Trump Campaign Sues TV Station For Airing Soros-Backed False ‘Coronavirus Hoax’ Ad


On Monday, the Trump campaign filed a defamation lawsuit against the TV station, WJFW-NBC of Rhinelander, Wisc.”It is disappointing that WJFW-NBC would knowingly continue to broadcast this blatantly false ad and perpetrate falsehoods on the American people, even after the Trump campaign provided proof in good faith of the ad’s falsity,” Jenna Ellis, senior legal advisor to the campaign, said in a statement. “We fully expected the station would recognize their error and immediately cease under their FCC obligations.”

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Trump Campaign Slams Soros-Backed Coronavirus Attack Ad for Deceptive Editing

By Breitbart, April 15, 2020

President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign slammed an attack ad by Priorities USA, the super PAC backed by George Soros, which criticizes Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic by using deceptively edited quotes from briefings and the news media.

The ad, “Front Lines,” attempts to blame President Trump for shortages of medical equipment, such as masks and ventilators. (In fact, despite early concerns, there has been no nationwide shortage, and the U.S. is projected to have an oversupply of some key equipment.)

The ad begins by showing Trump saying, “[T]hrowing away of the mask right away — they’re thrown away, and I keep saying, ‘How is it possible to use so much?’”

The ad splices two separate comments from one briefing (March 21) to suggest a callous disregard for equipment needs.

n fact, as a transcript of the briefing shows, Trump was discussing the need for new technology to sanitize masks — not minimizing the need for masks at all.

The ad also refers to a Washington Post article from several days later (March 29) about a different subject — namely, the question of whether medical equipment was being stolen in New York, an accusation Gov. Andrew Cuomo also made.

The ad cites the Post article in a misleading fashion to reinforce the false claim that Trump did not care about the need for masks in hospitals.

The ad also uses a quote in which Trump says, “I don’t believe [New York will] need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators” and contrasts it with claims by a doctor that her hospital was desperate for more ventilators.

In fact, as the president and his task force have noted for days, they were able to make sure that no American who needed a ventilator has had to do without one throughout the entire crisis. The early requests for tens of thousands of ventilators in New York were, in fact, overzealous.

At least two, and perhaps all three, of the medical personnel featured in the ad appear to be contributors to Democratic Party politicians, according to the FEC website.

In a statement released Tuesday evening, the Trump campaign accused the Soros-backed super PAC, which is backing Joe Biden in the 2020 election, of “using more deceptive editing and misleading presentation to attack President Trump’s successful handling of the global coronavirus pandemic.”

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