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. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Faux News lied?!?!?!?!


    September 18, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. victim of republican greed

    Fox entertainment is the poorest excuse for a source of news. Truth is not a part of their broadcast, as it does not boost viewers. The hate that they encourage makes is despicable. They pushed their tea party for months and only 65,000 showed up. Oprah had over 20,000 show up for her first show overnight, and 2 million attended Obama's Inauguration. The bulk of their viewing audience is made of Glenn's Beckerheads and Sean's Insanities.

    September 18, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. Saul Virginia

    Lately, Fox news Have been vigorously trying to control the agenda and coverage of all TV networks. I believe that the head s of the various networks including CNN and journalists are smart enough not to buy into Fox news right wing propagander.

    Please do not buy into their none-sense. We rely on you to give us a balance news. You are doing a fine job staying away from the partisan crap and i highly commend you for that.
    Fox on the other hand has turn into a right wing hate media outlet and has evolved to be one of the worst media outlets in my lifetime.
    But i understand there desparation to say anything and do anything for ratings and wealth; god will deal will them accordingly for the harm they do to America daily.
    DO NOT LET THEM CONTROL THE AGENDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 18, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Noreen

    When 200,000 people marched in protest of Bush's war, the networks ignored it but when the networks cover 50,000 angry right wingnuts, they complain they didn't get enough coverage. What cry babies, and dishonest ones at that. When will the networks wake up and realize they're being outsmarted and manipulated by the dumbest people on the planet? By people who believe that humans walked with dinosuars?

    September 18, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. victim of republican greed

    Truth has never been important to Fox entertainment.

    September 18, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. chelseafran

    Doesn't matter–their viewers are already repeating and spreading that ad like it's the gospel truth. Which is exactly what their masters at Fox wanted them to do.

    September 18, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. MsDp

    Now, I know no one is surprise that Fox News DID NOT tell the TRUTH!!!-Every one know's that this News Media does nothing but LIE about everything. That's just the way they roll....

    September 18, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. drnen

    wait... Fox news is spreading lies?

    September 18, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. Red by choice

    I watched some of CNN's coverage. It was scant and it was demeaning to the protesters, labeling them racists and rightwing nuts. So CNN may have had people there but they certainly did not cover the even in a meaningful way.

    This is real, folks. It is not about race, it is about ideology and policy. It is about democracy against socialism. It is mainstream from the heart of the country. The flyover state people are sick and tired of sending our tax dollars and resources to the bankrupt liberal costal states.

    Is it any coincidence that the 5 most liberal/Democratic, most unionized states have the worst unemployment right now? (Answer: not really)

    September 18, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. One Nation

    This is how FOX and all of their republiklan work they spread lies!
    It is sad to say that some people are just stupid enough to believe it even if the truth says different.

    September 18, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |

    I watch CNN and MSNBC extensively, and, believe me, it was covered

    Well, scatterbreained, idiots, at FOX are wrong again and their "TEA
    PARTY" and parties are disgusting! The worst of the worst.

    Even, decent middle class white americans are disgusted with
    the outrageousness of the Tea Parties. They are UNAMERICAN.

    And, Glenn Beck should move out of our country along with
    Sean Hannity, and BILLO. and CNN's Lou Dobbs is "becoming
    one of them". What a blowhard!!!!!!

    September 18, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. kd

    Perhaps Fox's ad should have stated, 'why didn't the other news organizations cover this story the way we want them to?'

    September 18, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. m jeff

    Wouldn't put nothing past the Fox nutwing news.

    September 18, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Gus The Willie

    Fox has been lagging in up to the minute news service, and not too surprise to see them stoop this low for a piece of the action. All the hype on Glen Beck might also be the same too.

    September 18, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Andrew, Brier WA

    Fox New is to news what Professional Wrestling is to wrestling.

    September 18, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Joe

    What else is new, Fox will always be Fox. They only appeal to the extremes. Somebody should tell them that there is a difference between reporting the news and trying to influence the news as they always do.By the way CNN, its time lou Dobbs moves over to Fox, he is not good for your reputation.

    September 18, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. Ken in NC

    CNN it should be very easy for your network to understand how this accucation came to pass. You have only to look at the source of the claim. This is not news. It's what is called "THE FOX NORM".

    September 18, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. New Age Democrat

    I dont recall any coverage from CNN either. Must be like the news about ACORN. Fox had been running with the story for a week before CNN picked up anything at all. Even then, the article tried to ease the slam on ACORN.

    September 18, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. Mike

    Well most of what Fox News says is pure rant and fiction. Why should this be any different?

    September 18, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. JW

    Fox News, or as they are better known......
    RBC, Republican Broadcast system.
    What a joke......

    September 18, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. matt

    I think the real question should be, "Why did the major networks cover the tea party protests?"

    I don't remember too many anti-war protests being given major coverage. And the little coverage they do get is usually skewed towards some outbreak of violence or some other small incident. Many times the major networks devote perhaps 1 minute blips to major anti-war protests.

    So much for the much overstated "liberal bias".

    September 18, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. Adam

    And why none of these crew people was covering the demonstrations against the war during the Bush administration

    September 18, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. Independent in Missouri

    Fair and balanced, that's a hoot, even here in Missouri!

    False = Lies, here in the Show Me State.

    If you want to talk lies, let's talk numbers at the rally... why was it necessary to show fake photos to pump up the attendance (claims of 1.5M) by using images from a Promise Keepers rally ten years before?(LOL, buildings that should have been in the photos just weren't there! ) Not only lies, but really bad fake evidence... maybe yo should hire the guys that faked the moon landing or something... I'm just saying...

    September 18, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. Jason

    I guess because the other networks did not provide 24-hour coverage of the Tea Party, Fox has just a little bit of hurt feelings, I feel bad for them, in an alternate dimension.

    September 18, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. Obama worst president EVER

    Boo hoo, CNN. Get some ratings for a change.

    September 18, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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