An attorney with CNN has sent the Donald J Trump 2020 re-election campaign a cease-and-desist order over the misleading editing of clips with Wolf Blitzer and medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Brian Stelter reports.
In the ad, Blitzer is heard asking, “Is it accurate that if these steps had not been put in place … it could’ve been 2 million people dead here in the United States?” And Gupta is heard saying, “yes.”
But the full quote was: “Is it accurate that if these steps had not been put in place, the stay at home orders, the social distancing orders, as the President said yesterday, it could have been 2 million people down here in the United States?”
And Gupta’s actual response was, “I mean, you know, these are all models, Wolf. It’s a little tough to say, but, you know, if you talk about something that is spreading, you know, very robustly throughout a community. You know, two to three times more contagious than flu, and up to 10 times, perhaps even more than that, more deadly than flu, then yes.”
Note that in the conversation above, the two CNN personalities are discussing stay at home orders — but in the ad, embedded below, it seems to imply they’re talking about travel restrictions.
In the letter, the attorney wrote, “The advertisement purposely and deceptively edits the clip to imply that Mr. Blitzer and Dr. Gupta were crediting the President’s travel ban policy issued in January for saving millions of American lives, when in fact Mr. Blitzer and Dr. Gupta were discussing recently implemented social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders issued by state and local governments. CNN hereby demands that you discontinue airing the advertisement with the CNN clip that has been distorted in such a way as to mislead the public.”
According to CNN, the Trump campaign is spending several million dollars to run the ad on cable and broadcast networks.