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Fox News, NBC, CNN pull Trump campaign’s ad amid public outrage

05 November 2018, 11:02 | Myron Mathis

Fox News said Monday it has stopped airing the controversial political ad paid for by President Donald Trump's campaign, which likens members of the Central American migrant caravan to a man convicted of killing police officers in the U.S.

The primetime ads ran during the broadcast of a Sunday night National Football League game, and linked Luis Bracamontes, an undocumented immigrant convicted of killing two sheriff's deputies in California in 2014, to the caravan of immigrants fleeing Central America.

"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", NBCUniversal said in an email.

Fox News was not immediately reachable for further comment.

"CNN has made it abundantly clear in its editorial coverage that this ad is racist", the network said.

President Trump responded to the networks pulling the ad by telling reporters, "A lot of things are offensive.your questions are offensive".

Cut to Monday when, per the New York Times, all three media companies announced that they would no longer be running the ads after the intense backlash. In a remarkable omission, the ad fails to mention that the killer, Luis Brocamontes, entered the country illegally during the George W. Bush administration (that's a Republican, for those keeping track at home) and was arrested and released in 1998 by the Maricopa County sheriff's department led by Joe Arpaio, whom the president pardoned.

CNN had previously determined that the Trump campaign's advertisement was racist and declined to sell airtime for it.

Fox News, NBC and Facebook have pulled a Donald Trump campaign advert that has been widely condemned as racist. "While the video is allowed to be posted on Facebook, it can not receive paid distribution", a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.

Before the ad aired, Trump had blamed Democrats for the 7,000-strong caravan. Facebook's rules bar ads from containing "shocking, sensational, disrespectful or excessively violent content".

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