As reported by The Hill, CNN recently posted a “Facts First” ad which many people interpreted as a passive aggressive attack against President Trump.
Everything You Need to Know About the Ad
Firstly, the ad’s voice over reads as follows:
“This is an apple. Some people might try to tell you that it’s a banana. They might scream, ‘banana, banana, banana,’ over and over and over again. They might put BANANA in all caps. You might even start to believe that this is a banana. But it’s not. This is an apple. Facts first.”
Many people viewed the ad as CNN’s response to allegations of them habitually publishing “fake news.” The ad was also viewed as a passive aggressive dig towards President Trump who has been especially critical of CNN. Many people have made the case that the President’s criticism is warranted, however, CNN doesn’t seem to think so.
Response from the American People
Similarly to most cases, Americans expressed different feelings regarding CNN’s aforementioned ad. The interpretations were largely divided by partisan affiliation. Left leaning Americans viewed the ad favorably, however, right leaning Americans viewed it unfavorably.
The ad is an offshoot of the controversy surrounding the existence of fake news. Liberals and conservative differ greatly on this matter. The left frequently lauds the media for their critical coverage of the President. Conversely, right wingers often assert the media’s need to distribute less biased and opinionated press.
President Trump has not yet tweeted any messages about CNN’s “Facts First” ad.