As Mr. Trump suggests that he and his acolytes start up their own news network to counter the newly-dubbed “corrupt news media” (he’s very proud of that, by the way), the Trump re-election campaign has launched a 30-second ad on television and social networking sites focusing on a debunked claim about former Vice President Joe Biden and the Ukraine controversy.
“Joe Biden promised Ukraine $1 billion if they fired the prosecutor investigating his son’s company,” the cinematic trailer-like narrator blares. “But when President Trump asks Ukraine to investigate corruption, the Democrats want to impeach him,” the ad continues over footage of House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Take a look.
“Our company accepts political and advocacy advertising across the political spectrum,” a CNN spokesperson said. “Advertisers must substantiate all factual claims made in their ads. We cannot accept this ad as it contains statements of fact that are not true.”
What a concept – fact-checking political ads.
Wonder if it will catch on?
Not as long as the television network/group/station business plan counts on political ad revenue to thrive and make the mortgage payments.
Let us remember, falsely yelling “Fire” in a crowded theater is not covered by the First Amendment.