September 18th, 2009
07:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Networks respond to false Fox ad


Fox News is under fire for a Friday ad that inaccurately accused its competitors, including CNN, of failing to cover last weekend's Tea Party protests in Washington.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Fox News is under fire for a newspaper ad they purchased Friday that inaccurately accused its competitors, including CNN, of failing to cover last weekend's Tea Party protests in Washington.

"How did, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN miss this story?" Fox's newspaper ad asks.

The answer: They didn't.

CNN provided live coverage of the rally in Washington on Saturday, dispatching more than a dozen personnel, including multiple camera crews and the CNN Express Bus, to cover the event. Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser was live at Freedom Plaza; Correspondent Kate Bolduan reported live from the Capitol and throughout the crowd; All Platform Journalist Jim Spellman provided live hits all day after traveling for weeks on the Tea Party Express Bus; and CNN Correspondent Lisa Desjardins was live for CNN and CNN Radio from the National Mall.

CNN's Rick Sanchez weighs in on Fox's ad

CNN's coverage also included numerous live reports and interviews with protesters and newsmakers, including rally day speaker Sen. Jim DeMint and activist Art Gerhart, who was on the set with anchor Don Lemon to discuss the event.

In addition, provided a live stream of the rally throughout the day.

ABC referred Friday to a statement by Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks - the group that organized the event – characterizing the network's coverage that day as "fair and honest." The rally story was featured on the network's morning shows, nightly news broadcast, in extensive radio reporting and online.

MSNBC also pointed to its own reporting. "Just like every other network mentioned in the ad, MSNBC covered last Saturday's protest," the network said in a statement.

CBS detailed its coverage of the event in a statement issued Friday afternoon.

"CBS News had multiple crews on site with our Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes reporting," the network said in a statement. "It was the lead story on the CBS EVENING NEWS; CBS Radio News provided hourly reports during the day and had the story in its rotating lead all day. They also processed the Nancy Cordes video and linked it throughout the site."

And CNN criticized Fox for its inaccurate statement. "Fox News' ad released today is blatantly false regarding CNN's coverage of the 9/12 rally," CNN said in a statement.

Watch some of CNN's Tea Party coverage here, and read some of our in-depth reporting.

Filed under: Tea Party Express
soundoff (794 Responses)
  1. John

    Just another wxample of fixed news. Fox is full of underachievers.

    September 18, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |

    Oh MY GOD!!!!!!!!! This was aired so much by these two channels,
    how could they say this? Anything to draw more publicity and talk
    about the TEA PARTIES!!! This is a stunt, trick to get MORE publicity.

    Don't believe it folks. Rotten Fox News is trying to keep the talk going.
    because, I know, and CNN and MSNBC NEWS KNOWS, The viewers

    What, Fox you want to spread your venom more than you have.

    Fox News is a creator of hate and I cannot believe that people can
    watch. It makes me literally "sick to my stomach." to watch ONE
    MINUTE of FoX News!!!! Totally dispicable.

    September 18, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. Saul Virginia

    THey simply resort to this lazy & hateful, diparaging tacting just for money.THink about it any loser that cannot make it in the media doing the right thing ends up at fox news or talk show radio which allows them to spew hate and false propaganda to get rich. (eg, Glen Beck, Hannity etc.)
    They know they will succeed there because they have a lazy audience that will listen to anything thing true or false as long as it gives them an advantage.

    September 18, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. Kansas Ann

    Quite frankly, I think the whole thing got WAY more coverage than it deserved. High levels of media coverage is like free advertisement for the cause. It can easily distort the public perception of the popularity and the legitimacy of the movement. The media needs to try harder to avoid sensationalizing the activities of small radical groups. And when they do cover them, I want to hear a good counterpoint interview. Not just a rubber-stamp of their ideas.

    Left or right, I think it's the role of the media to challenge the philosophy of ANY movement. I want to see tougher interviews on both sides.

    September 18, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. lovable liberal

    As usual, right-wing propagandists at Fox will lie openly and obviously and without remorse. Wake up America: You cannot believe a single alleged fact from movement conservatives without checking it against objective sources.

    September 18, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. FactCheck

    Do you expect the media to devote continuous coverage to a fringe event that drew about 70,000 people? Heck, the better gear up to cover the next Springsteen concert because I've seen bigger crowds there than at the 912 thing.

