Fake News CNN, sometimes referred to here as the Chinese (Fake) News Network, is having a tizzy fit, and has demanded the Trump campaign “cease and desist” using a campaign ad, titled, “American Comeback,” because it shows part of an exchange between Wolf Blitzer and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
In the video, Blitzer asks Gupta: “Is it accurate that if these steps had not been put in place … it could have been 2 million people down here in the United States?”
“Yes,” Gupta says in the video, seen below (at least for now):
But, CNN said, the ad is deceptive and misleading:
A lawyer for CNN’s parent company WarnerMedia has written a cease-and-desist letter to President Trump’s re-election campaign over the misleading contents of a new campaign ad.
WarnerMedia says the Trump ad is misusing CNN news coverage in a way that’s “false, misleading and deceptive.”
In response to a request for comment from CNN Business, the campaign claimed that the ad is accurate and attacked the network’s editorial decisions.
The Trump ad, titled “American Comeback,” was introduced on Sunday night. The campaign says it is spending “mid-seven figures,” at least several million dollars, to run the ad on cable and broadcast channels.
The network further stated:
The ad takes a segment from CNN’s “The Situation Room” out of context. On March 30, anchor Wolf Blitzer asked Dr. Sanjay Gupta, “Well, is it accurate that if these steps had not been put in place, the stay at home orders, the social distancing orders, as the President said yesterday, it could have been 2 million people down here in the United States?”
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Gupta responded, “I mean, you know, these are all models, Wolf. It’s a little tough to say, but, you know, if you talk about something that is spreading, you know, very robustly throughout a community. You know, two to three times more contagious than flu, and up to 10 times, perhaps even more than that, more deadly than flu, then yes.”
Blitzer’s question was about “stay at home orders” and social distancing, but in the campaign ad, that portion of his question was omitted. After Blitzer and Gupta are shown on screen, the ad cuts to taped video that invokes Trump’s restrictions on travel from China, like an airport screen showing cancelled flights.
Trump Campaign Communications Director Tim Murtaugh responded: “No discussion of efforts to prevent American deaths from the coronavirus can be had without the understanding that President Trump restricted travel from China in January. Based on that alone, the ad is accurate.”
Murtaugh also said CNN has rejected multiple Trump ads that have been proven to be “demonstrably accurate.” He further said the network is, “effectively a Joe Biden Super PAC.”
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