Fox News rejected an advertisement for an anti-Nazi documentary because it was “not appropriate” for the network’s audience.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox leadership axed an ad for the documentary A Night at the Garden, which recounts a Nazi rally in New York City in 1939, that would have been aired during Sean Hannity’s prime time spot.
The ad, which warns that Nazism can and has happened in the United States, was initially purchased through the Charter Communication’s Spectrum service and meant to be aired Monday night in the Los Angeles area. It was not aired, however, because of breaking news coverage of President Donald Trump’s rally in El Paso, Texas.
Field of Vision, the documentary’s distributor, then decided to purchase a national spot for Hannity’s hour — and was vetoed by Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott.
Emails review by THR revealed that Scott, through an ad sales representative, claimed it was “not appropriate for our air.”
Marshall Curry, the director of A Night at the Garden, told THR that he was stunned by the rejection.
“It’s amazing to me that the C.E.O. of Fox News would personally inject herself into a small ad buy just to make sure that Hannity viewers weren’t exposed to this chapter of American history,” Curry said.
The ad will still run through Charter in Los Angeles during Thursday’s episode of Hannity, the report noted.
“The film’s backers also plan to advertise on other national cable news networks,” THR added.
Marianne Gambelli, the president of ad sales for Fox News, said in a statement: “The ad in question is full of disgraceful Nazi imagery regardless of the film’s message and did not meet our guidelines.”
Watch the advertisement deemed inappropriate for Hannity viewers below: