“The View” Debates CNN “Facts First” Ad Targeting Donald Trump (VIDEO)

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The View CNN Ad

By Shari Weiss |

The View CNN Ad


On Tuesday’s “The View,” the co-hosts debated CNN‘s new “Facts First” ad, which seems to target Donald Trump. Watch the video below.

Whoopi Goldberg introduced the subject by saying “fake news is a favorite topic of a guy who is in the White House right now and he usually blames CNN for 90 percent of it.” And now the network has responded by creating a commercial that uses an apple to illustrate the idea that facts can’t truly be disputed no matter how many lies are told. An apple will always be an apple, the ad stresses, regardless of whether you’re falsely told it’s a banana. It ends by flashing, “Facts First.”

After watching it with the audience on the ABC talk show, Joy Behar commented, “This ad is on a very elementary, like second-grade level so that Trump can understand it.” Sunny Hostin somewhat agreed, saying, “It’s so rudimentary, though. I thought it was one of those ‘SNL’ jokes and I looked at it again and it’s real.” And while Sara Haines thought it was funny” to an extent, she does think CNN is having issues right now.

“There’s times in this heated environment where I find there’s just a little too much editorializing that wasn’t there before,” she argued. “The problem is that people who need to know it’s an apple and not a banana are watching other networks… And I just think because they’re preaching to the choir, it’s a little below them.” Meghan McCain expressed her frustration with people wrongly viewing her as a journalist. “I’m a conservative commentator. I have a distinct bias. I’m a Republican. There’s a big difference between being a journalist and being a commentator. The lines are so blurred right now,” she complained, admitting it “makes me so scared for the nature of journalism right now.”

Behar said CNN has been “under siege by Trump and they’ve declared war now,” but McCain countered that “all networks are having this problem.” And perhaps the president’s actions are the reason why. “A few years ago, no one used the L-word, lie. No one used it. Now they’re calling him out. They’re saying this is a lie, saying this is not true and it’s the correct way to go,” insisted Behar. Hostin agreed and, noting that she “worked at CNN for many years,” said she “trust[s] people like Anderson Cooper, Jake Tapper, Chris Cuomo and Wolf Blitzer.

That led Haines to clarify that she’s not taking issue with CNN on a trust level. “I’m talking about eyerolls and a lot of the lower-thirds and chyrons… CNN has always been above that,” she said, contending, “They need to remain unscathed because this time will end, and when people need to go them to trust them, you can’t play to Trump’s hand.” McCain also agreed with Haines that the commercial will ultimately be ineffective. “This isn’t going to change America’s perspective on CNN,” she said, imagining Republicans saying, “‘I’m seeing this apple ad, maybe I’ll change networks.’ That’s not gonna happen.”

Behar couldn’t resist getting one last Trump dig in, though. “The fruit imagery shows you what a fruitcake we’re dealing with. I can’t stop myself,” she cracked. Check out the video below. NOTE: The video is no longer available.

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