NYC Removes ‘Fake News’ Billboard At Times Square

Gabrielle Okun | Reporter

New York City officials removed a “Fake News” billboard in Times Square after complaints from the building owner, an advertising representative said Tuesday.

A “Fake News” billboard — featuring CNN, The New York Times, Time magazine, NBC News and MSNBC and sponsored by a pro-Trump Political Action Committee — was removed after the building’s owner, media giant Viacom, complained. The building itself is owned by a firm founded by Stephen Green, who donated $100,000 to the Hillary Clinton campaign and is the brother of Mark Green, a Democratic politician. However, Viacom controls the ad space and what is promoted on the building.

The billboard was supposed to be shown at 1515 Broadway, alternating between West 44th Street and West 45th Street, according to the Jewish Voice.

“Spent more ink on President Trump’s second scoop of ice cream than the ongoing FEC investigation of Hillary’s $84M Campaign Finance money laundering scheme,” the second screen read.

“The building owner received multiple complaints to remove the ad and, per their agreement, they reserve the right to cancel any campaign that receives complaints or negative feedback,” Bryan Hartong the advertising representative of RRTV Media, wrote in an email to client Dan Backer, counsel of the Committee to Defend the President.

“They approved the ad. How much pressure does it take to make a multi-billion dollar corporation knuckle under?” Backer wrote in response. The advertisement was supposed to run for a week.

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