down with
this decision is tough to miss.
It is willing to forgo money from Trump’s
re-election team. And it’s shameless enough
to cite utterly spurious grounds to justify
keeping the president’s messages from getting
out in situations where it has the power to
In the end, though, CNN is just proving what
conservatives have long suspected.
The network wouldn’t tell the truth if you