Fox News, NBC stop airing Trump immigrant ad deemed racist

Ruben Ruiz
November 5, 2018

Trump was asked Monday whether he thought the ad was offensive. It focused on a criminal illegal immigrant named Luis Bracamontes, who was convicted of killing two California police officers in 2014.

"After further review we recognize the insensitive nature of the ad and have made a decision to cease airing it across our properties as soon as possible", the network reportedly said.

The 30-second ad focuses on the controversial so-called migrant caravan of asylum-seekers making their way to the US border.

CNN rejected the same ad, declaring it racist.

Their decision follows CNN's decision to block the ad.

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

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"So, @NBCNews @CNN @facebook have chosen to stand with those ILLEGALLY IN THIS COUNTRY".

The 30-second clip that played during Sunday's game made connections between immigration and increases in crime even though multiple studies have found immigration does not cause a rise in crime, according to Anna Flagg of The New York Times. The ad appears to be an attempt to tie the caravan of migrants and refugees seeking asylum in the USA to Luis Bracamontes, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who shot and killed two sheriff's deputies in 2014.

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

President Trump on Monday defended an anti-immigrant ad critics called racist after several television networks said they would not run it, calling it "effective" and telling reporters their questions were "offensive".

Mr Parscale said the media was trying to control what Americans see and think. As for Facebook, where the campaign had deployed the video as a targeted advertisement, they explained it had violated the company's policy "against sensational content".

"So @nbc and @Comcast aired that racist Trump caravan commercial during the football game". "While the video is allowed to be posted on Facebook, it can not receive paid distribution", a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.

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