CNN has informed a pro-Trump group that they will not run an ad on their network because it ‘falsely’ claims Joe Biden will raise taxes on the middle class.
The ad, from America First Action (AFA), the largest outside group to support the President, also asserts Nancy Pelosi promotes socialist policies, something the network also states is false.
Despite the ad being approved on several major networks, Warner Media, which owns CNN, issued an email to the group stating their political ad “does not meet its commercial clearance standards.”
— The Hill (@thehill) October 28, 2020
“The ad asserts that Biden will raise taxes on the middle class,” the email continues. “That claim is not adequately substantiated and has been judged false by independent fact-checkers.”
“The advertisement also mischaracterizes Nancy Pelosi as a socialist.”
You can watch the ad at the bottom of this article.
CNN Refusing to Run A Pro-Trump Ad Just Before the Election
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In contrast, anybody who has watched Fox News over the last several weeks has seen pro-Biden ads aired in nearly every commercial break.
Fox didn’t censor the ads.
“It is not the job of your network to censor a statement that is factually supported and relates to an important issue in the upcoming election,” a lawyer for the pro-Trump group wrote to Warner Media.
Radio talk show host Mark Levin described the move by CNN as “more tyranny from the totalitarian left-wing media.”
CNN censors Trump political ad against Biden — more tyranny from the totalitarian left-wing mediahttps://t.co/IcIZ2Paxvh
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) October 27, 2020
Is the Ad Actually False?
Again, the network has no business trying to stifle political speech in advertising or fact-checking anything in the first place.
What’s next – refusing to run My Pillow ads because they might not be as fluffy as advertised?
But CNN seems entirely politically motivated here, taking clear sides with the Biden campaign and essentially promoting his own talking points.
The Democratic presidential nominee has claimed he will raise taxes, but not on anybody making less than $400,000 annually.
Harris Lie # 1
Biden will eliminate #Trump Tax Cut.
Harris said no.
Biden said yes.
— 𝕊𝕜𝕪 (@SKYRIDER4538) October 8, 2020
However, Biden is on the record with the following plan: “The first thing that I would do as president is eliminate the President’s tax cut.”
That means Biden will raise taxes on over 80% of Americans, instantly, according to the Trump campaign.
Perhaps economics is a difficult subject for CNN, but eliminating tax cuts does mean paying higher taxes than before.
The Tax Policy Center concluded Biden’s “proposals would increase taxes on average on all income groups.”
The American Enterprise Institute concluded that “households at every income level” would see higher taxes.
Americans should know that if they vote for Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi they will pack the #SupremeCourt and all other Courts as well. (VIDEO)
— Trish Regan (@trish_regan) October 27, 2020
As for portraying Pelosi as a “socialist,” the pro-Trump group’s lawyer claims the term is “often used in political discourse to signify generally a set of left-leaning political positions.”
“The ad describes accurately where her positions on key issues place her on the political spectrum,” the letter reads.
The lawyer goes on to point out that CNN commentators regularly describe President Trump as ‘fascist’ and have yet to censor them.
WATCH the ad CNN has refused to run:
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