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. debbie

    FoxNews lie? No, really?! Gee. Now there's something newsworthy. Fox news lies. How about that.

    September 18, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Bill of Florida

    Fox is anything but fair and balanced. It's an extremist point of view in the guise of news.

    September 18, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. Stephen

    Fox is full on nonsense. The racist minorities in this country should know they will never win. Their days are well past. Majority of white America are reasonable people who do not have issues with color. I appreciate most white people...but those hating minorities must be condemned and shunned by all Americans. Let us live together black, white, latino whatever as God's children. As for Joe Wilson, the birthers, Lou Dobbs and Glen Beck, your days are numbered. We are wiser and will not let you childish rants derail our friendship accross color.

    September 18, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. ttofast70@comcast.net

    Nobody cares what Fux new does. Too bad they don't get their lisc. pulled. THAT would be a good thing.

    September 18, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. PDF

    Fox News Network is despicable on a good day... Appealing to the least of with the least in us!!!! Shame on them for doing all they can to promote divisive behavior amongst us. I'm glad the other networks stood up to them and called them OUT!!!!!!

    September 18, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Herb

    It wouldn't be FAUX News if they weren't lying....pathetic as usual!

    September 18, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. daniel

    Those Republicans would not know the truth if it hit them in the face. If those Tea Party participants are serious about taxes, they should all refuse Government assistance in the form of Social Security, Medicare, free public education, public transportation, do not take any airline since the FAA monitors the safety in the shy, do not drink any municipal water, never call the police and put out the fire in your home. Also, do not drive on the interstate highway system.

    September 18, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. TrustMe

    Anyone suprised?

    September 18, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. Chas in Iowa

    I saw the coverage on my local NBC news affiliate as well as CNN. I was also taken back by the racist signs and the stories of people trying to initiate membership into racist orginizations.

    Folks can deny the teaparty had racist overtones but I saw it for myself.
    Was this covered on FOX?

    September 18, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. V B Ayyar

    Joey Wilson, where aaare you?? We neeeed you!!!!

    September 18, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. Danny

    The truth doesn't hold any meaning for these people. I guarantee they'll keep making the same false claims, over and over, regardless of the facts. It's how the conservative movement gets out their "message".

    September 18, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. lj

    Fox News- YOU LIE!!!

    September 18, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Robert Blake

    Typical Fox Propaganda Network lies. Fox has the same credibility as Pravda did back in the old USSR.

    September 18, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. Scott

    CNN, how low can you go? Must you really respond to everything Fox says you do or don't do? Weak sauce...weak sauce indeed.

    September 18, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. Sue from NC

    seriously, I'm so over these tea party people and Fox.

    September 18, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. DJ

    Once again Faux News proves they have no credibility with blatant lies, distortion and promoting a right-wingnut agenda.

    Besides Faux News idea of coverage seems to imply endorsement of a bunch of uneducated, unpatrotic lunatics that hate government, carry racist signs, and have no clue of the facts.

    September 18, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Terry

    What? Fox got something wrong. What a surprise.

    September 18, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. mary

    I have quit watching Fox News simply because there isn't a spot except perhaps Geraldo that isn't so blatently propogandized toward the hate mongering moods that are on the fringe of our great society.

    September 18, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. Bob (Illinois)

    Oh, my! What has happened to FoxNews? I can't believe they would support an inaccurate ad, program or interview...NOT!

    Now let's see if they print a retraction. Don't hold your breath.

    September 18, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Fox news uses only one simple liner for people to remember their line regardless of the truth!

    September 18, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Robert Farrell

    I thought FOX News was throwing the party.

    September 18, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. R Wolf

    I can't believe any true, honest, and respectable newscaster could find themselves working for the dishonest, biased, blatantly disrespectful fox news. These people are fictional characters parading around and pretending to be newcasters. beck calls himself a comedian, bill was a trash tv reporter, newt is a disgraced politician and the rest are just has beens who can't see the truth or just don't care to. I will never understand how people can listen to the fiflth, hate and dishonest reporting this station promotes.

    September 18, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Julie

    America is a Country where there is no Dearth of Intellect. We have the most Brilliant Men and Women in the World. We have Professors; Jurists; Scientists; Nobel Laureates; Physicians; Chefs; Engineers; Poets; Novelists; Comedians; Artists; Academicians; Priests; Pastors; and many many other Noble People of Character.

    Rush Limbaugh is an Unqualified Quack, who Spreads Rumors, Misleads and Concocts Stories, Buffs and Gossips. Rush Limbaugh is a Person who Spreads Hate, Jealousy, Animosity, Disparage, Negative Criticism and Negative Opposition, Disharmony and Disagreement.

    Rush Limbaugh is Uneducated, Illiterate, Idiotic, Characterless Drug Addict and Distraught. Still GOP supports him.

    I don't understand why people listen to him, when there are so many Brilliant Men and Women to Hear. God Please save Americans from being Swayed by Evil, Wicked and Immoral Men like Rush Limbaugh.

    September 18, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. San Diegian

    The only channels that were showing live coverage was CSPAN and FOX news. I looked on CNN, nothing. I looked on MSNBC and they were showing some criminal show. I like CNN and I usually watch CNN but not on that day...

    September 18, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. saul munoz

    Fox news is unreal. completely disconneted from reality

    September 18, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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