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Ellen DeGeneres and Stephen Colbert have explained facts and fake news with a few fruit demonstrations of their own, referencing a new ad put forth by CNN that uses an apple as a metaphor to denounce fake news.
The ad is part of a new marketing campaign called “Facts First,” which CNN president Jeff Zucker announced Monday morning, and which comes as a response to President Donald Trump calling various news networks, including CNN, “fake news.” On her eponymous daytime talk show Wednesday, DeGeneres reiterated the network’s new message with her own fruit demonstration.
Using an apple to demonstrate “the facts” and a banana to represent “fake news,” she explained that both fruits are a result “of things the president has said,” and pulled out an orange to represent Trump. (A pineapple was used to represent CNN host Anderson Cooper.)
Holding up the banana, DeGeneres asked the audience if they can tell that it is, in fact, a banana. “Wrong! It’s plastic; it’s fake. It’s not a real banana and that’s the problem. Sometimes you don’t know if you’re looking at a real banana or a fake banana,” she said.
“I hope we learned something about what’s real or not real, and I hope we learned a lot about fruit as well. This cost me $53 at Whole Foods, you guys,” she joked.
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