NBC, Fox News Pull Trump Ad Criticized As Racist

Clay Curtis
November 7, 2018

Following NBC's determination that a Trump campaign ad linking the caravan of Honduran migrants to crime and the murder of law enforcement officers was, in fact, quite racist (although this came only after the network aired the ad on Sunday Night Football), Fox also said it wouldn't continue to air the spot.

As part of a scorched-earth strategy in the final days before the momentous midterm elections, Trump's 2020 reelection campaign released an ad widely viewed as a racist attack on immigrants.

Fox News, which had also been running the ad, issued a statement about taking it down shortly after NBC, according to a CNN report.

Trump also reacted to people finding the ad offensive, saying to a reporter, "A lot of things are offensive". Likewise, Facebook, CNN and even Fox News determined that the ad went too far.

"Facebook, it can not receive paid distribution".

The ad released by the campaign last week, features Luis Bracamontes, a Mexican man who had previously been deported but returned to the United States and was convicted in February in the killing of two California deputies, reports CNN.

The controversy comes in the run-up to Tuesday's crucial midterm elections, which will determine the makeup of Congress for the next two years.

"Sunday Night Football" is one of NBC's preeminent properties, and the Packers-Patriots game was the most-watched primetime show on any channel since March.

This week's game had a particularly big audience as it featured a highly-anticipated matchup between two of the league's premier quarterbacks, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers.

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NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said: "The NFL played no role in the airing of the spot".

On Facebook's platform, the ad reached millions of viewers before the social network chose to stop running it Monday. Parscale didn't mention Fox News.

CNN then replied to that post to explain why it had rejected the advertisement.

Fox's decision was particularly surprising given the network's close proximity and friendly relationship with the White House.

CNN dedicated substantial editorial coverage to the longer ad, sometimes showing clips as anchors and chyrons declared it "racist".

Fox News' decision to yank the commercial signals an unusual break with the president, who promoted the ad on his Twitter feed last week.

Both NBC and Fox News joined CNN in refusing to run a Trump controversial campaign advertisement.

Mr Parscale said the media was trying to control what Americans see and think. "I mean, you're telling me something I don't know about". "I'm Donald Trump and I approve this message", says The President in the ad.

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