CNN has hit back at President Donald Trump’s insults with their “Facts First” ad. As seen in the below video, CNN shows a photo of an apple and reiterates that the fruit on the screen is an apple. CNN goes on to say that even though others might try and tell viewers that the apple on the screen is actually a banana, it remains an apple. CNN’s voice narrator says that others might scream “banana, banana, banana” and write BANANA in all capital letters, but that doesn’t turn the apple into a banana.
“Facts are facts. They aren’t colored by emotion or bias. They are indisputable. There is no alternative to a fact. Some people might try to tell you that it’s a banana. Once facts are established, opinions can be formed. And while opinions matter, they don’t change the facts. That’s why, at CNN, we start with the facts first. #FactsFirst“
Viewers may at first be fooled into thinking the commercial is one promoting the latest product from Apple, but the telltale red CNN logo at the end lets viewers know in no uncertain terms that the commercial is a CNN ad. CNN has hit directly back at Trump’s insults, calling them “failing” and “fake news” and the like with their apple ad, without ever mentioning Trump’s name.
As seen on the CNN Facebook page, the apple ad has gotten more than 125,000 views in the two hours since CNN uploaded the 30-second clip. It has also gotten more than 8,200 reactions on Facebook. CNN’s apple-not-a-banana ad has been shared more than 2,000 times on Facebook and has gathered more than 1,100 comments on the social networking site.
The same video was posted to the CNN Creative Marketing YouTube page on Monday, October 23. That video has been viewed nearly 3,000 times and has comments disabled. However, with the comments being allowed on the Facebook version of the video, viewers are making their opinions known about the video.
Some of the responses to the CNN ad can be viewed below, with certain individuals writing that while a portion of viewers will realize it’s an apple, others will see the banana they are told to see. Others are criticizing CNN and calling the news network hypocritical for their apple-banana ad.
“We aren’t fooled..we know it’s an apple…some others see a banana because they believe anything that they are told…Facts!!!!”
“I cannot even handle this. I’m not sure what’s more noteworthy: CNN doubling down on being one of the most shamelessly biased news sources, or their laughable attempt to oversimplify the issue of accurate reporting to fruit names.”
President Trump was photographed above on his way to the Rose Garden with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the White House.
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