Conservative Group Spends $30K on Ad Attacking CNN's Biased Coverage (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
By Charlie McCarthy | Thursday, 03 June 2021 01:40 PM
The conservative group Club for Growth has financed an ad slamming CNN for being obsessed with former President Donald Trump and providing biased coverage of President Joe Biden.
"The Cable News Network used to break news," the ad states in its opening lines. "Now they're breaking records losing nearly 70% of their viewers since President Trump left office. And no wonder. They’re still obsessed with Donald Trump."
Joe Kildea, VP of communications at Club for Growth, said the ad will be targeted at conservatives.
"It's about giving them a voice and hopefully bringing change," Kildea told The Hill. "The ad drives users to a standard activist dashboard-style page which allows them to send CNN a message."
CNN had not responded to requests for comment about the ad from The Hill.
The spot includes edited clips of CNN reports showing network correspondents and anchors making positive comments about Biden.
As the ad ends, it shows Biden both at his Oval Office desk and clapping before a joint session of Congress with the words: "So if you’re looking for hard news on rising inflation, hacked pipelines, and dreadful job reports, or hard-hitting face checks on Biden’s radical new plan to make things worse, change the channel. Everyone else has. Tell CNN cover the news and stop cheerleading for liberal politicians."
The ad accuses CNN anchor Chris Cuomo of helping his "big brother cover up scandals," referring to coverage of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y. It also insults CNN anchor Don Lemon by saying he "is still a loser."
"From just about every perspective CNN has reached a new low as they’ve seen both their ratings and credibility crater," Club for Growth President David McIntosh said. "We encourage the few Americans who still watch CNN to send the network a note and also change the channel – everyone else has."
The Hill reported that while CNN has lost viewers, cable news ratings overall appear to be returning to pre-2020 levels — before COVID-19, racial unrest, and the presidential election.
Club for Growth tweeted news of its ad Wednesday morning.
"NEW: @club4growth launches digital ad highlighting @CNN’s continued obsession with Trump, its covering for the many failures of liberal leaders like President @JoeBiden and NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and the network breaking records with low ratings."
Club for Growth previously said it would target some of Trump's critics in future elections. They included Reps. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, who voted to impeach the former president.
On its website, Club for Growth describes itself as a national network of over 250,000 pro-growth, limited government Americans who share in the belief that prosperity and opportunity come from economic freedom.