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. Deuce

    I think CNN should tell Obama to go see Alice. Maybe he will be ready?? But never to know what he talks about..

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

    Why would you dignify ANYTHING that the Republican Cretins at Faux News says? It's not news and it doesn't warrant even your attention much less commentary! Faux News is totally irrelevant in concert with the totally irrelevant and taking too long to die Republican Party! Please don't announce their final demise.

    September 18, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  3. FOX News is a Joke

    Honestly, it's not a surprise....which "news" agency, of all that exist in the free world, purchases ad space to slander others and then subsequently embarrass itself by being absurdly wrong (not that this situation is unique, they are always incredibly biased)? FOX News. Period.

    No one understands....actually, forget one executes more poorly on stupidities like this than FOX. They are a bunch of moron hooligans that pour venom into the eyes and ears of the under-educated. The sad thing is that I actually watch FOX for 50% of my TV news time just to get a glimpse of the lies that they are spreading and so I can better understand what these poor fools (the under-educated religious zealots) are being fed.

    The good news is that ultimately, anyone with a peanut for a brain understands that what is wrong with America can be aptly demonstrated in a short viewing of this so-called "News Network," and that all you need to do to correct it is turn off your TV, READ from multiple sources, and get out of your miserable little towns and into the world that non-manic, normal people live in.

    FOX News, thank you for reinforcing your inability to function both on a reporting level as well as organizationally (I wonder which bimbo intern is going to get burned for not doing her homework on the real news networks).

    September 18, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. dee

    Just like a whining child, FOX should be's amazing how they can pull people into their lies...SMART people know they are lying and have been proven liars...the FACT that CNN is defending itself against them, gives them more power than they are worth..

    It's called BULLYING 101..and CNN (and the other networks) fell for it....again....geesh

    September 18, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  5. blinky

    it never said they didn't cover the event. it said they missed the story.

    September 18, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Maybe it should be up for longer. When a major group of people has protested in the past, it is all over the media, but when the protest is criticizing someone they "love" they down play it as much as possible.

    September 18, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. Susan

    Fox News what do you expect, biasd reports, lying reporters, the poorist network to watch.....I don't give this network any of my viewing time.........As long as they have Glen Beck, Hannity and the rest of their racist journalists and reporters, they will never have my viewing time

    September 18, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  8. Nathan

    I remember when the protests happened. CNN carried minimal stories, somehow never showing overhead shots. They also were very slanted in the stories they did have. The website was even worse.

    I wish CNN was more objective in their reporting

    September 18, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. Anne

    Everything in this country is starting to sound so childish it is disheartening. I feel bad for the very young ones because we adults are not acting accordingly. SAD!!!

    September 18, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  10. gor

    fox is not real news a comedy show

    September 18, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. bri fla

    Everyone over the age of 5 should know better than to try to watch fox anymore. Sometimes I feel as if their spin is a slap in the face because I can see through their one side position, wonder how dumb they are, or assume that we are. CNN should really point out the fact that the tea party movement was Libertarian in the beginning. All of this started with Ron Paul supporters, Dick Armey would have been spit on four years ago at the start of those gatherings. Now with the opportunity to "spin" or lie as they should call it. Fox tries to portray a group with many different views as anti Obama. Discusting journalism, however, they don't seem to care, where is the penalty for just lying to the public daily? There should be penalties for it as bad of an effect it has on a lot of poorly informed Americans.

    September 18, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  12. B

    Fox just digs itself deeper into the hole, alongside the republican party.

    September 18, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. Derek - Philly

    There are so many people missing the point here. The issue is not editorial bias (we all know it exists). The issue is that Fox News straight up lied in an advertisement. Is lying a virtue you want in your "news" provider? And those of you ranting about ratings are idiots. A news network is not more legitimate just because more people are willing to watch/listen to it. It just means more people are willing to believe what they say.

    September 18, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  14. Jason

    well, they need their audience to blame something besides sense, for the fact that their little protest turned out to be entirely pointless.

    September 18, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  15. Clinton Voter

    The dems are on their way out. Just look at the ratings.
    I love how all the liberal news outlets are now jumping on FOX with the "OH MY GOD, WE HAVE THEM NOW!!!!" mentality. America is waking up now with the fear of becoming The People's Republic of Amerika. You all call it "tea-bagging", we call it Freedom of Speech, and now that it is not in your favor, you start complaining.

    Only a hit dog will holler.....just look at the piling on of Fox.

    September 18, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. Alex

    Wow! Rick Sanchez tore a strip off of Fox. It was almost Fox-worthy - seriously. Maybe CNN should spend more time tearing those guys apart.

    September 18, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  17. Michael in Colorado

    Just another example of how FOX lies and misleads the ignorant, uneducated and hateful right wingers who believe everything they say. FOX News has not credibility among anyone with an education and a brain.

    September 18, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  18. Bill Loyd

    The imbeciles at Fox incorrectly quoted a park service spokesperson as saying the rally drew one of the largest crowds in DC history. The actual quote was lifted from a statement made in January by the same official regarding the Obama inauguration. DC police estimated the tea party rally at no more than 70,000 which is truly underwhelming considering the number of people who are usually in the area around the Mall during the day. Leave it to Fox to blow it out of proportion and then chastise anyone else who didn't swallow their propaganda.

    September 18, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. Matt

    Nice move Fox!

    Firing up conservatives with muddled facts again.

    September 18, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  20. alex


    CNN worked hard to make news coverage at the tea party. It is not fair to treat them that way. I think CNN deserved to file a lawsuit against FOX NEWS...maybe a civil libel action. I'm telling you rick sanchez, FOX NEWS WILL NEVER APOLOGIZED.

    glen beck and bill o'reilly...they're demagogue, that's the reason why i don't listen/watch them anymore

    PS: I used to be a republican, now i'm an independent.

    September 18, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  21. FB

    It would be nice if all the networks slammed Fox so called news, for all their other lies and falsehoods. They aren't news at all. They are nothing but right wing propaganda. If the truth does'nt fit their program they'll just make something up, no matter how ridiculous it sounds.

    September 18, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  22. jaye

    Why bother responding to anything fox news says?
    They're the worst of the worst and I blocked out their channels on my tv.

    September 18, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  23. nic

    1. Saw the CNN story on this... something like "protesters without a leader"? It also got some coverage in the Time story about how Glenn Beck is evil.

    2. Not sure why it was such big news anyway. They did seem to be pretty disorganized and I couldn't tell what they were actually protesting from the various news stories about it. Would it really have been so bad if Fox news was the only organization that covered it? I sure could have done with fewer headlines about it and the crazy town-hall people. I get it. There's an uneducated poor segment of the population who watches Fox News, listens to Rush Limbaugh, and thinks Obama is trying to hurt them.

    September 18, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  24. Jeff Hudson

    Well I know for a fact it was on HLNs cycle of stories that morning.

    September 18, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  25. Alex

    CNN like ABC, CBS and especially NBC has a slobbering love affair with Obama so they sit on anti government stuff until the last possible moment like with the Acorn stuff. CNN did cover the rallies but they didn't cover the "story", they didn't cover origins of these particular rallies on 9/12 which was the 9/12 Project, the driving force behind it all. All that was said was lots of people here protesting this and that and that was pretty much it. CNN did miss the story, they just missed the story behind the story because they didn't want to acknowledge the key driving force behind the events of that day was a host on Fox News by the name of Glenn Beck. Unlike Fox News, Obama isn't afraid of CNN.

    September 18, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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