August 18th, 2010
03:34 PM ET
4 years ago

DGA calls for Fox News to run disclaimer

The Democratic Governors Association has written a letter to Fox News chairman Roger Ailes.
The Democratic Governors Association has written a letter to Fox News chairman Roger Ailes.

(CNN) - With the knowledge that Fox News' parent company recently cut a $1 million check to the Republican Governors Association, the leader of the Democratic Governors Association is calling on the cable news network to run a "formal disclaimer" when it covers gubernatorial races.

"I request that you add a formal disclaimer to your news coverage any time any of your programs cover governors or gubernatorial races between now and Election Day," DGA executive director Nathan Daschle wrote in the letter to Roger Ailes. "[…]If you do not add a disclaimer, I request that you and your staff members on the 'fair and balanced' side of the network demand that the contribution be returned."

A CNN review of financial contributions made by media corporations showed that the parent companies of CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC have all made at least six-figure contributions to political parties and candidates. But none of them have given one organization so much money relative to its equivalent association on the other side of the aisle.

Read the full letter after the jump:

"They are the RGA's single largest corporate donor," Daschle said in a statement to CNN. "No donor wants to see Democratic Governors defeated more than Fox News. That's not right. If they want to give up the facade, it's fine – just put on a disclaimer so everyone knows."

Full letter [pdf]

Fox News' response indicates a disclaimer will not likely be forthcoming.

"Nathan's stunt has run its course," Fox News spokesman Brian Lewis said in a statement to Washington Post media columnist and CNN contributor Howard Kurtz. "His 15 minutes are up. Time to leave the stage."


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soundoff (220 Responses)
  1. slipthalo

    Fair and balanced? Yep as fair and balanced as 1mil will buy.

    August 18, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. Marco

    Fox should drop the News from their name and just call themselves Fox Entertainment

    August 18, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Dan

    Yes,
    and the rest of the media should have a disclaimer saying
    "our reporters support DemocRATS and supported Obama for no obvious reason"

    August 18, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Enough

    So CNN and other Liberal media stations have also donated to political candidates.................just not as much. Where is your disclaimer CNN? Kind of like the pot calling the kettle black?

    August 18, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Speak the Truth

    Sounds like the DGA is a bunch of cry babies. The entire main stream media leans far left. Every major liberal newspaper endorses Dems. Fox may seem biased toward the right because they are the only network that reports the other side. The MSM is in bed with Obama. The ratings show it!

    August 18, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. DUMocRATS RECORD DEFICITS + TAXES

    Yeah, keep dreaming DUMocRATS.

    Tell FOX to run a disclaimer the day NBC, ABC, and CBS (ans some CNN shows) run disclaimers on their bias and politics.

    See GE CEO telling NBC what to cover and what not to cover.

    Ha.

    What a double standard.

    August 18, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. All the news that is fit to omit

    Fox news and the Fox news PAC has given donations at the rate of 54 percent to DEMOCRATS and 46 percent to REPUBLICANS.

    Pretty fair and balanced.

    How about you CNN?

    August 18, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Owhiner

    Democants always love free speech except when it does not agree with them. These are the same people that had there lunch money taking and never could could make a sports team. How could any man ever say he is a democant. What a joke these little wizzles are

    August 18, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. kowa

    MSNBC ought to be running a disclaimer for Olberman, Maddow, Matthews and Ed the moron too.

    August 18, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. jay

    Anyone with a half of brain knows that Fake Faux News is 100 percent right wing.

    August 18, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. Michael1959

    AThe DNC just wants their money!

    August 18, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Naqib

    Sure...

    As long as every single other media outlet that has made a contribution do the same...
    Otherwise that would be discrimination... a word you guys like to use.

    But when they say Daschle's 15 minutes are up.... ROFL... I had to chuckle at that one... Great Job as Always FOX

    August 18, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Tim

    Everyone know CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC favors democrats. Do we see a disclaimer on their stations?

    August 18, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    As opposed to the New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, L.A. Times, Boston Herald, Chicago Sun-Times, NPR, ABC, CBS, and NBC–all of which are biased and lean so far left that everyone knows it, so no disclaimer is necessary for them, I guess.

    August 18, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Carl

    I'm not saying which way I lean, but to be fair and honest....

    I'm ok with this type of disclaimer if the DGA is perfectly ok with disclaimers about President Obama's recent $1 million fundraiser to the "Hollywood" elite at $30,000 per person dinner for the Democratic Party.

    August 18, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. sonny chapman

    That's what watering the Tree of Liberty looks like in the 21st Century.

    August 18, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. lloyd roberts

    I once saw Glenn Beck doing the usual Repub thing in putting down FDR, that he was a socialist, etc, etc. I then wrote an e-mail to Fox news reminding them that they are owned by a foreigner, an Australian. And if it wasn't for the US Pacific Fleet which was FDR's baby, he poured billions into it and made it the greatest naval force on earth, then Australia would have been overun by the Japanese. There was no way they could have defended themselves against the Japanese Imperial Navy without the US Pacific Fleet. So no FDR, no US Pacific Fleet. No US Pacific fleet, no Australia. No Australia, no Rupert Murdoch and hence no BS Fox Liar News. Obviously, I never got a response from the chicken hawks at Faux News

    August 18, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Yes and the media needs to STOP running front stories propagated by Cluster Faux goons. All Faux does is try to instigate negative commentary not based on real facts.

    August 18, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. jstsaying

    Let's hope November Democratic voters get the message, if every registered Democrat made themselves sit down for 30 minutes each day and watch a variety of programs on Fox TV and the antics of the 'Christian Broadcast Network' or CBN they would flock to the polls this November in masses, sort of like they did to end the last 8 of Bush. Apathy this election will be devastating.

    August 18, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. Tim

    Everyone knows CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC favor Democrats. Do we see any disclaimers with them? I don't think so. It's funny how people can point fingers and not expect to get one pointed back.

    August 18, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Add em up you lying frauds. CNN's contributions to the liberal media aka ABC, CBS and NBC , CNBC, MSNBC etc. far exceed the $1mm mark. Another typical spin from you lying left wing screwballs.

    August 18, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. Gobama!

    DGA wants Fox News to do something that is ACTUALLY fair and balanced? Good luck! I always thought that motto was a tongue-in-cheeck joke!

    August 18, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. Rickster

    Hey, just think of it this way democrats and I'm sure you'll feel much better about it.......just consider it reparations for all of the unjust coverage done to republicans over the past 40 years by CNN, NBC, ABC & CBS.

    August 18, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. Audrey Fryer

    I am assuming that Faux News will also lose the White House Press Corps front row seat as they have basically rebranded themselves as a political party. That can hardly be "fair and balanced".

    August 18, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. obama victim

    of course FOX leans/donates Republican,,,,,and the other network lean/donate Democrat...so what is the problem?? perhaps that more people watch FOX??? well, get used to it

    August 18, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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