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. Marcus

    SJ – Does anyone of those you listed EVER DENIED what they did?

    August 18, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    What I wonder is whose salary suffered so Murdoch could buy more congressional puppets?

    August 18, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    Fair and balanced. I see that their chairman can unbalance any weight scale by just looking at it.
    Their so called "news" is all about the opinions and lies and made of stories of lies of their anchors and their little girl beck and insanity and oreilly, that malkin (eat something woman!). Their reporters sound like they don't know what they are talking about. It's almost as if deep down they know it's all BS but, hey, they need the job.
    Somebody needs to ask that doocey guy about the dancing kitten story he did in DC when he used to report for Channel 4(or 7 or 9).
    Now that I think about it, the dancing kitty was more intelligent and a better news story than any of the crap they spew every day.

    August 18, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. hobart

    Emilio

    "Fascist-Authoritarian-Republican-Teabag (FART) party. "

    LOL. Let's hope the MSM picks up the acronym FART Party ;o)

    August 18, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. ChrisD

    I'm shocked, SHOCKED! Fair and balanced – they don't know the meaning of the words.

    Pablum, Pablum for all you loyal watchers of the 'Ultra-conservative from down-under's' drivel channel.

    August 18, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. sifto77

    Sour Grapes, indeed!

    August 18, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. jeff

    Right, because conservative news like cnn definitely don't pull the same stunts.

    August 18, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Most of these comments on here don't even mention that every other major new network did the exact same thing as Fox. You are all hypocrites. Everything that Fox is to the right, MSNBC is to the left. The liberal moto, "Do as I say, not as I do".

    August 18, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Augsbee

    I don't get it, why are Democrats so afraid of Fox News, I watch them periodically and their news is the same I hear from my local news. I've compared them to the Huffington Post, Newsweek, no difference.

    August 18, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. David Scott

    Fox news is not news at all.

    August 18, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. FauxOwned

    Owned, that's all I have to say.

    August 18, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. Mike

    Amazing!! Who would have thought that CNN could have managed to get every single one of their viewers that remain to comment on this story... Great job guys!

    August 18, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. Ben

    Fox New is fair and balanced. Only in that they try to balance out every other news station, who are all on the left. Including CNN. At least there not really hiding it, like all the rest.

    I mean come on guys. The Dems have it easy in the media.

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

    All news is heavily partisan so I am not sure this matters any. I doubt Fox giving money will be more effective than the various NBC, ABC, etc news anchors all proudly announcing that they are democrats during the "news" (which happens all the time). Given the sad state of journalism you really have no choice but to watch all of them a little and then try and piece together reality somehow.

    August 18, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. Timus, Powder Springs, GA

    That's was "Keep up the good work!" pay. Keep driving the scared and angry fringe to our network!!

    August 18, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. Dean

    When CNN, NBC, CBS and ABC return all their donations over the past years...................CNN just because you are biased towards the left and are losing all your news audience and your credibility as a reliable news source is no reason to whine about FOX news and their donations.

    August 18, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. Mr. Moderate

    Yes while MSNBC does tend to lean left, they do feature Pat Buchanan and Joe Scarborough (although even he admits he would have trouble being elected by the fringe elements who currently control the Republican party). Can't think of any liberal commentators on Fox.......

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

    So CNN found that ...."parent companies of CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC have all made at least six-figure contributions to political parties and candidates."

    Can we have a bit of deeper Journalism here: How much and to whom did the other Networks give? And, what the hell does "relative to its equivalent association on the other side of the aisle." mean?

    CNN and the other Liberal news outlets are losing readers and viewers because they DO NOT COVER THE NEWS FAIRLY. Fox on the other hand gives BOTH SIDES of the story and lets us decide for ourselves. Democrats and liberals hate Fox news because they are used to the old media's monooply. In the old days if the old media didn't report a story like the New Black Panther Party no one would know about it.

    August 18, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    The Dems are just mad, because the owner of Fox, is a big business person, who is not taking kindly to the Dems meddling with his businesses.

    August 18, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "Never have watched FOX and never will......they have always been totaly bias........as long as they have the likes of Beck, Hannity, Palin that spew their radical racist hate I will never watch FOX"

    You don't know what you're missing. Beck's show is freekin HILARIOUS. Just take a dep breath, remind yourself that it's not news and nothing to get all upset about and then watch...you'll have tears in your eyes by the end of it...especially when he takes out the chalkboard and tries to be all professorial. It's a laugh riot...as long as you can dissociate yourself from it being the informational equivalent of a fat elephant dump on your morning cereal.

    August 18, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Clwyd

    FOX and all republicans should be "refutiated!" They are disgusting! I hate all republicans!

    August 18, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Everyone with a brain knows that Faux News is Republican propaganda. They were called-out during the Bush Regime for getting talking-points from the White House.

    Oh I know, the Cons, will say that CNN, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, etc., all are Democrats! Okay....... keep the fantasy alive.

    IF CNN gave one million dollars to the DNC for their governors races, I think it would also make news.

    I look forward to the day, that America grows a brain and stops watching the GOP Propaganda Channel!

    August 18, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. mark

    Since all the rest of this nation's media is so left-biased, the fact that Fox is more on the right (and still reflects left issues) is a huge feather in their cap. More tax-paying Americans are disgusted with the left congress, a left, Saudi-bowing President and left media. God Bless Fox News... and our forthcoming Republican President...

    August 18, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. David

    Okay, as long as fox news does it to. Ohhh yeah, every newspaper in the USA, oohhhh what about every magazine... So what, I read CNN, I read FOX news and realize it is somewhere in the middle. Be informed people. Dont go by your affiliation. I vote the way I feel. I listen to both sides and go from there. Sheesh, is this even news worthy...

    August 18, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. Tori in Texas

    LOL. Gee, they don't even try to hide it anymore, do they?

    August 18, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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