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
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  1. Brian in St Paul

    For the past two weeks I've gotten all of my news from CNN on TV and online. I know a LOT about the rally and have seen a lot of it. I didn't get any of my information from Fox News.

    Way to go Fox – great publicity stunt. It even got me talking about you.

    September 18, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. Norma

    Yes what else is new. I like to see how far Fox will go before level headed people begin to see how nuts these reports and the anchors that deliver them are.

    September 18, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  3. Paola

    Let me just say that Fox was hired by the Republican Party in the Bush adminstration to be the propaganda agent for the party. Now, they feel they can spread their propoganda to everyone BUT, they forgot that the majority of Americans have a brain with which we can think.

    Let me be clear...Fox is the propoganda agent for a very radical, communistic movement in this country by a radical group who calls themselves conservative Republicans. Olympia Snowe has said in the past day that she has not changed, but the Republican party has changed. Snowe is a conservative Republican from Maine. Anyway, this movement is set on trying to overthrow our government! That's pretty scary because when you analyze their comments and really get to the bottom of the details on "death panels", they are really in favor of it. So all you folks with bad health or now in the future, be prepared to face the "death panels" if these radicals get their way.

    Best way to fight, publicly shun Fox, and seek to have them taken off the air for spreading propoganda. Have a national march on the US Capitol in protest of Fox. That'll get the attention of the idiots causing the trouble in this country I love. And, also shun people like Rush Limbaugh...the guy's either on drugs or he really is that STUPID!

    September 18, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  4. LacrosseMom

    I was listening to Rick Sanchez on CNN (Sirius/XM) when he reamed FAUX NEWS for their LIES! GOOD FOR YOU RICK!

    That's what we all must do, when the Far-right LIES....... CALL THEM OUT!

    Faux News used to get "talking points" from the Bush Regime, what else can we expect?

    Also, the Far-right INFLATED their numbers at the Tea-Baggers protest! The National Park police said it was in the thousands ..... NOT..... millions!

    GOP= LIES, hate,fear & division!

    September 18, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. Justme

    I work from home and have the news on all day long as background noise.. I often flip between Fox and CNN as well as check the websites... CNN – you might have "technically" covered it – but barely.. nothing compared to the coverage you gave to a few hundred gay rights activities that rallied on the steps of a courtyard in California several months ago. And nothing close to what was justified considering the number of people that showed. You considered it a joke and your complete bias is obvious – and you know it.

    September 18, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. Dan

    Fox is still promoting this event...and that is not what Fox News should be about.

    September 18, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. Evan

    Everyone seems to be missing the point. It is not about which network is more unbiased, or who has political leanings. FOX messed up. They claim that everyone one else missed the story. This is not true. FOX is not a bad network for being slanted to the right, they are a bad network for running what is essentially a smear campaign.

    September 18, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  8. john

    I like how all of you CNN kiss ups are coming to the networks defense. I guess it is ok for CNN to report one sided news, but Fox is evil if they do it. I can pull more Left leaning articles off of CNN than you can count. For a company that claims to be about news I see tons of slanted journalism. You want sympathy try real journalism for a change. Report fairly and accurately, and you will never have to worry about defending yourself. Fox promotes sensationalism, but CNN promotes joke journalism.

    September 18, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  9. lucy from pa

    will everyone please stop pandering to these right wing clowns, who are apparently trying to incite violence, and may even wish for an assault on the duly elected President of the United States? They got exactly what they wanted, more press. This is like small children throwing tantrums – the more attention they get, the more tantrums they throw. Who cares? IGNORE THEM!

    September 18, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. miles1967

    Nothing new. Just more blatant lies and distortions from FoxNews. Some people are smart enough to see through this and use facts, data and reason.

    September 18, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. Aspen Professor

    FOX ... the Fair and Balanced Lies Station? The instigator, hypocrisy central, full of krappola, et al.

    September 18, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. Brooklyn68

    They use all their senses... FAUX News lives and breathes President Obama. I have come to realize that if it weren't for this administration they would all be out of work... because there would be nothing to talk about.. They spend every waking hour trying to find something FAUX to to report!!!! .... and now they are taking on other news channels to create unnecessary debate... how typical...

    Fair and Balanced.? try crooked and drunk

    September 18, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. Moe

    How can people be so blind? The only thing I can think of is that they get all their news from the Communist News Network (CNN). Expand your horizon and watch all the news like most conservatives do, that 's how we know how complicit the main stream media is. We will keep plugging along promoting common sense free enterprise capitalism and in the end it will win out over the massive socialistic takeover of our country.

    September 18, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  14. Jeff

    Fox News YOU LIE!

    September 18, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  15. Brian in St Paul

    I'm a liberal. It feels to me that CNN currently leans liberal. But I sense that it's more middle than left.

    But during the build-up to the Iraq war ALL news media outlets (including CNN) were worshiping the path to war and presenting only one side – that we must go to war if we are patriotic. That was most infuriating to people like me, who knew all along that war in Iraq was a HUGE mistake and completely unjust. I'll never forgive the media and all the American people who supported the war and of course the Bush administration for leading us down that path. It seems to me that CNN will just lean the way that makes sense to them during any particular time period.

    September 18, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  16. loops

    The real question is "How is CNN and the rest of the news covering the Acorn controversey?" It is inexcusable that this organization is receiving tax payer dollars. A full and thorough investigation is needed by the "media" and the government.

    September 18, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  17. Ryan

    CNN Please keep doing what you're doing!! Those nutjobs at Fox keep getting worse and worse. I read CNN, Fox, MSNBC, The Hill, and HuffPo every day, several times a day and CNN's articles are consistently the most balanced and the most informative.

    Please don't go the way of the pundit! Keep the news straight! We need somebody to stick around who still believes in real journalism.

    September 18, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  18. vic bullard

    Seriously, anything from Fox (FALSE) News is a lie or an exaggerated lie made to skew public opinion toward the rich GOP. It is great that someone called them on this lie. Now, everyone should do the same. And while you are at it..boycott all Glen Beck Sponsors as his show is absolutely crazy and full of conspiracy stories and exaggerated lies that are absolutely crazy!!l But some nut with a gun might believe his crap and kill someone. Who would be at fault for encouraging some nutcase to kill someone.

    September 18, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  19. RB

    FoxNews.......the most racist media today...anyone that disputes that is either not listening or working for for the biggest racist on earth...Murdock & Company!!!!!

    September 18, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  20. Kerry, CA

    Another lie from Fox News... I love Rick Sanchez's commentary!

    September 18, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. Gary

    I recently started watching Fox (I switched over from CNN) and
    Fox seem to be the only News Network that is actually keeping an eye on the White House and Congress. A lot of people are switching to Fox because of this. CNN is my home page and I saw very little if any coverage on the Tea Party or Acorn on CNN or any other news network. There is a reason Fox is #1 in the ratings and their ratings continrue to grow each month. CNN & MSNBC are not even in the same galaxy as Fox when it comes to the ratings wars. Call it what you want but people like what they see on Fox and they continue to come back whereas the other news networks are losing ground to Fox daily!!

    September 18, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  22. Lynne

    CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC and NBC gave that silly demonstration all of the coverage that was warranted. Why would they spend all their time covering 60,000 idiots that went to DC to complain about government spending, only to complain about the lack of additional services on the METRO...PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.... LMAO

    September 18, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  23. Winkzilla, Tucson

    FOX news.
    Fear on xenophobia.

    September 18, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  24. Jay Baum

    The networks may have covered the rally but as usual they have downplayed and under emphasized it to suit their leftist agenda. They are currently trying their best to ignore Acorn many transgressions. A Republican Governor has an affair and it is the lead story. The President of our country has close ties to a obviously corrupt organization and it hardly makes a blip in the network coverage. Stop pretending that the media is anything more than the the advertising division for the current administration. Please people in media honor the great legacy of your profession and start doing your jobs as independent seekers of truth. You are a disgrace to your profession every time you spin and under report the facts.

    September 18, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  25. Ann L.

    It's rather difficult to accurately report the news when you have your head (Fox news) buried in the sand.

    I guess this also proves that if you work for Fox it's perfectly acceptable to lie if telling the truth doesn't bring in those high ratings.

    September 18, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
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