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. Lori in St Pete

    I know this is going to be difficult for the rethugliban because the truth hurts, but here goes: At the end of the previous story about Faux's donation to the RGA, contribution information was also provided for other news organizations. They were pretty evenly disbursed between the dems & rethuglicans. While the previous article stated that Faux "showered" donations on the dems, the truth of the matter is they donated $50k. Hardly a shower. More like that "trickle down" the rethugliban likes to tout.

    August 18, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Greg Gilbert

    Paying off both sides is nothing more than having to pay off protection money. It's no secret Fox is right leaning. Its Murdochs network and he can do what he wants to it.

    August 18, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Billy

    Anyone notice that CNN left out the juicy details? hmm... wonder why?

    August 18, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Sean

    Are there still idiots out there who insist Fox News is "fair and balanced" and that they don't support a right wing agenda?

    August 18, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Pat F

    "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."

    'nuf said – nothing to see here, folks, move along.

    August 18, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. The King

    The 24×7 teabag/GOP infomercial known as fox "news" should be forced to run a "paid advertisement" ticker under their broadcast at all times. Their legitimacy as an actual, unbiased news organization lapsed a decade ago. They exist only to stoke fear-hate in the emotionally unstable, obtuse, and uninformed, with their constant drumbeat of xenophobic, shizophrenic, propaganda.
    Think rationally using facts and logical analysis, not emotional tripe designed to enrage you.

    August 18, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. Erica Guerra

    THIS IS NOT A COMMENT...this is a note to Jeff Simon:

    Jeff:

    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.

    I GET what you are trying to say...but seriously, dude...that last sentence would give Faulkner a headache. Can you more directly state that what's noteworthy here is how Fox's contribution, when taken in context with its general op-ed position, dwards the impact of similar political contributions from its media peers?

    Just a thoughts..and note this is NOT a comment.

    August 18, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Chris

    One of the worst memories I have of Fox "News" is shortly after Obama was elected. There was an elementary school that Obama was going to visit. The children at the school made up a song for and about Obama and sang it for him. After all the "anchors" on Fox laughed at the children one had the nerve to call them little Nazis. All because they wanted to sign a song to their president. NICE! It's really sad how any news agency can be so bias, so racist. Everyone one knows how one sided and bias Fox is, they need to stop embarrising themselves, drop this "fair and balance" nonsence and just be what we all know they are.

    August 18, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    So finally someone in the Democratic Governors Association comes up with an original idea. Did he clear this first with David Axelrod?
    It can't be fun being Nathan Daschle heading into November 2010.

    August 18, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Ed

    WOW!!! Nothing new.

    August 18, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Brad

    CNN and the mainstream media have long prooved alegence to the democratic party, add them up against FOX and see who gives more to who. I am all for full discloseure for all media.

    August 18, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. BobInIrvine

    As if Fox cares about this. The problem is the fact that viewers of that channel are pea-brained enough to believe the "Fair and Balanced" moniker that is, for anyone sentient, patently false.

    August 18, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. ANDROLOMA

    Is the media slanted to the right, or the left? I've laughed about this argument for literally decades, as you idealogues keep debating on and on whether news outlets influence and/or propagandize.

    The media is a vicious little animal concerned with its own survival. The media is the same as any corporation: preservation of the status quo as its primary objective, despite that the villainy of politics make ruin of the world. This little cabal of journalists is so blase, they would roast marshmallows over the glowing embers of the planet after it burned down. Mass media MUST be conservative, by definition strictly. Any other interpretation reflects the flaws of bias within one's mind.

    August 18, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. Darth Cheney

    Forget the disclaimer, just make it an issue in every single campaign – if Fox News supports Republicans, you should not.

    August 18, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. Ed

    Sorry, I meant nothing new for FOX

    August 18, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Drew, FL

    "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."

    Why take only a half-step? Why not stop all pretense and call themselves Fascist News? I'm sure some in their ranks would love to embrace the swastika.

    WE THE PEOPLE just became WE THE CORPORATION. Wake up America

    August 18, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. cnn always liberal all the time

    all the rest of the second tier media orgs, including CNN, have been giving money to the dems 95% to 5%, DNC go stuff it. They are 95% liberal. So much for diversity.

    August 18, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. Kelli

    Like NBC/MSNBC and all the 'journalists' who took part in the "JOURNOLIST" haven't always picked their favorites, manipulating the news, campaigning and sending money.

    At least the check cutting is not illegal or unethical.

    August 18, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Scott O' Canada

    Fox News is to news what wrestling is to sport, or Sarah Pallin is to real politics. Entertaining to watch for some but who very few, save for the profoundly retarded, take seriously. And we are all growing a little tired of the Fox News flunkies accusing all other media outlet of being liberal propoganda machines.

    August 18, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. Don in Delaware

    Stunt? Since when is arguing that they practice what they preach.. a stunt?

    August 18, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. Jon

    Fox News is a disgrace to journalism. Their fifteen minutes are up. Time to leave the stage.

    August 18, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Does it strike anyone with even a tiny bit of observational powers as a surprise that Fox News is a Republican Party speaking platform?

    Every time their so-called anchors speak, I can picture a Republican spokesman with his arm up their posterior, making their mouth move with his hand. If you think of it that way at least their news is slightly amusing

    August 18, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. Leah

    FoxNews is NOT 'news'.
    They are an arm of the republican propaganda machine.
    I am glad to see more and more people realizing what many of us have known for years.

    August 18, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. Michelle

    Wait, what? Although clearly all the major news networks contribute to the campaigns, DGA Director Nathan is insisting only that Fox News run a disclaimer? And yet, he's not insisting CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC and the rest run disclaimers as well? Ah, so he wants only Fox to run disclaimers simply because they made a mighty large contribution to the side Nathan is not on....why, that doesn't sound very "fair and balanced" Mr. Daschle. Either ask that all news networks run disclaimers or let it go, I mean that is if you're REALLY interested in being "fair and balanced"

    August 18, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. darla

    Well duh!!! Does anyone still want to debunked. it Nathan Daschle should not waste time with this facts. He's already late for that There's no Fox news there is a Republican propaganda network. The reason they are having a high rating than credible news organization because they tell lies and things that their audience like to hear not what they need to hear.
    One day this audience who are mostly old white people will not even be here anymore. so I'll give them 5 years tops

    August 18, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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