Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

NBC, Fox and Facebook stop running Trump caravan ad

Fox News made a similar decision Monday.

NBC underwent a flurry of criticism after it aired, during primetime, an ad that CNN panned as "racist".

Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network have played the ad around 14 times in the last few day and besides SNF, it showed up on cable newser three times this morning.

CNN responded by noting that the network "has made it abundantly clear in its editorial coverage that this ad is racist". Fox did not immediately say how many times it aired on either Fox News Channel or the Fox Business Network. It focused on a criminal illegal immigrant named Luis Bracamontes, who was convicted of killing two California police officers in 2014.

Trump's campaign manager, Brad Parscale tweeted that NBC News, CNN and Facebook had chosen to "stand with those ILLEGALLY IN THIS COUNTRY".

Trump's broader argument in the ad is obvious: we don't know who is coming into our country.

NBC on Sunday offended millions of its viewers by airing a racist immigration ad promoted by President Donald Trump - but on Monday, it quickly backtracked and said it would no longer run the spot. "We have a lot of ads, and they certainly are effective, based on the numbers that we're seeing".

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

The 30 second anti-immigration advert, paid for by the Donald Trump for President campaign, was tweeted out by the president last week and aired during an National Football League game on NBC on Sunday night and on Fox News.

Many have compared the caravan commercial to the infamous Willie Horton ad during the 1988 presidential campaign that damaged the prospects of Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis. "While the video is allowed to be posted on Facebook, it can not receive paid distribution", a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. This includes dehumanizing or denigrating entire groups of people and using frightening and exaggerated rumors of danger.

Facebook announced earlier today that the ad "cannot receive paid distribution" on social media giant's platform because it purportedly violates its policies against "sensational content".

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