Wednesday, May 03, 2017

CNN is correct.

May 2, 2017
By Tara Golshan

...Donald Trump’s (click here) presidential campaign is revisiting a cherished pastime, picking a fight with the “fake news station” CNN.
On Tuesday morning, the president’s campaign blasted out an email denouncing CNN for refusing to run a Trump advertisement on the president’s first 100 days in office — a mark Trump hit on April 29. “FAKE NEWS STATION REFUSES TO RUN AD HIGHLIGHTING THE PRESIDENT'S FIRST 100 DAYS,” the email read.

“It is absolutely shameful to see the media blocking the positive message that President Trump is trying to share with the country,” Michael Glassner, the Trump campaign’s executive director, said in a statement. “It's clear that CNN is trying to silence our voice and censor our free speech because it doesn't fit their narrative."...

Unless the Federal Trade Commission has become as corrupt as the Trump campaign there is still a law requiring "Truth in advertising." All media in the USA should follow that policy without exception.

When consumers see or hear an advertisement, (click here) whether it’s on the Internet, radio or television, or anywhere else, federal law says that ad must be truthful, not misleading, and, when appropriate, backed by scientific evidence. The Federal Trade Commission enforces these truth-in-advertising laws, and it applies the same standards no matter where an ad appears – in newspapers and magazines, online, in the mail, or on billboards or buses. The FTC looks especially closely at advertising claims that can affect consumers’ health or their pocketbooks – claims about food, over-the-counter drugs, dietary supplements, alcohol, and tobacco and on conduct related to high-tech products and the Internet. The FTC also monitors and writes reports about ad industry practices regarding the marketing of alcohol and tobacco....

CNN is just as much a consumer of advertising than any other American. I would think they would have more interest in getting paid regardless of the ad, but, there are still shreds of decency left in the USA and this is one of them.