September 18th, 2009
07:00 PM ET
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Networks respond to false Fox ad

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Fox News is under fire for a Friday ad that inaccurately accused its competitors, including CNN, of failing to cover last weekend's Tea Party protests in Washington.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Fox News is under fire for a newspaper ad they purchased Friday that inaccurately accused its competitors, including CNN, of failing to cover last weekend's Tea Party protests in Washington.

"How did, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN miss this story?" Fox's newspaper ad asks.

The answer: They didn't.

CNN provided live coverage of the rally in Washington on Saturday, dispatching more than a dozen personnel, including multiple camera crews and the CNN Express Bus, to cover the event. Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser was live at Freedom Plaza; Correspondent Kate Bolduan reported live from the Capitol and throughout the crowd; All Platform Journalist Jim Spellman provided live hits all day after traveling for weeks on the Tea Party Express Bus; and CNN Correspondent Lisa Desjardins was live for CNN and CNN Radio from the National Mall.

CNN's Rick Sanchez weighs in on Fox's ad

CNN's coverage also included numerous live reports and interviews with protesters and newsmakers, including rally day speaker Sen. Jim DeMint and activist Art Gerhart, who was on the set with anchor Don Lemon to discuss the event.

In addition, CNN.com provided a live stream of the rally throughout the day.

ABC referred Friday to a statement by Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks - the group that organized the event – characterizing the network's coverage that day as "fair and honest." The rally story was featured on the network's morning shows, nightly news broadcast, in extensive radio reporting and online.

MSNBC also pointed to its own reporting. "Just like every other network mentioned in the ad, MSNBC covered last Saturday's protest," the network said in a statement.

CBS detailed its coverage of the event in a statement issued Friday afternoon.

"CBS News had multiple crews on site with our Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes reporting," the network said in a statement. "It was the lead story on the CBS EVENING NEWS; CBS Radio News provided hourly reports during the day and CBSNews.com had the story in its rotating lead all day. They also processed the Nancy Cordes video and linked it throughout the site."

And CNN criticized Fox for its inaccurate statement. "Fox News' ad released today is blatantly false regarding CNN's coverage of the 9/12 rally," CNN said in a statement.

Watch some of CNN's Tea Party coverage here, and read some of our in-depth reporting.


Filed under: Tea Party Express
soundoff (794 Responses)
  1. Sandra,Atlanta

    As with everything else, FOX news takes liberty with the truth.

    September 18, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. Alphonse Klaxon

    The propaganda ministry of the Nutsi Party got their facts wrong again? I'm shocked. Really. Just shocked. Who would have thought it possibly?

    September 18, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    One would hope there is a way to hit this organization of wing nuts with a healthy fine for this latest episode of lunacy!!!!

    September 18, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Troy from NJ

    CNN why even dignify those idiots over there with a response. It was a Fox news event so why should they get free air time on the other networks!

    September 18, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. Kamelita

    What? Fox news made inaccurate, misleading comments? I am so shocked!!

    September 18, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Nicholas

    Gee, go figure the fountain of misinformation and lies Faux News would make up such a story.

    September 18, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. cfoster

    It just shows Fox lies just like the people who they have on their Network. Hannity tells bold faced lies about the president and nothing is done. The you have Glenn Beck who only cares about ratings by telling lies, half truths and bold faced lies..

    September 18, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. nick

    faux tactics to expand coverage on tea party idiots! don't cave in to these slimeball.

    September 18, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. R

    Ha! CNN, you fell for that???? They reported the story so that you could keep ti going for at least one more day. Wow! Don't be so gullable next time. FUNNY!!

    September 18, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Bob the Observer

    All of us want to apologize, CNN. It was on there; it's just that nobody was watching. Our bad!!

    September 18, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Ryan

    And this is why the FCC needs to get involved and finally put a stop to FAUX NEWS because it's NOT fair and balanced... it's just like the 700 club. So if you want to be biased, just admit your biased and broadcast your ridiculous slants in the comfort of your own ignorance.

    It'd be business as usual for them!

    On youtube you can find that video footage of when they used adobe photoshop to darken the eyes and recede hairlines of two democrats they decided were bad news... look it up. They tried to make them look downright evil! It's hilarious.

    September 18, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Meka

    Why is CNN stupping to the level of Fox News?

    September 18, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. ETM

    That Fox News would bring up this issue is absurd. Fox is–and never has been anything but–a propaganda instrument for the GOP. On its best days, it selects and slants the "news" in whatever light is most favorable to right-wing political fortunes.

    Fox News is Faux News for everyone not in the right-wing echo chamber. Otherwise, try a reality-based network or web site.

    September 18, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Mark L.

    Nice CNN....you may have ran a 2 minute segment on it, but you didn't COVER it. This type of stuff should be HEADLINE material! NO BIAS PLEASE! This goes for all news outlets.

    September 18, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Government is your DADDY

    CNN, what about Obama being a Lawyer for Acorn at one time pushing there agenda.
    Obama gave $800,000 while running for Pres.
    Now they are able to receive 8 billion from the taxpayers.

    Obama is on tape saying they will have a seat at the table on working on his agenda for america.

    Still no story........

    September 18, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    LOL now we have the news networks calling each other liars, this is priceless. I followed the event completely on CNN. I believe there is balance with this network. I did notice that the NBC evening news show had no story on the event. NBC Evening news is my watched TV broadcast for news. But for web news it is only CNN.
    Do I agree with it all the time NO, but I do want to know both sides of every issue and I have no problem in finding this information through CNN.
    I personnally will not watch MSNBC or Fox, I want a more balanced approch with an ear towards the middle of the issues, thanks CNN for doing that.

    September 18, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    All FoKKK news does is LIE. Thank you CNN for calling them out on their B.S.!!

    September 18, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. Ray

    Does anyone think that this is Fox's way of getting the tea party back in the news cycle? It would allow them to restate the messages they want out again and again. Wow, those folks at fox are a crafty bunch, aren't they?

    September 18, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. Steve P

    Wait, this doesn't make sense at all. How can they accuse ABC of not covering the event when it was a rally organizer who (wrongly) cited ABC's attendance estimate of the event?

    FOX's strategy seems to be as follows – spread as much blatantly incorrect and inaccurate information out there as possible. Once it has been released, it doesn't matter how much debunking there is, the misinformation persists (See: Birthers). I guess this applies to most of the fringe conservative groups (I loathe to call them Republicans).

    September 18, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. 60's survivor

    these fools can't get enough false news. what a shame. they exist only to spread false rumors and far right propaganda

    September 18, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. Kyle

    who really takes Fox news seroius, Fox news is a complete waste of cable. For the past couple of months Fox news only focus on Obama bashing and nothing new but if u have the brain of a bird i guess thats the station to watch.

    September 18, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. Proud member of the party of Yes We Can!

    Fox News . . . YOU LIE!

    September 18, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. Nailscar

    Actually there not under fire for it. The biggest issue is CNN's refusal to cover the ACORN disaster.

    September 18, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Joker1956

    You go CNN!

    September 18, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. LG - the G is for Gonzalez

    Poor Fox. They so want to be considered a news organization. But real news groups cover real news, not make stuff up as they go along. Face it Fox, there's no way that anyone could mistake you for a real news organization. Rabble rousing? Now that's where you're really good! But you still need facts! What's a network of short skirted and neatly coiffed airheads to do?

    September 18, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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