Monday, November 5, 2018
Daniel Victor for the New York Times reports that, in the middle of “Sunday Night Football” broadcast, NBC aired an immigration-themed advertisement, approved by President Trump (see here), that CNN publicly declared to be racist and refused to air. The 30-second ad stirred fear of a migrant "caravan" of Central Americans that is in Mexico and still hundreds of miles from the United States border. It tied Luis Bracamontes, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who was convicted of murdering two Sacramento sheriff’s deputies in 2014, to the migrants fleeing violence in Central America, even though Bracamontes has nothing to do with the caravan.
As Dean Obeidallah put it on CNN.com, "Trump is trying to whip up fear about the browning of America."