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. Bobo

    Faux-means false. Not too surprising! And CNN we would have loved it if they were right for once! You don't need to cover that crap.

    September 18, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Bob Barker

    Honestly you guys should be admonished for the amount of coverage you gave to 60-70k people in DC. If you were to proportionally cover other demonstrations by the number of people you would have been covering the inauguration for a month.

    September 18, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. D.Monahan

    So much for "Fair and Balanced" news reporting.....

    September 18, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. REDSOX1

    You CNN lover's need to be careful what you wish for. A government big enough to give you erything you need is also big enough to take it all away. You aree too paranoid about Fox, it is the only right leaning outlet. You lefties have ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, Public TV ,Hollywood ,NY Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, control of the Executive, Legislative, Judicial branches of governmant, most of the State Houses, Legislatures and Judiciaries, 97% of all Universities AND Al Quaeda. And you're worried about Fox TV!

    September 18, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. ME

    All CNN did was accuse everyone there of being racist. That's how they covered it.

    September 18, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Peter Zheutlin

    If Fox News wasn't doing the serious harm it is doing to our nation, it would be a joke. It's one long infomercial for the right wing of the GOP.

    September 18, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Bhobbs

    Where has truth gone? And now we are left with incompetent networks who have no skill in reporting the babble they consider to be news. We are also left with political and professional acromony, left with 'news commentators' who shout at each other, social or political conversations that have five or six people yelling at each other with nobody listening. Our brains have been dulled by an ongoing babble of nothingness.

    September 18, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. Saad

    LOL @ AL-Jazeera of America (Fox News)... tooooo funny.

    September 18, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Jim Hutchins, Ogden UT

    What a shame, to ruin a perfectly good meme by insisting that it be true.

    September 18, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. Gale

    Gee, and I thought Glenn Beck used to be on CNN?

    September 18, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. AB

    You're losing, CNN. Hahahahahaha.

    September 18, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. Memphis Lee

    Fox is right...considering the nature and intensity of the Tea Party protest your weak coverage could be considered missing the story.
    STOP WHINING AND COMPETE!!

    September 18, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Rick in OP

    I don't know about CNN's Tea Party coverage, but they sure sat on the ACORN story until the last possible minute.
    CNN should not get too huffy, they have operating under the direction of Obama for almost two years. CNN is not known for their journalistic integrity.

    September 18, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. Dave

    FOX is not news, it is all comentary and should be taken as such.

    September 18, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. Jeffrey B.

    As the propaganda wing of the Republican Party, Fox News routinely tells half truths and out and out lies to support it's conservative agenda. The only difference here is that they published a lie that is about CNN and easy to prove with little or no work. How about a little more effort to debunk other Fox rhetoric?

    September 18, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  16. David Jones

    The better question is when will the mainstream media start calling out Fox News on their daily lies? This was not but one example. They start off in the morning with false, slanderous comments before they get to their shrill commentators in the evening. This network promotes fear, race baiting and a divisive America–and, I am a Republican who voted for McCain.

    September 18, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. David

    You were covering it? Where was the coverage hiding on this website? I didn't see ANYTHING about that rally on the CNN.com home page the entire day of the 12th, except for a brief article citing the White House press secretary saying he didn't know "who these people are". Coverage here was minimal, and down-played.

    September 18, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. Jack

    I am amazed at how much Fox News doesn't cover and I feel sorry for people that only watch Fox. They don't know how much news they are missing and unfortunately get a distorted view of the worlld.

    September 18, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. Deb (long island)

    They should definitely be fined and sanctioned for their continuous lies.

    September 18, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. ~kb

    it's just more fodder for the right-wing-nut-jobs that will use it to authenticate that only fox their voice is the only reliable source of news. my, my how some can delude themselves.

    September 18, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. California Republican

    Hopefully that lunatic Glenn Beck breaks a tear duct on this one.

    September 18, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. John

    Are we getting a bit defensive here? Where have you guys been when it comes to anything that even remotely looks like you'd have to take on the Dem Lefties?

    September 18, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. elmerg

    You dance with who you brought to the dance … right FAUX News?

    September 18, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. al in memphis

    I have a dream that one day a news station will be judge by the content of its character and not its ability to show the most colorful and controverisal. Saddly enough, it may take another 50 years for that dream to come true.

    September 18, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. Steve in AR

    Fox News lies? Knock me over with a feather!

    The only thing sadder is the people who take everything they spew as gospel.

    September 18, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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