Fox News, NBC and Facebook Inc. yanked a controversial political ad about the migrant caravan after critics described the commercial backed by President Donald Trump as racist. The ad, endorsed by President Donald Trump, was created to fire up fears of a migrant caravan headed toward the United States in advance of Tuesday's midterm elections.
After reviewing the ad, NBC said it recognizes its insensitive nature. 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, however, turned the ad down from the beginning, calling it racist and refusing to sell airtime for it. Fox did not immediately say how many times it aired on either Fox News Channel or the Fox Business Network.
The ad also showed a clip of the migrant caravan heading toward the USA border from Central America with the caption "Who else would Democrats let in?"
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This tweet was in response to a tweet by the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., in which he accused the network of "only run [ning] fake news" and not talking about "real threats that don't suit their agenda".
Fox News said it would also stop playing the ad.
"The #FakeNewsMedia and #PaloAltoMafia are trying to control what you see and how you think", he said, an apparent reference to Facebook's Silicon Valley headquarters.
Facebook, too, announced Monday that the ad could not be a paid ad on the site, though users can still post it themselves.