FOX News Rejects Teachers Union Ad
The network refused to run an ad calling on Trump to protect teachers during school reopening
During the Republican Convention, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) tried to run an ad going after Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for their failure to provide adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) to educators and provide a plan for a safe return to public schools during the coronavirus outbreak. The ad was set to run on Fox News, which had the highest viewership of any network broadcasting the convention on night one.
The ad, which can be seen below, was run by the union’s PAC. In it, the union shows classrooms and schools and said “Enough is enough. This November, say ‘no’ to Trump and McConnell’s chaos.” According to the union they were set to spend $180,000 to air the spot during Wednesday and Thursday nights convention coverage on Fox News. The union also spent $34,000 to run the ad on CNN. However, while CNN had no problem with the ad Fox rejected it saying that it included a “questionable claim.”
What was so controversial that Fox News couldn’t run it? According to the AFT, Fox advertising staff said that legal rejected the ad because they wanted a more concise argument about how Trump and McConnell were responsible for developing a plan for students to return to school.
“It seems executives want to pick and choose how to apply the 1st Amendment when it comes to brave teachers telling the truth about who’s to blame for the current chaos of school re-openings.," said AFT President Randi Weingarten. “What is Fox afraid of? We need resources and supports to keep our students safe as we reopen. People should know who is and isn’t helping.”
This is just the latest attempt by the Republican Party and their media surrogates at Fox News to prevent union voices from working or being heard at the Republican Convention. On Monday, union were attacked mere minutes into the convention by Rebecca Friedrichs and unions were barred from working on the production, sets, lighting, and audio for the first time in history.