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. Dan

    Even if Fox News were truthful...let turn this around and ask FOX why they continually not show the President of The United States when he addresses the nation. All Networks covered Obama's rally on healthcare...not FOX. For those of you who just shrug this off as this just being Fox...this is a dangerous game. If Fox continues this type of game playing...they will be responsiable for violence in the streets. They are trying to create a race war for ratings. Its clear.Its obvious and its dangerous.

    September 18, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. dick delson

    They should include a theme song for all their s-called correspondents.
    Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity.

    How about "Send in the Clowns"

    September 18, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. Susan

    Fox is complaining to keep the "hate" churning!! They knew before taking out this advertisement what networks had reported. As to why these other networks spent such time on hate is beyond me!! Hateful signs of the president have NOTHING to do with health care. The professionally printed signs regarding Obamacare & Kennedy were disgraceful. I'm assuming those that chose to carry that sign could read! Imagine how they would feel if the situation was reveresed. The best part is the elderly who carried signs against the dreaded "socialized" health care!! Think those folks gave up their Medicare? Then the Billionaires arrived!! Although they are protesting for the same, the Billionaires are called un-American.

    When people protested the "made-up" war in Iraq that has taken 4000+ lives and gravely injured even more, Michele Malkin called them "nothing but people throwing temper tantrums"! Let's see, a war killing our citizens OR a president who'd like the citizens to have affordable quality health care. Why would this even need explanation??

    September 18, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. bri

    Brilliant. Using CNN's own picture to show CNN was there but didn't cover the story of American Patriots marching for liberty against the tyranny of government. Instead it was CNN's endless Joe Wilson "You Lied" story and Americans are racist story.

    September 18, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  5. i want my finger back

    none of the major networks covered accorn either. chuck gibson of abc was not even aware. the state run media is oblivious to the truth and will cover for democrats because they are biased towards them.

    i guess all of us crazy right wingers will continue to use fox as our main source it is the only source for news and the ratings reflect it.

    cnn you are a bunch of losers.

    September 18, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. Paul

    Who cares? These are just a bunch of crazies.

    September 18, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  7. foxglove

    Fox News...what a number 1 propaganda network..anyone that believes
    what they put out needs an IQ test.

    September 18, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. Cory H - DSM IA

    I am complete irritated with FOX-News. Here we are again, "We covered but no body else did." It's just a sign that Fox news is failing as a news coverage agency. They are just jealous. Eat em' up Rick Sanchez!

    September 18, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  9. Luke Brown

    The real question is why would anyone cover the Tea Party story. These people are idiots who hate America for electing Obama. Exactly ho wis that news?

    September 18, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  10. Rob

    Fox telling a fib on the news? NO WAY!!!!!! Wow, just when I thought Fox News could not go any lower, I was proved wrong once again. I take anything I hear from Fox News and compare it to the REAL news like CNN or AP to get the real story. Their news is so slanted, I have to rotate my T.V. just to get the picture upright.

    September 18, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  11. karl j.dragowski

    to me, the fox news network is our axis of evil;add in rush limbaugh along with glen beck,sean hanitty,dick morris and to some extent bill oreily and what you have are people who are su upset that we have a black president that no matter what he says or does they make it all bad and they purposely try to get the people riled up against him;they are inciting people to be violent , all it takes is for one person who already is slightly unbalanced to take seriously one of their comments and try to assinate the president;ive never in all my life heard such negatiivity against the i am hearing now;i seriously think the attorney general should investigate these people and see if their comments could be taken as treason against the u.s.

    September 18, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  12. bluebird

    CNN is concerned because Fox just keeps getting better ratings (as is every other cable news station). So concerned, that CNN has been conducting viewer surveys, lasting, 20-30 minutes which require answering very detailed questions on why people are watch Fox especially Bill and Greta. CNN is OK though. But, when O'Reilly and Greta are on, I'm there.

    September 18, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  13. Tony

    I read thru all the headlines 5 of 7 days a week, but listen to (fairly) moderate talk radio, which in these "left-leaning
    times is probably considered conservative.

    Where the moderate talk radio covered this for a straight week buffering the months of Tea Talk aready logged...

