"Upon further review, Fox News pulled the ad yesterday and it will not appear on either Fox News Channel or Fox Business Network", Marianne Gambelli, Fox News' president of advertisement sales, told CNN in a statement.
Fox News said Monday it has stopped airing the controversial political ad paid for by President Donald Trump's campaign, which likens members of the Central American migrant caravan to a man convicted of killing police officers in the U.S.
"After further review, we recognize the insensitive nature of the ad and have made a decision to cease airing it across our properties as soon as possible", Joe Benarroch, a spokesperson for NBC's advertising sales department, said in a statement Monday.More news: Tom Brady Comes Tantalizingly Close, Falls Short Of 1,000 Career Rushing Yards
The ad in question isn't just racist, according to those on both the right and the left, but it is packed full of lies which attempt to blame Democrats for the murders that an illegal immigrant named Luis Bacamontes committed back in 2014.
The ad was part of Team Trump's campaign to demonize immigrants as the pivotal midterms approach to fire up the president's "America First", nativist base.
"After further review we recognize the insensitive nature of the ad and have made a decision to cease airing it across our properties as soon as possible", a spokesperson for NBC said in a statement.More news: Bahrain opposition leader sentenced to life in Qatar spying case
Mr. Trump's campaign manager, Brad Parscale, tweeted that NBC News, CNN and Facebook had chosen "to stand with those ILLEGALLY IN THIS COUNTRY". The ad drew a comparison between Bracamontes and the thousands of migrants who are now fleeing Central America and making their way to the United States-Mexico border (aka the "caravan").
Fox News quickly followed in NBC's footsteps. As for Facebook, where the campaign had deployed the video as a targeted advertisement, they explained it had violated the company's policy "against sensational content". "While the video is allowed to be posted on Facebook, it can not receive paid distribution".
NBC said Monday that in its review, it recognizes the insensitive nature of the ad.More news: Don't resort to prayer camps - Breast cancer patients cautioned
On Saturday, after Donald Trump Jr complained on Twitter that CNN had refused to run the advert, CNN replied saying the commercial was "racist".