    September 18, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. Derka Fn Derr

    Fox news is pathetic, if your still watching that BS you really need your head checked, not to mention a class in history, english, science, jesus the list goes on. Even Religion if you want to go there. Fox sucks, plain and simple, only someone in the deep woods would still be listening to this BS for lack of better information. Get a computer, cell phone, god, get friends, get out. LOL. (my comment doesnt suggest that liberals have a clue either). Its the middle man as always that does the real work. Get a grip.

    September 18, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. al in memphis

    The orginal Tea Party was a group of routy men who disguise themselves and when out and destroyed other people property. Well, I guess this was a Limbaugh/Fox sponsered event

    September 18, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. Deborah Jean

    We can stop this...regardless of who does it. Programs calling themselves NEWS organizations should be accountable for reporting facts. We need to fine them, like we used to, for telling falsehoods. When certain Senators/Congressmen have been accused of homosexual scandals, Fox News puts a (D) in front of their name. I doubt this is error, knowing how they work, HOWEVER, they should be accountable and fined for this error. Fact checking is STILL IN! I'm a scientist and we insist on FACTS over BELIEFS! It damages the American people to be fed opinions under the guise of NEWS. Before we repealed the Fairness in Media Act, it was required. NOW, anything goes! We, the Citizens of this great country, need to insist that the 4th Branch of government works to tell the truth. A free press does NOT MEAN FREE TO LIE!

    September 18, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. Lila

    Glad to see FNC's childish antics are finally catching up to them.

    This is only one of many, many blatant misrepresentations and lies being perpetrated by the people over at Fox, and I hope we can continue to hold them accountable for it.

    September 18, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. Steve (the real one)

    I imagine you'd rather enjoy the ridiculous MSNBC?
    Here's an idea, you don't like Fox? Don't watch! Real simple ain't it?! I don't like Olbermann and Maddow! I don't watch. You now want to determining what I should watch? How liberal of you!

    September 18, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. Zephirin

    If they don't watch it, how should they know?

    September 18, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. jl

    why not just make a commitment to ignore anything said about fox. they're not going to change and they obviously love stirring the pot with stupid stuff. when they don't get a response, they will go away.

    September 18, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. Alfred E. Neumann

    In the end even bad coverage is good coverage for Fox News.

    I suspect that they are not concerned in the least about the error in the ad.

    September 18, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. William Tellall

    Fox was bought by the Enquirer 10 years ago. Too bad the Tea Party wasn't Cool Aid instead.....

    September 18, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. Fangbird

    So now one news organization's criticisms of other news organizations is news itself? I guess Marshall McLuhan was right – the medium is the message.

    September 18, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. DeShawn

    Fox news always lies. Just like all right wing jerks. THey hate minorities and are racial.

    September 18, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. Jackson

    = Faux News Network.... Seriously only a moron would actually watch Faux News. Lies Lies Lies.

    September 18, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. meinfl

    I didn't see it on CNN (I check everyday). I didn't see the story about the boy who got beat up in MO on Monday this week or the ACORN thing here either (until long after Fox reported it). On the flip, sometimes I see things on CNN that aren't on Fox. Honestly, I try to read Fox and CNN to get the far left view and the far right view as the truth falls somewhere in the middle.

    September 18, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. Jim

    The only reason to watch FOX – 3 anchors sitting on a couch. One male on each side in a suit with a laptop in front of them. A brainless blond in the middle with a skirt above the knees – no laptop – cuz, duh, she doesn't know how to use it – and we couldn't see her legs.

    September 18, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. george cook

    AND you would "actually believe" ABC, NBC, CBS....and CNN......the "unbiased" Main Street Media?? Come on!! Perhaps, if they did cover it, it was the "twist" they put on non meaningful, nonconsequential, and non important.

    September 18, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. Brad

    I learned about the protest from CNN. FoxNews just scares me.

    Brad in Washington DC

    September 18, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. Dave

    FOX shouldn't even be allowed to call itself a "news" channel. What about these hypocrites not covering either of President Obama's prime time addresses?

    September 18, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. Well oh well

    All fair and balanced over there at Fox? Can't even get their facts straight...

    September 18, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. Nero

    What do you expect from Fox News? They are the least trustworthy network out there. The only thing dumber than Fox News are the people that watch it AND actually believe what they are watching is factual.

    September 18, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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