Fox News is rejecting a request from Joe Biden’s presidential campaign that it not air an ad from President Trump‘s campaign that the former vice president’s team says “spreads false, definitively debunked conspiracy theories.”
A Fox News spokesperson pushed back against the Biden campaign in a statement to The Hill.
“We are not in the business of censoring ads from candidates on either side of the aisle,” the statement reads. “Vice President Joe Biden has a standing invitation to appear on any of our platforms.”
In a letter to the Fox News general counsel, Biden campaign manager Greg Schultz pressed Fox to reject the ad.
“Though the Trump campaign is prepared to fabricate outright lies, your station’s airwaves should not be used to disseminate them,” Schultz wrote.
“We are putting you on notice about the absolute falsity of the advertisement’s claims, and we expect that you will reject it. Please consider this letter a standing request that you reject any advertisement containing similar claims, regardless whether the Trump campaign or a third-party group seeks to place it.”
On Sept. 29, the Biden campaign also called on broadcast news outlets including ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN and Fox News to stop booking Trump’s personal attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.