After CNN released an advert claiming to be “facts first,” Twitter users rushed to mock the news outlet and point out the hypocrisy.
— CNN (@CNN) October 23, 2017
“This is an apple,” the narrator of the advert declares. “Some people might try to tell you that it’s a banana. They might scream, ‘banana, banana, banana,’ over and over and over again. They might put BANANA in all caps. You might even start to believe that this is a banana. But it’s not. This is an apple.”
The advert then ends with the slogan, “Facts first.”
On Twitter, some users questioned whether the news outlet would run a similar ad with a man and woman, pointing out that CNN has openly ignored scientific fact in the past.
Ooh! Ooh! Now do "man" and "woman" https://t.co/MFD5JCra5v
— Leon Wolf (@LeonHWolf) October 23, 2017
— Philip Wegmann (@PhilipWegmann) October 23, 2017
Washington Examiner News Editor Peter Kasperowicz and Project Veritas called the advert a “rebranding effort” and a beg for “attention.”
CNN begging for mockery/attention today…
— Pete Kasperowicz (@PeteKDCNews) October 23, 2017
— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) October 23, 2017
Others, including Townhall editor Katie Pavlich and Fox News contributor Stephen Miller, used the opportunity to mock CNN’s poor knowledge and coverage of firearms.
If only CNN were this accurate about firearms https://t.co/YYmIPnsYAZ
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) October 23, 2017
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) October 23, 2017
— David Uberti (@DavidUberti) October 23, 2017
— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) October 23, 2017
Funny. I don’t recall CNN running these ads when Pres O talked re shovel-ready jobs, keeping your Dr., keeping your plan or Syrian red lines https://t.co/39VEWZbX7K
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) October 23, 2017
Some people might try & tell you it’s just a clump of cells
You might even believe it
But it’s not
— honey baked cam 🍂 (@cam_wallaceee) October 23, 2017
While commentator Stefan Molyneux referenced the time CNN threatened an anonymous internet user for making a harmless anti-CNN meme.
— Stefan Molyneux (@StefanMolyneux) October 23, 2017
— Chris Clay (@ChrisDClay) October 23, 2017
CNN's "this is an apple" ad kinda conflicts with actual CNN, where a panel of people yell at each other about whether it's an apple. https://t.co/v5EqPSsStT
— Tom Gara (@tomgara) October 23, 2017
As reported by Breitbart News’ Ben Kew, CNN’s new ad “is likely an attempt to repair the network’s damaged reputation in recent months following regular accusations of propagating fake news. In June, three employees resigned from after the network was following a Breitbart News investigation into a false hit piece on President Donald Trump and his associates.”