- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 2, 2017

President Trump’s new re-election ad faced pushback Tuesday from one of the networks targeted in the ad as “fake news.”

The television ad — paid for by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. — hit airwaves Monday, touting the president’s record in his first 100 days in office.

The campaign-sponsored spot highlights Justice Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation, job growth and energy investment while also hitting the media with a still photo of various broadcast correspondents over which reads “Fake News.”

One of the featured media correspondents was CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. The network refused to air the ad because of the accusation, which they said was false. CNN asked that the graphic be removed and they would air it. The request was refused.

“President Trump’s loyal supporters know the truth: The mainstream media mislead, misguide, deceive and distract,” said campaign executive director Michael Glassner. “CNN epitomizes the meaning of fake news and has proven it by rejecting our paid campaign ad.”

The re-election campaign launched the $1.5 million ad to push back against criticism that Mr. Trump’s administration has been slow in its accomplishments.

• Sally Persons can be reached at spersons@washingtontimes.com.

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