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. larry wi

    Waaaaa, waaaaa. Sounds like a little sissy cry baby!

    August 18, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. Phantos

    I would suggest that Fox News be required to run a disclaimer that they are not a news program.

    August 18, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. brandon

    faux news being "fair and balanced" what a joke!!!! sad thing is some people eat up each and every word they say. O'reilly is the absolute most disgusting propaganda spewer since hitler walked the earth.

    August 18, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. Eddie B

    This proves to all of these blind followers of FOX NEWS that they are really not news, but more propaganda. Trust that this $1M is just what is reported also.

    August 18, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Mark

    Fair & Balanced... hahahahahahahahahahaha

    August 18, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. ronald thompson

    Novel idea. Let stations and new people reveal their political agenda. It is easy to see from their bias reporting anyway.

    August 18, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. cph9680

    DGAs nothing more than a bunch of pissy twats who are going to lose.

    August 18, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Sean

    Yah like False News is going to ask for it back. Give me a break!

    August 18, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. Nancy5545

    Fox is for uneducated idiots. They leave crucial information out of their reports so that it appears to have another meaning. Beck, Hannity, and O'Reilly are losers. And since the Republicans like to make a big point about how Democrat wome are ugly, those are some fugly looking men! LOL :)

    August 18, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. rjolay

    Fox News is GOP propaganda. Only dopes don't know that.

    August 18, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. Albo58

    The DGA gleefully smiled as the other networks (CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC) made big contributions to DNC candidates AND gave journalistic protection to the current charlatan in the White House during his campaign and the last 18 months of unmitigated disaster, but they want Fox to admit they contributed to conservative politicians? Puh-leez!

    August 18, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. Indiana Mike

    Must of the people who watch FOX News are Republican; so a disclaimer won't change anything.

    August 18, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. jackson

    Please your bets on the likelihood this will happen.

    Is there a % lower than 0% likelihood?

    August 18, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Emilio

    Fair and balanced? Yeah, right. As for being a news organization, the people who inhabit the real world knows that Fox News is just the propaganda organ of the Fascist-Authoritarian-Republican-Teabag (FART) party. Just don't understand how they can get a front row seat in the WH press briefing room and the likes of National Enquirer can not.

    August 18, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. Sherry

    I think anyone who watches Fox News even ONE TIME finds out rather quickly which side of the aisle they are on.

    August 18, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. Nancy

    Fox news isn't – it's opinion – and very biased and one-sided at that!

    Fox has an agenda – and it's a shame what they've done to tarnish true professional journalism.

    August 18, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Christie

    If no one in the US votes you in to be the governor or a senator, then why not buy all the elected official seats and finish the job that Bush started – push the rest of us off the cliff!

    August 18, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. Kmich718

    Faux will just ignore this as they did the calls and emails from the DGA. They are such professionals (sarcasm intended).

    August 18, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. Bob

    Fox = Fanatic Old Xenophobes

    August 18, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. Kmich718

    SJ – CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC gave to both parties, not just to Rethugs....

    August 18, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. Augsbee

    Oh please, if one has to do it so do the rest.

    August 18, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. nathan

    The other day in the gym a monitor had fox news on it. It was attached to an exercise bike. As I turned around I thought let me see who's watching? Surprise, surprise. An angry looking old white man.

    August 18, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. hobart

    Fox News isn't a news organization. It's been a right wing PR firm that not only presents a biased slant on what it covers, it also lies, completely makes things up, starts rumors, exagerates, and most importantly, ostentatiously bashes Democrats (Bill Clinton, Barak Obama) 24/7/365. Fox News campaigned against Obama 24/7/365 before the election, and has been obsessed with destroying his Presidency 24/7/365 since then. And if that weren't bad enough, they've been deliberately scaring white folks in the most blatantly racist way since Obama's election.

    The FCC needs to determine that Fox News is not a News Organization (rather than report the news, it tries to make the news through rumor and lies), and the State Department needs to seriously consider revoking Rupert Murdoch's citizenship. For all the time the complain about Zouros, Murdoch is the poster boy for Nazi authoritarianism.

    Fox News, Roger Ailes, Rupert Murcoch, why do you all hate America?

    August 18, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "The DGA gleefully smiled as the other networks (CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC) made big contributions to DNC candidates"

    Find a donation that was anywhere remotely close to this massive AND was made by a media outlet or its parent companies that donated only to one party. You find that one and you let us know. Until then, Rupert Murdoch painted the target on Faux Noise's back and they have nobody to blame but themselves.

    August 18, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. sifto77

    These Democrats are sure getting desperate! Who are their "bundles" contributers? Sunday School Kids? Dems are mad because they have demonized Fox News for years and Fox is beating out their LSM stations–MSNBC, CBS and most of the other ststions.....

    August 18, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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