Donald Trump's ongoing feud with TV networks not named 'Fox News' has clicked into a new gear as ABC, CBS and NBC have all joined CNN in refusing to run an ad from the president's re-election campaign committee.
The ad shows hosts from all four networks under a banner that reads 'FAKE NEWS.'
It's the Trump campaign's first commercial since winning the White House, and although it is three years out from the next election, it declares the nation has 'rarely seen such success.'
The ad blasts the 'fake news' media for failing to see things that way – and includes CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Also included are MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and Andrea Mitchell, CBS's Scott Pelley and ABC's George Stephanopoulos in its rogues gallery.
Nowhere to be found is the right-leaning Fox News Channel, Trump's favorite network.
Presidential daughter-in-law Lara Trump, a consultant to the campaign organization, said in a statement that '[a]pparently, the mainstream media are champions of the First Amendment only when it serves their own political views.'
'Faced with an ad that doesn't fit their biased narrative, CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC have now all chosen to block our ad. This is an unprecedented act of censorship in America that should concern every freedom-loving citizen.'
In an appearance Thursday night on the Fox News Channel's 'Hannity' program, she called the move 'really ridiculous' and 'really sad.'
CNN was the first to take a pass on airing the ad, a move that generated news stories and publicity – and drove millions of eyeballs to the 30-second spot without costing the campaign a cent.
It was to spend $1.5 million to put the ad on the air.
The network 'requested that the advertiser remove the false graphic that the mainstream media is "fake news," a CNN spokeswoman told DailyMail.com this week.
'The mainstream media is not fake news, and therefore the ad is false and per policy will only be accepted if that graphic is deleted.'
The statement didn't dispute any of the ad's other claims lauding Trump's moves to slash regulations, create jobs, and confirm Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
The Trump camp didn't shy from CNN's pushback – blasting it out in a press release to its base of supporters and contributors.
'It is absolutely shameful to see the media blocking the positive message that President Trump is trying to share with the country. It's clear that CNN is trying to silence our voice and censor our free speech because it doesn't fit their narrative,' said Michael Glassner, the campaign's executive director.
It yet another release making hay out of the blowup, Glassner piles on. The email missive is headlined: 'CNN EPITOMIZES MEANING OF FAKE NEWS, CENSORS TRUMP CAMPAIGN AD.'