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. meinNH

    this is why FAUX NEWS is called.

    FAIR & UNBALANCED

    August 18, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. Dano

    On a totally unrelated note – this is the only article allowing comments at this time – CNN why does it take 2 – 3 hours for a moderator to review people's comments and either approve or disapprove them? Why should anyone bother to comment if the article is already off the current Ticker page?

    August 18, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Bobhope

    Faux news is biased? Never saw that coming

    August 18, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Hendrik

    There you go. Fair and Balanced I tell you, Fair and Balanced.

    It is amazing that other media outlets are so afraid to take on the Republican news outlet. It is also very strange that Fox Noise is not talking about it at all.

    August 18, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Rick - Ex Marine, Liberal

    Faux News is the one to know STUNTS. Glenn Beck/Hannity/O'Reilly...one stunt after another. Dear Faux News...GFY.

    August 18, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. rdepontb

    Nice going, FoxNews. It is pretty clear that it has _not_ been your big brains behind the Republican messaging, after all. Now you send Brian Lewis, your VP of Corporate Communications, to try and defuse the turmoil your nonsense has caused across the globe (yes, the story is highlighted in the UK, France, and Germany, among other countries).

    You gave up that pretense pretty easily and clumsily, didn't you? Now what??

    August 18, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. gt

    i am sure they will do the same with msnbc....not....

    August 18, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. David in Reality

    Makes perfect sense...

    August 18, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. MikeH

    Faux Spews, Fixed Noise, Fox Lies, all accurate for describing the RepubliKlan Ministy of Propaganda cable TV program of foreign-born facist Rupert Murdoch. In another era, Rupert would have sported a short mustach and saluted a swastika.

    August 18, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. FAUX NEWS is FIXED NEWS

    FAUX NEWS putting a disclaimer on any of their fixed "news" program is tantamount to admitting to what all Americans already know – That FAUX NEWS is the propaganda arm of the Republican-Teabagging party!

    August 18, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. Future expat

    NO ONE takes Fox News seriously, except moonshine-swilling hillbillies and their wives/cousins.

    August 18, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. Richard

    Fox news is the anti-msnbc news. Why not have the stones to just come out and say it!

    August 18, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. Ted

    Can't wait for the spinmeisters, AKA Boner, Limbarf, Cantor, Palin, Mcconnell, Beck, Hannity, Liz Cheney, Steele, to get a hold of this.

    August 18, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. Brad5013

    Fair and Fascist . . .

    August 18, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. ~~ JULY ~~ ( Palin is the new Paris Hilton )

    "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."

    FOX knows all about STUNDS running its course and when a '15 milnute' person time is is up .... course they let it go on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on ...... and on.

    August 18, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. John E. Woods

    We all know or should I say those of us that have sense, See through FOX so called NEWS LIES AND HALF TRUTHS. They are part of the right wing that wants whites and non whites fighting each other. The right wing would rather see this country run into the ground rather than work to help get people back to work and keep their homes. They are part of the party of NO! someone needs to give them a headsup there's white folks hurting too.....

    August 18, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. Jilli

    Are you kidding? This is Foxs investment in itself – they're the propaganda wing of the gop, always have been – the gop is just a subsidiary of murdochs empire.

    August 18, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. Ann

    Faux should totally have to run a disclaimer!!! Although anyone who can think on their own knows they are nothing but liars!!!!

    August 18, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. rustzula

    In my opinion any news reporting agency should not contribute to political parties on either side. But a 1 million dollar donation? That is pretty outrageous. I'm still pretty stunned over "terror babies" and the whole terrorist monkeys being trained to shoot guns. After those stories and the many many others like it I am surprised there are even any Republicans left.

    August 18, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. Dan

    What a joke for a news channel ? To be 'Fair and Balanced', they'll need to donate a million to the Senate Republicans running and a million to the Republicans running in the House. And let's not forget that mental genius, Sarah Palin. She should get at least 10 million when she runs for President. Did they teach this type of fairness in journalism school ? Where did this come from ? Who are you, really ?

    August 18, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. Southern Belle - North Carolina

    Fox television is not a news organization. It is the political arm of the Republican Party. I watched Fox for about two hours last week and, in that period of time, all I heard was intense criticism of President Obama for absolutely everything he said or did. Fox gave no rebuttal to the scathing stories of their reporters but, in fact, enhanced them. Each time Fox says "Fair and Balanced" it reminds me of my young son with chocolate all over his face telling me he did not eat a half- dozen cookies. I don't waste my time on Fox.

    August 18, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. Brian L

    FOX News coverage is arbitrary and unjust! We haven't seen this type of tyranny since before 1776.

    August 18, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. SJ

    So it's okay for CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC to each give $250k but not okay for FOX to give $1m. Good Point CNN!! Good Grief!!

    Idiocracy of the highest order!

    August 18, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. larry

    The disclaimer should go like this: "We at False News Network only support rich republicans, The White Annoying Teabaggers and white supremist Nazis. We are unfair and our comentators are unbalanced".

    August 18, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. Former Republican

    just more of the Fox('s) tail wagging the dog

    August 18, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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