CNN’s new ad is an exercise in minimalism and certainly never mentions the president by name, but it’s fairly clear to anyone with a passing knowledge of the Mueller investigation that the video is a dig at Trump.
It’s no secret that Donald Trump has a long history of criticizing the “mainstream media”, CNN being a favorite target. The cry of “fake news” has become a rally for both the president and his supporters.
Trump retweeted an image in December of 2017 that seemed to depict the president with a squished CNN on the bottom of his shoe. In July of the same year, amid an outcry of disapproval, he also retweeted a gif of himself tackling a person with the CNN logo imposed over their head.
Trump’s surprisingly vitriolic relationship with CNN isn’t just limited to retweeted memes. The attacks began early. It’s hard to forget the infamous press conference in which Trump told a CNN reporter that “I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news.”
Trump continues to regularly criticize CNN and other news organizations, his more recent “Fake News Awards” being one such example.
CNN has apparently decided to bite back, admittedly in a much less direct way than Trump. CNN’s new promo was posted on their Twitter on February 14, accompanied by three apple emojis and the hashtag FactsFirst.
The promo begins with a picture of an apple sitting in front of a blank white background.
“This is an apple,” it tells us. The screen slides to another apple and it continues, “And this is an apple.”
A few more apples are shown before the culmination, an image of a bunch of apples bundled together in a white box. “And when you put them all together,” the promo states, “you’ve got a case.”
The video itself only totals a small 30 seconds. And it technically doesn’t directly say anything about Donald Trump. But the message is relatively clear: it’s alluding to the Mueller investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia. Mueller has a case and the clues are building against you, it seems to say.
Plea agreements are being made, interviews conducted, and bits of information gathered. Everyone, perhaps especially Democrats, have long been on the edge of their seat awaiting the big climax of the Mueller case.
Some Republicans have done their bit to discredit the investigation as well, the releasing of the memo accusing the FBI of abusing their power within the investigation being a very fresh example.
Whether or not the investigation will lead to a shocking “break” is anyone’s guess. But CNN seems to be putting out the message that something will happen with its most recent video. Trump is likely to continue his aggression toward CNN and strict denial of any Russian involvement.
Watch the segment below:
— CNN (@CNN) February 14, 2018
H/T: The Hill