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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  1. AJ

    I love this idea!

    August 18, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Laughable. One of the few news sources not owned by the democrats, so they go after it in this shabby manner. Very typical liberal hypocratic reaction. Drug addled yes, typically corrupt, inept and so union thug style. Just like liberals are.

    August 18, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Facts are not fair to the GOP

    To the right wingnut on a previous post blaming Obama about an 8% health insurance premium increase, does this mean you gave him credit for stopping the premiums from increasing 50% in California?

    August 18, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. Dave

    Freedom of the press also means that the press should be free to support any political party it wants. However, the public should be made aware of the political affiliations of broadcast networks. New laws should be passed which require any and all press agencies and networks to explicitly state, when they report on an organization to which they have contributed, that they are a supporter and monetary donor to the subject.

    Just as advertisements have to be labeled as such in a newspaper, disclaimers should be affixed to each story reported by, for instance, Fox News. "To comply with the law, Fox news is a supporter and donor to the Republican Governor's Association" for instance, should follow any story they report about a governor, Republican or Democrat.

    August 18, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Mia

    Dear Mr. Lewis-

    This is not over and this issue will only get bigger. This proves two things (1) the 4th state is dead – there is no longer such a thing as the media as a watchdog. they are now dogs begging at and fighting under the table, just like other corporations and lobbyists. (2) corporations are NOT people, but they have the same rights as people thanks to the supreme court.

    Is it any wonder people turn to programs that "5th state" watchdog the media (albeit with absurd humor) like Colbert and Stewart? My only hope is that one day, there's a news channel that dusts off the journalistic ethics code, re-reads it, and re-adheres to it. That will be a channel worth watching/reading.

    August 18, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Henry

    Nice wordsmithing:
    "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."

    So, CNN acknowledges that CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC contribute to the "other side of the aisle." and in 6-figure rates. But if Fox does it, CNN will cover any Democratic whining, and obfuscate how big media on the left funds Democratic candidates and causes. We see how this game is played.

    I have no problem with Fox giving a disclaimer, if CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC also agree to give disclaimers related to every campaign and cause where they are backing a candidate or party or cause. Yes, that would be across the board.

    August 18, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. JOhn

    Send Fox news back to thier own country.

    August 18, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. RAG

    What a lame response from Fox News and News Corp to the devestating facts around this scandal. Anyone that continues to spout the lie that Fox News is "fair and balanced" after this is either ignorant, stupid or evil.

    August 18, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Gary

    Fox, we distort you decide.

    August 18, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. TheMovieFan

    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.

    THAT is obviously a liberal bias!

    August 18, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Dennis

    For those of you who have stated that you have to "endure" watching the FOX channel which in places of business, let me just say, no you don't. If you do what I do and politely ask the management to change the BS channel, they will do it. You will also get a standing ovation from the patrons. Restaurants, car dealerships, offices etc. will get the message that we will not do business with establishments that promote lies, deceit, hate and discontent anymore. And why is a corporation who is owned by a foreign entity allowed to buy our elections anyway? The BUSH supreme court perhaps??

    August 18, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. tweety

    I must admit, I'm so thrilled we have the Daily Show with John Stewart.

    If not, who in the world would call out the Republicans when they are knuckleheads. This show has a gift of showing just how hypocritical these people are. But....what makes it all the better?

    They use these persons , newspeople, political figures and such, own words that are on tape! So... they can not ever say, oh I never said that!
    The Beck's and Hannity's and the blow hard O' Reily, who is bascilly the biggest hypocrite in the bunch, must cringed when they watch this show, and oh they watch it don't be foolish and think they don't.

    Priceless. Can't wait to see what they will say about this little gem.

    Republicanknuckleheads at it again! Love it! Comedy thru and thru.

    August 18, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Disclaimer: We here at Fixed News are in the business of spreading lies and misinfomation. Anything we report on has not been vetted. We clearly want to spread fear and hate among the masses.

    August 18, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. Liberals are poison

    But of course the same request will never be made to these other networks "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 ." Do as I say, not as I do is what the DGA requests. Poor Democrats have no clue what Rule #1 is: When you're in a hole, stop digging.

    August 18, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. Facts are not fair to the GOP

    Seems like a reasonable request. Lets see if Dr. Evil, Mini Me Beck, and Fat Bastard Hannity comply.

    August 18, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. Blaum

    Take your ball and go home, Nathan....

    EVERYBODY contributes to somebody.... just because America disagrees with the "Professional Left" doesn't mean you need to get your panties in a wad......

    please....if you think you will stop a parent company from donating to further their business strategies... you need to get your head checked...

    wake up, son.... this is how the world works... the only story here is the DGA needs a warm bottle of milk and a nap...

    August 18, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. toughlove

    So...everyone of these networks makes contributions to various candidates, but because Fox can afford more, they need to be singled out?? Stupid.

    August 18, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. Greg Pottstown PA

    "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."

    That's all that needs to be said. Every news organization donates should they all run disclaimers.

    "But none of them have given one organization so much money relative to its equivalent association on the other side of the aisle."

    That's because none of the other news agencies make nearly the amount of money that fox makes because they all stump for the left.

    August 18, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. markus

    that's all Fox News could say in response????

    no addressing how the organization could possibly lay ANY claim to being fair and balanced!?!?

    August 18, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. George

    Brian Lewis of Fox News responds with a display of his middle finger directed at the American voting public.

    Faux News. Fair and balanced ... NOT!

    August 18, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. Dave

    What about MSNBC? It is nothing but a 24/7 infomercial for anything democrat.

    August 18, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. Ron in Califonia

    PUHLEEEASe If this is what the DGA wants then ABC, CBS, NBC and their cable affiliates need to run a disclaimer before each broadcast! Their news reporting and opnion peices are so far left it is outrageous. Newsweek magazine needs to change it's name to Left Wing Opnionweek. If a value was attached to all this "free" exposure is worth many millions.

    August 18, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  23. Goodgold

    Well, it would be interesting to know how much GE (NBC) and Jeff Immelt have given the Democrats since they are in their pocket.

    August 18, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. New Age Independant

    I don't see any CNN, ABC, CBS or NBC running disclaimers for the funds they have donated for for the overwhelmingly biased coverage for Democrats. Liberals must really think Americans are stupid.

    August 18, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. Honest American

    Fox News:
    Formerly "fair and balanced." Now "deranged and demented!

    August 18, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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