    CNN did not as far as I remember put this story up front in their list of top stories.

    To those people who think FOX is way-right-leaning...that is simply a lie. FOX is consistently rated bias-neutral by university and non-affiliated media studies...

    I can't say that cnn is obsessed with race...(how easy it is to pin anything controversial on race).

    I can say CNN is a good lite-news source. And their CNNMoney is a helpful tool.

    But the reaity is that CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC are ALL more left-leaning and left-biased. In down economies, the left-leaning media pushes fabulous news and schlock-journalism to get ratings up to sell ads, which is a liberal spend-spend business strategy.

    A Conservative business strategy would be to focus on the basics, cut out waste and get back to core do what works...I think FOX has a very powerful and well-balanced formula...different but hearty.

    It's your choice, what you pay attention you want Michael Jackson 24/7 or do you want Iran Election Coverage. I will let you decide whether it is the left or "way-right" media that covers each.

    September 18, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  14. willie

    Why don't FNC (Fox News Channel) change their name to RNC (Republican News Channel)? Why don't MSNBC change their name to the DNC (Democrat News Channel)? CNN you're somewhere in the middle although a bit liberal at times. What happened to the news coverage I seen as a young man, before cable news started? You could listen to ABC,NBC or CBS evening news and never knew what political party the News Anchor were. This was really when they reported the news and you(the viewer) decided on the merits of the story. Americans are getting fed up with the Republicans and the Democrats and News Channel wars. There is a longing for real no-bias journalism and not the degraded slop we have to deal with. I hope you post my comment, viewers should see this.

    September 18, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  15. GetOverIt

    You seem surprised that Fox News is lying to you. I can't imagine why this should surprise you. I assume they're lying all the time, and most of the time, I'm right.

    September 18, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. Lilarose

    apparently Fox News has no control over their own ads.

    How stupid do you have to be to suggest that those other media didn't cover a particular story?

    A fifth grader could locate some of the written and taped stories that Fox says didn't take place.

    September 18, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  17. Reggie

    Kudos to FOX News for standing up for our rights. Shame on the other media networks. They are afraid of asking the Obama admin even the simpliest of questions.

    September 18, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  18. i want my finger back

    when your number one the second rates always go after you. i love fox news.

    September 18, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  19. Mary

    Where is the long running story on fox news about the man of the claw saying he want Obama to die? where is the news about the Interior dept under bush having sex for oil contracts. The news need to be balance but you can not have balance news when the news media hates Obama and lie on or about everything he does. everyone knows what they mean when they say our country. it once belonged to the indians. If they (fox news) would have been such Americans why did bush get away with lies and everything he and his cronies wanted without a word from bill, hannity, beck or the drug addict rush.

    September 18, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  20. James

    I didn't watch the tea parties cause frankly I don't care what these people think about the government.....or for a matter of fact anything.

    Oh if you dress up like a revolutionary war soldier you just look like an idiot,

    September 18, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  21. van

    Come on guys, don't fall into the trap. Remember the adage that any coverage, is good coverage? You given tea parties another couple of days of news coverage by re-covering, that which you've already covered all in the name of righteous indignation. Who cares what Fox is saying? Do you actually believe that an ad like that would actually convince anyone? Don't be the fools. That ad got all your dander up and you should have simply ignored it for what it was, a news trap.

    September 18, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. GS

    LOL!! Look who is complaining – Fix News – the self proclaimed "fair and balanced" network that would not cover President Obama's address to the nation.

    Under Bush, Fix News was all about patriotism even if executive branch kept on bending/breaking laws of the land. Now, the country go to hell because for Fix News there is only one objective – bring Obama down.

    September 18, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  23. Jamie

    If a tree falls in the woods, and no one is there to hear it does it make a sound? If CNN covers a story, and no one watches CNN, was the story covered?

    September 18, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    you mean your a proud member of the socialist party!

    September 18, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  25. Paul

    I find it funny on how all news organizations say they are the most watched or the most accurate. I'm sure NBC, ABC, CBS and even CNN has at some point made claims like this from Fox News. They are all guilty of bias in some way or other.

    September 18, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
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