NBC announced on Monday that it would not be broadcasting an ad on immigration approved by President Trump, which CNN had refused to run after considering it "racist".
"After another review, we recognize the insensitivity of the ad and have decided to discontinue the broadcast of our properties as soon as possible." NBC Universal said in a statement,
The 30-second ad paid for by the President by Donald J. Trump ran in the middle of a highly anticipated Sunday Night Football show. It raised fears that a caravan with a migration background is roaming through Mexico, which is still hundreds of people miles from the border of the United States.
Luis Bracamontes, a Mexican undocumented immigrant convicted of murdering two members of the Sacramento sheriff in 2014, has been convicted of thousands of migrants fleeing Central America, although Mr Bracamontes is unaware that he is involved with the caravan in Connection stands.
"Dangerous illegal criminals like the police murderer Luis Bracamontes do not care about our laws," the ad said.
It was a shorter version of an ad the president had shared on Twitter Last week, falsely claimed by Mr. Bracamontes, the Democrats had "left him in our country" and "let him stay". CNN dedicated extensive editorial coverage to the longer ad and sometimes showed clips, while Anker and Chyrone declared it "racist."
The 30-second version of NBC did not contain the false claim about Democrats, but still drew a direct connection of immigrants to the crime, a tactic that the President has repeatedly applied. (Many studies have shown that immigrants do not increase crime.)
NBC's decision to run the Trump campaign ad was in sharp contrast to CNN, which publicly responded as Donald Trump Jr. criticized the network for the refusal to carry it out.
"CNN has made it clear in its editorial coverage that this ad is racist," said the network's PR account posted on Twitter, "When we got the opportunity to get a version of this ad, we declined."
NBC showed the ad during a marquee match between the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers, which led to a quick review.
Debra Messing, an actress who plays Grace in NBC's "Will and Grace", protested against the network's decision in a tweet to the fans of their show,
"I want you to know that I am ashamed that my network broadcast this disgusting racist ad," she wrote. "It's the opposite of everything I personally believe in, and what I think is what we're about is our show."
Mr. Trump has used the ghost of the caravan crossing the border of the United States as a central campaigning motive, calling it an "invasion of our country" to fuel the fear of immigration. The military is sending more than 5,000 active troops to the border to prepare for the expected arrival of migrants in the coming weeks.
It was said that the caravan once had 7,000 people, but recent estimates are less than 3,500.