Fox rejects Biden request to not run Trump campaign ad

Fox rejects Biden request to not run Trump campaign ad
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Fox News is rejecting a request from Joe BidenJoe BidenSchiff closes Democrats' impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove Trump Conservative reporter on Sanders: He's not a 'yes man' Democrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment MORE’s presidential campaign that it not air an ad from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE's campaign that the former vice president's team says "spreads false, definitively debunked conspiracy theories."

A Fox News spokesperson pushed back against the Biden campaign in a statement to The Hill.

“We are not in the business of censoring ads from candidates on either side of the aisle," the statement reads. "Vice President Joe Biden has a standing invitation to appear on any of our platforms.”

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In a letter to the Fox News general counsel, Biden campaign manager Greg Schultz pressed Fox to reject the ad.

“Though the Trump campaign is prepared to fabricate outright lies, your station’s airwaves should not be used to disseminate them,” Schultz wrote.

“We are putting you on notice about the absolute falsity of the advertisement’s claims, and we expect that you will reject it. Please consider this letter a standing request that you reject any advertisement containing similar claims, regardless whether the Trump campaign or a third-party group seeks to place it.”  

The ad features a narrator claiming that Biden had thwarted an investigation into his son’s work at a Ukrainian energy company. It also alleges that Democrats seek to “steal the election.” 
 
Trump is at the center of an impeachment inquiry over his call for Ukraine to investigate Biden, who during the Obama administration pressed for the firing of a Ukraine prosecutor who had drawn the ire of the U.S. government and its allies in the West. There has been no evidence to suggest that Biden's actions were tied to his son's work.
 
In addition to Fox News, Trump's Biden ad has run on MSNBC and other outlets. But CNN rejected the ad, which also characterizes CNN’s Jim AcostaJames (Jim) AcostaTrump unveils Space Force logo CNN hires former longtime CNBC correspondent John Harwood Martha McSally fundraises off 'liberal hack' remark to CNN reporter MORE, Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoMedia's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle Tucker Carlson delivers program's largest audience during Iranian missile strike coverage Judge Judy dismisses Biden: 'Do you see greatness?' MORE and Don LemonDon Carlton LemonAnderson Cooper, Andy Cohen paired for third straight CNN's New Year Eve CNN's Lemon stunned by 'stupid, juvenile' Trump-Thanos meme: 'Are you people insane?' Biden urges senators to have 'courage' for impeachment trial MORE, and MSNBC’s Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowCitizens United put out a welcome mat for Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman Giuliani says he was 'misled' by Parnas Parnas attorney asks William Barr to recuse himself from investigation MORE as “media lapdogs.”
 
“CNN is rejecting the ad, as it does not meet our advertising standards,” a network spokesperson said Thursday. “Specifically, in addition to disparaging CNN and its journalists, the ad makes assertions that have been proven demonstrably false by various news outlets, including CNN.”
 
The Hill has reached out to MSNBC for comment. 
 
Fox News has aired anti-Trump campaign ads by billionaire Tom SteyerTom Fahr SteyerPoll: 68 percent of Democrats say it 'makes no difference' if a candidate is a billionaire CNN to host two straight nights of Democratic town halls before NH primary Steyer's advice from son after overhearing Warren-Sanders hot mic dust-up: 'Don't be a snitch' MORE, a 2020 Democratic candidate, who claims in the ad that the former real estate mogul "failed as a businessman" and is "a fraud and a failure."  

On Sept. 29, the Biden campaign also called on broadcast news outlets including ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN and Fox News to stop booking Trump's personal attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiParnas says he has turned over tape of Trump calling for diplomat's firing Pompeo explodes at NPR reporter, asks if she could find Ukraine on a map ABC: Recording apparently captures Trump discussing Yovanovitch ouster with Parnas, Fruman MORE.