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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 BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants MORE’s presidential campaign that it not air an ad from President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' 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) AcostaABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - FBI director testifies on Jan. 6 Capitol attack Conservative reporter confronts CNN's Jim Acosta at CPAC MORE, Chris CuomoChris CuomoAs Trump steps back in the spotlight, will Cuomo exit stage left? The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - FBI director testifies on Jan. 6 Capitol attack Chris Cuomo criticized for hypocrisy after he says he won't cover brother's controversy MORE and Don LemonDon Carlton LemonFor myopic media, breaking up with Trump will be hard to do Don Lemon to ex-CNN colleague McEnany: 'Girl, bye' CNN's Don Lemon says Newsmax will 'never be as powerful as Fox News' MORE, and MSNBC’s Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowJuan Williams: Hypocrisy runs riot in GOP Tim Ryan: Prosecutors reviewing video of Capitol tours given by lawmakers before riot League of Conservation Voters adds racial justice issues to 2020 congressional scorecard 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 SteyerGOP targets ballot initiatives after progressive wins On The Trail: The political losers of 2020 Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far 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."