US midterm elections 2018

Fox and NBC join CNN and ban ‘racist’ Trump election ad, featuring Mexican murderer Luis Bracamontes

  • The US president’s campaign manager decried the ban by CNN and NBC – but had nothing to say about conservative Fox News following suit
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 November, 2018, 4:27am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 November, 2018, 5:33am

NBC and Fox News Channel both said Monday that they will stop airing US President Donald Trump’s campaign advertisement that featured an illegal immigrant convicted of murder. CNN had rejected the same ad, declaring it racist. Facebook had also banned the ad.

Fox pulled the ad Sunday “upon further review”, said Marianne Gambelli, president of the network’s ad sales department. Fox did not immediately say how many times it aired on either Fox News Channel or the Fox Business Network.

The advertisement aired on NBC’s Sunday Night Football and MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and drew a heated online response.

The advertisement includes footage of Luis Bracamontes, a twice-deported illegal immigrant from Mexico sentenced to death in California for killing two police officers, alongside images of so-called migrant caravans that have drawn attention in recent weeks.

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NBC said Monday that in its review, it recognises the insensitive nature of the ad.

Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, tweeted that NBC News, CNN and Facebook had chosen “to stand with those ILLEGALLY IN THIS COUNTRY.” He said the media was trying to control what you see and think.

Parscale made no mention of Fox’s decision.

The president’s son, Donald Trump Jnr, had tweeted over the weekend, noting CNN’s refusal to air the advertisement, that “I guess they only run fake news and won’t talk about real threats that don’t suit their agenda.”

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CNN said through Twitter that it was made “abundantly clear” through its coverage that the ad was racist and declined to air it when the campaign sought to buy airtime.