September 18th, 2009
07:00 PM ET
9 years ago

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. Louis

    boy, CNN is getting more pathetic everyday...why don't they just call it obamavision?

    September 18, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. oxbobend

    Do I detect a "persecution complex" here?

    September 18, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. LoLo

    They are nuts just like their viewers. Whining for nothing. It is just as insane as the congressman complaining to the Subway system in Washington because the trains were too crowded, not realizing that the crowds were the fault of the protesters. They should have sent metro money to cover the cost of adding more trains like other organizations due to make sure that their travel goes smoothly. Bunch of hypocrites.

    September 18, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Jesse Truax

    Hmmm....why would Fox News be that concerned, anyway, if the Tea Party wasn't covered adequately.

    Do they have an agenda?

    Oh, that's right, they're a bunch of right-wing nutjobs!

    September 18, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. cjr

    maybe they covered it however most of the country had other things to do on Saturday – at least I did – but even if I didn't that would be the last thing I would spend my time watching. I saw a little bit on the news- it looked like a halloween party to me -yawn.

    If fox would clean up its act and get rid of beck o'reilly and the others maybe they could become a credible news station.

    September 18, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. REDSOX1

    CNN misses the boat on everything not Obama. Now they have taken up the cause of getting health care passed with their typical left leaning scare tactics.

    September 18, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Farrell in Houston

    If CNN hadn't covered rally I wouldn't have known about it because I don't watch FOX News because of false reporting like this one.

    September 18, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Anthony R. Seta

    Good luck CNN in trying to convince the Fox viewing audience that the alleged 'False Ad' is indeed untrue. If Fox reports it, then that is how it is in the mindset of this viewing demographic.

    I continue to be impressed and inspired by CNN's reporting of all issues and topics. Keep up the good work.

    September 18, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. gerryg

    Fox News can't get the facts straight EVEN in one of their ads. A real good indication of a bad news provider.

    September 18, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Brian

    Wow... A media battle royal! I can't wait to see the gloves come off over a bunch of stupid unemployed Republicans going to a tea party.....

    September 18, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. MB, Maryland

    Please don't stoop to their level! Just ignore their lies.

    September 18, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. AF Sgt in Colorado

    The news stopped being accurate a long time ago, many American people see the media outlets (all of them) as an entertainment business and biased in their coverage – so really, what difference does it make? It seems like Fox, CNN, et al are going to report and say what they are directed to say.

    The Press should have no friends, no influences and their only ally should be the Constitution.

    September 18, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. noneyobuisness

    FOX News is crap. Just like the Repugnicans that watch that psycho network.

    September 18, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. Robert

    This is just an attempt by the idiots at Fox to put the right wing agenda in the forefront of the news. This tea party march is mostly a right wing movement. Its interesting that these "tea partiers" didn't really raise much of a fuss when GWB was spending billions of money on unnecessary wars.

    September 18, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. jeff

    how is this article "news"? cnn, please leave your competitive issues to your own advertisting...cable news is becoming less and less credible each day.

    September 18, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. Ted

    No doubt people who watch Fox News will believe the ad, like they believe every other falsehood broadcast on Fox.

    September 18, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. miken

    oh yeah i remember now... cnn asking constantly "are the protesters raaaaacist??? yeah sure they covered it... but then they didn't really.

    September 18, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Stuart L. Riley

    Should we be surprised that Fox lies?

    They've become so arrogant, that they think they can say anything and get away with it.

    BTW – Way to go Rick Sanchez. You let them have it with both barrels.

    September 18, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. runnerBR

    Fox News & Rupert Murdoch's creed: Never let the truth get in the way of our agenda".

    September 18, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  20. KP

    So I guess Fox "News" has resorted to false advertising instead of their usual false (read spin) reporting.

    September 18, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. Stacey

    FOX Noise is a liar! CNN and MSNBC aired that KKK march on TV. It was so disgusting to watch that I turned the channel.

    September 18, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. No Incumbents 2010

    Fox usually presents lies as "news". That is what Hannity, Beck and O'Reilly do all day.

    September 18, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. Moderate in N.E.

    But with their ad they are now getting all sorts of attention. It recreates the story as many times as the other news organizations have to defend themselves.

    1. tell a news story - fixed costs of reporters, materials etc
    2. place an ad claiming no one else covered the story thus appealing to their base - cost = lost opportunity to charge for ad time.
    3. make your competitors refer to you, discuss the story again, and try to disprove bad publicity - priceless.

    From a marketing standpoint that couldnt pay enough to get you guys to respond.

    September 18, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. Nique Roosa

    Is this another attempt by the right to put more the other networks on the defensive so they will cover this hateful, insiteful demonstrations??????????Please don't let them do that.

    September 18, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. Eyes and Ears and Mouth

    Does that surprise us? Not at all. It only reflects the lack of integrity this so called news chanel has. It goes hand in hand with the unethical tactics of the Re-Public-Klan party...opps im sorry...I meant to say that.

    September 18, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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