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. Lila

    Rick in OP:

    CNN did in fact post the ACORN story as it broke over a week ago.

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

    I, personally, will not watch anything that Fox news sponsors. I turn
    to another channel even when it is "local" news!!!! or their local
    TV, station, which is Channel 2 in St. Louis.

    I get upset when I accidently turn to anything FOX.

    September 18, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. rose

    Pete...are you kidding Faux honest about their right wing leanings? Then why do they insist on calling themselves fair and balanced? Just more lies on top of other lies

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

    I wish cCNN defends eveything else FOX lies about, i am not sure what CNN is scared of when it comes to a real should be more aggressive about issues that is unfairly said by fox more...but over all CNN i am not hating keep up the good work:)

    September 18, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. Rita

    Unfortunately, the people who watch Fox News don't seem to watch anything else and believe everything they say. Oh yes, they probably listen to Rush Limbaugh.

    Talk about biased news – not your "liberal" media, for sure.

    September 18, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. Derka Fn Derr

    What else is..........old?

    September 18, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. Lisa P

    Covered it? Fox pretty much created it - the other networks ought to call Fox out for ginning up "reality show" fake news event and then pretending it actually meant something to anyone except the lucky racists who got their signs on TV. The whole thing was a charade from start to finish.

    September 18, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    Fox new blatantly false, duh what did you expect? These are the people that brought you Obama is a muslim and wasn't born in the US.

    September 18, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. Nothing 'Stand Up' about Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)

    CNN, you are real journalists. Instead of running off to cover the next phony controversy in order to avoid Faux News's next round of phony criticism, CALL OUT FAUX NEWS.

    Call out that network's love for partisan, drumhead-like witch hunts, for accusing people publicly, for trying them by public opinion based on half-truths and insinuations, and for repeating all the nonsense until their targets are "convicted" by means of ruined reputations.

    Call out their biases and their games.

    Call out their failures as journalists.

    Investigate Faux News. Take an hour in primetime to present the results, starting with that network's roll in the 2000 presidential election (remember its coverage of the Florida results?) and going right up to the present.

    September 18, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. rin

    i knew cnn was covering it.... because every time i turned to CNN to catch obama rally i was seeing the tea bag party!!! but i eventually tuned back in to cnn to catch obama rally... fox is the worst and i feel sorry for all the viewers that watch the network,......they are rather a misinformed group.

    September 18, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. 200 Days of nothing

    CNN only showed it real quick because this story was not part of there Liberal agenda.

    September 18, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Jason

    I'm glad CNN is standing up to the bullies at Fox News. How dare Fox run a biased news story or print ad. Good thing we have and MSNBC to guide us and tell us the unbiased truth. You'll never see them distorting the truth and running a disgraceful, self-serving advertising campaign. Wasn't it Fox News that also ran that General Betrayus advertisement....oh, wait....

    September 18, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. Jasoninpa10

    Everyday on they are running some headline article that totally overplays black victimization by whites. CNN is absolutely OBSESSED with race. And FOX is right: CNN's coverage of the protest was minimal, and only in the context of "look at all those fringe racists."
    CNN is destroying America. No wonder why FOX's Ratings are quadruple theirs every night of the week.

    September 18, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. Mike, Illinois

    Gotta tell ya.... I read every single day. I am all for Obama's healthcare plan and I voted for him as well. But I did not see one story on the front page of CNN about this, actually had no idea about it until now.

    You guys are mostly morans and are completely hypocritical. You're telling me that if 100,000+ people showed up in DC to support Obama it wouldnt have been the cover story on CNN??? It would have been, don't kid yourselves people. Both Fox and CNN are horrible, no journalism is fair and balanced. You people need to start thinking for yourselves instead of what these people tell you to. No wonder this generation is so lazy. Wow.

    September 18, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. Tony in Phoenix

    For the FOX viewers if they are not looking for something then they will not be able to find it. If they never switch the channel they have no idea what else is going on. As far as they are concerned CNN and the rest are not doing anything.

    As for the stats on viewership, if FAUX News is the only outlet for the right wing nut jobs of course their numbers will be big. When everyone else has more options their numbers will be spread out.

    September 18, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. Roger

    Fox News not reporting the truth. whats the news in that? Its been going for years.

    September 18, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. John

    How DARE the right-leaning people of this country have a news channel?! Ban them! Censor them! Ridicule them! Alinsky them! All hail Dear Leader's propaganda!

    Who care what their ideology is? Fox is the only one doing the job of journalists right now: challenging the power elite of Teh Messiah.

    September 18, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. Jarhead

    CNN is so weak. FOX is loaded with great folks telling it like it really is. Stop being such limp wristed nasal whiny ass clowns and compete like you are about to lose your job. GEEZE....

    September 18, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. Baltazar360

    The comrade Obama did not give CNN (Communist Network News) permission.

    Are you questioning the comrade?

    September 18, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. Jonathan

    Hey REDSOX1 get your facts straight the judicial branch is still controlled by the right wing by a 5-4 margin. At least until one of the righties retires and Obama can put someone with some sense in there.

    September 18, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. FormerGOP

    Why is CNN acting like this is something new, Fox Fix news has all ways been less then honest. They tell big major untruths, CNN never said anything because Fox news does not say anything negative about CNN, but now that Fix new drags CNN into the lie they want to go off, well CNN if you would call FOX fixed new on the carpet across the board they will not feel like the have license to lie ALL THE TIME! Welcome to the beat down CNN! It is about time you guys showed up and out! Way to go Rick get in there butt!

    September 18, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. Nero

    David, don't be a retard. I read everyday got sick of seeing all the different headlines related to the "teaparty" BS.

    September 18, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. Rick

    If it was not for Fox News this administration and Congress would never be challenged. Their ratings speak for themselves.

    September 18, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. ronie patrick

    It is about time Fox is dealth with. I do not and will not waste my time about Fox News for I have washed the fools out of my mind and will not find anything good to say about them at all. You go CNN for fighting for yourselves aganist FOX News that so many people are trying to not support this channel at all.

    September 18, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. JKT

    Rick claimed "I don't know about CNN's Tea Party coverage"

    Then why are you posting here?

    "... but they sure sat on the ACORN story until the last possible minute."

    Oh, so you can change the subject. OK, so let's take you up on that. The "ACORN story" was a non-journalistic Fox sting. (Ever see Harry Reasoner or Ed Bradley dress up as pimps? No, and for good reason.)

    And CNN, like other organizations, picked the story up on the same day as Fox aired it. The video was Fox property–how exactly do you propose Fox competitors get the story earlier...sneak into Fox HQ and steal it (a la Watergate)? Knock it off with the unreasonable/illogical accusations.

    September 18, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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