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. J of K

    Saying a few thousand attended is not coverage.

    September 18, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. Jeff

    ratings speak for themselfs and we all know who has the better ratings right now.The libs are losing this one and they know it..Obama has been proven a lier and the only defence they can come up with is the race card..what a joke these people are..this guy has made a mockery of the presidency.

    September 18, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  3. Steve in Kentucky

    Faux News just can't let facts get in the way of a good lie.

    But if they just keep repeating it and repeating it and repeating it and repeating it - pretty soon the entire right-wing fringe will believe it.

    September 18, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. Shag

    As David Schuster says to right-winters, "You are entitled to your own opinion, not your own truths."
    Fox lied in this story, they lied with the picture of the evident, they lied about the numbers( there were not 2 million or 200k, as Tony Blankley said.) The problem with fox is that they just make it up as they go along. And, the truth is proveable.

    September 18, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. Mike

    Fox simply is saying that all those media compies like CNN missed the point of the event. CNN barely covered it and downplayed always. They might as well have misse the event. All you do is call godd honsest hard working citizens nazi's and dangerous people. If it was a illegal march CNN would have covered it all day and done a week long mini series on it! CNN played more of Obama and his waste of time same crap speech. CNN just taking it all out of context. and twisting it into half truths and half lies just like Osama...Ops..I mean Obama! Get those 2 confused alot! CNN=Communist News Network!!!

    September 18, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  6. David from WI

    Typical left response to criticism (warranted or not) is attack attack attack.

    Welcome to this brave new Obama world.

    The more things change the more they get much worse.

    September 18, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. Debbie in San Diego

    The networks wasted time and effort to cover such an non-event. No one is interested in some fake Fox party....especially a tea party. So lame!

    September 18, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  8. sandlot

    Imagine that, Fox News being inaccurate. Better yet, FOX NEWS – YOU LIE!

    September 18, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. Greg

    FOX News lying? NO WAY!!! Come on people It's FOX News. The home of the most vile pundits in history. They spread racism and hate and that is all. I'm not thrilled with the the other networks especially CNN when they have a policy of not bringing on partisan pundits then Anderson Cooper gives time to the head of the teabaggers but FOX is the lowest.

    September 18, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. Dee Dee Lynn

    Is it news that FOX News lies? The news is that other media outlets are reporting their lies. Of course, they are only doing it because this time the lie implicated them. I wish CNN would spend more time reporting the distortions that come out of FOX News and the political party whose propoganda wing they are.

    September 18, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  11. Hyman Minsky

    I suspect that the ad was a mistake. Fox probably believed that MSM would not cover the story, so it ran the ad. Then, whoops, CNN covers the story.

    A safe assumption on Fox's part, but this time, it was wrong.

    September 18, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. bill north carolina

    Cut Fox news they spent half the year organizing and promoting this event. Maybe its time for CNN to organize its own news and then cover it to death

    September 18, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  13. Take Fox off the Air!

    I was so bothered by Fox News lies i called them and told them about themselves. They should be sued and taken off the air.

    September 18, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  14. RRRUSA

    WHEN will the media be governed by some sort of 'truth in advertising' mandate? Stories are constantly false, lead into with totally misleading statements, or totally sold to the public with volience or sex.

    In fact, whatever HAPPENED to truth in advertising?

    Half the garbage commercials on TV are false, misleading, or on Fox News!

    I wonder what the blogs related to Fox News are saying now? Ha!

    September 18, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  15. Average American

    What coverage did ABC, CBS, NPR, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN provide? Their coverage was simply pathetic and anti-American. Look at their ratings, no one wants to listen to socialistic-communistic-anti-American democRAT propaganda lying. I occasionally surf their news channels only to observe what the enemy (democRATS,ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, MSNBC, and CNN ) are up to, and what they are accusing & calling us true Americans of next. I even call and email to complain to the companies that advertise on their stations. I will be really surprised if this gets published, as most of my always civil comments are on this site.

    September 18, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  16. Mmichael

    FOX News report something that is Untrue? False? A Distortion? An Outright Lie? Surely they would Never do Such A Thing! RIght? Not FOX News! Anyone who would even Suspect such a thing must be drinking Kool-Aid. RIght? Not the Honorable FOX News! Tell me it isn't so!

    September 18, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  17. Scott L

    Didn't get the attention of Foxnews but you bet your dollar that if it was reverse political parties these outlets would have made it the TOP STORY 24/7

    Hypocrites all of them

    BTW turn the water back on in California...none of these outlets covering that story either but foxnews is...poor people...they are AMERICANS not illegals!!!

    September 18, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  18. John C

    Political bias is not the problem people. Yes Fox news was created to promote a single minded party agenda and they do it 10 times more than anyone in history, but that is not the problem. You can see the nonsense and the spin and make your own judgments. Same goes for CNN and MSNBC. The real problem here, that sets Fox news apart is HONESTY. Fox news lies all the time. This add is only one of hundreds of examples. From making up information, editing clips to mislead, "Accidentally" labeling people wrong, to "where just asking a question" journalism. Fox news reports things they know to be false all the time. No other network gets away with that. Even when they make honest mistakes they get blasted and people get fired. At fox you get your own show.

    September 18, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  19. Fernando, Corona Ca

    If CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, and others weren't so left leaning, FOX wouldn't have to place these types of adds. Having said that, FOX is right leaning to be sure, but, they do have and allow dissenting opinions on their network AND even have left leaning commercials. The same cannot be said about the other networks. it truly pathetic that there really isn't a truly fair and balanced network available to the masses. Take, for example, your pathetic coverage of the ACORN story. You hardly covered it and you know it!

    September 18, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  20. Check Yourself

    You know what the difference was? Aerial views!

    None of the "major" networks showed helicopter shots of the crowd, because they wanted viewers to believe it was a small group, and not one that was actually larger than the Million Man March, or Obama's inauguration!

    September 18, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. Jeff

    Unfortunately, they succeeded in what they really wanted: publicity.

    I can't believe this so-called news network even bothers to conceal their true mission: ultra right-wing propaganda. In my opinion, Fox News is the heartbeat of reactionaries around the country.

    They can all sail off to another country and set up shop there, as far as I'm concerned. There's no need for their rhetoric here. The country's progress is hindered due to subversive broadcasts like Fox News.

    Send them packing.

    September 18, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  22. rickymo

    Fair and balanced? We report/you decide? What a crap new organization and not because I don't agree with them but because they play the news to their audience of whackos and could care less about the truth! Pity...

    September 18, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. Julie Grace Grey

    It is a lie that FOX news has more viewers than main stream media because FOX has only republican/conservative viewers while moderates/liberals watch CNN, MSNBC, ABC, PBS...

    The hate-mongers all rally at FOX and the rest of us have many other places to go.

    September 18, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  24. Peter

    I so very much miss they days of news reporters. Just the news, both sides w/o editorial slant or party leaning.

    There is, nor had there ever been, anything fair and balanced about Fox News. And they do lie. Apparently, like in politics, you can blatantly lie about another organization and it's not considered liable. That's a shame.

    Today, we have to watch several news stations, AND read a lot on the web to get the whole story – both sides.

    Again, how I miss the days of Walter Cronkite..

    September 18, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  25. Ray

    What else would you expect from the Fascist News Channel?

    September 18, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
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