An ad by progressive billionaire Tom Steyer ran once on Fox News and then was stopped after Donald Trump saw it and threw a Twitter tantrum.
Anyone who has watched cable news has seen the ad:
Fox News took Steyer’s money and ran the ad on the October 27 edition of Fox and Friends. Trump adores the Fox morning misinformation program, so it wasn’t a surprise when he tweeted on the same day that the ad aired:
Wacky & totally unhinged Tom Steyer, who has been fighting me and my Make America Great Again agenda from beginning, never wins elections!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2017
After Trump complained, Fox News released a statement, “Due to the strong negative reaction to their ad by our viewers, we could not in good conscience take their money.” By “our viewers,” Fox meant Trump.
Steyer’s lawyers also sent a letter to Fox News:
It is obvious what happened. The cable news obsessed Trump saw the ad, flipped out, called Fox News to complain, and an American news network suffocated the First Amendment because an ad hurt Trump’s feelings. Fox News is helping Trump kill the free press, and they have delivered definitive proof that they are not a news network, and they should be treated like the propaganda tool that they are.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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