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. diamonddave

    CNN is in the bag for Obama......All Obama , all of the time........Anything that shows his true colors-far left – of reality ,is played down.............Tea parties were covered to try to make them look like wacos......The coverage of Acorn was way behind Fox's, hoping it would go away!!!...........Fox coverage will include an opinion of both sides of an issue.......CNN only has liberals trying to make it seen like the left has the only valid points to make......Thats why fox news beats CNN 5 to 1 in viewers!

    September 18, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  2. Cheryl from MN

    Doesn't surprise me in the least! It backs the Republican Party, and they are all liars and racist!

    September 18, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  3. Jeff Barstow

    Fox News was wrong with their false advertising and the federal trade commission should step in and fine them; just like they would any other business that falsely advertised. Shame on Fox news they should know better!

    Some people feel that the world is going to end when Obama became President; however the world did not end with the Bush administration nor will it end with the Obama administration.

    We need diversity in our government we'd have all kinds of problems if we only had one party and the Republicans make it appear that they are the only ones that are correct with their policy, they are so wrong!

    September 18, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  4. The Teester

    FOX is a joke. It is almost like watching cartoons but sadder.

    September 18, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  5. Indiana Jim

    Fox news has been repeatedly criticized for it's unfair reporting on the Obama administration. Apparently they made a bigger deal out of this event than the other networks. This event was largely driven and attended by people who like to proclaim "Obama is a Nazi", "the health care proposals include death panels and free care for illegal immigrants" and all of the other propaganda perpetuated by windbags like Limbaugh and Beck. If a network can't report news even-handedly, it's not news. I'll continue to rely on CNN, CBS, NBC and ABC to provide fair and even coverage of issues. Freedom of the Press is, and should be, a constitutional right. People need to realize that this is what allows the National Enquirer, and Fox news to stay in business.

    September 18, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  6. some gurl

    Fux news channel is hilarious....and its NOT a news channel.
    ANYONE who has ever spent an hour watching it, knows that.
    Keep up the good work, Cnn

    September 18, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  7. Jack M. Lowe

    So the lying news network of the lying regressive party purchased lying ads. Ho, hum...

    September 18, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  8. Mike in Texas

    Fox is devoid of facts. Their were 2 million people at the rally according to the University of I don't know. Just like when the original rallies in April. The Fox guy off camera asks the guy in charge how many people? He is giving the guy numbers....1 thousand? 2? 5? The guy says 5 at the most. So less than 10 minutes later the Fox guy comes on and says 15,000 people are there.....seems like a pattern. They don't care about the truth and either do there viewers. If they told their viewers the President is going to round up all puppies and kittens and kill them and make the little kids watch they would believe it. FOX has good sports but that's about it.

    September 18, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  9. The Teester

    Rick Sanchez has rocks man, way to go Rick for calling out the baby-bullies at Fox.

    September 18, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  10. ted

    I did not see any interviews on CNN, CBS, or MSNBC, that showed why people were upset with president spending our grand childrens money

    September 18, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  11. Patsy Hodges

    Now you know how it feels to be lied about. These people have
    no class, scruples, intelligence, self-respect---- the list
    goes on and on. I just can't say how disgusting they are in a
    few words, or printable words for that matter. These people, and
    those who believe them, are why I pray every day: God Help Us!

    September 18, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  12. I am Newt's ex wife you really think Fox cares or looks at what other networks do....NO!!!....they are always "US against them" scheme.

    Fox is the single biggest reason why there is so much rancor and divisiveness in our country. You have Sean Insanity knocking Obama at every single newscast and the truth never comes into play.

    September 18, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  13. Sandy in Ohio

    Why don't you blast Jon Stewart as well for what he said about major media being non-existent? This is America and there is freedom of speech for all people and all views. I watch CNN, MSNBC, Fox, and other news outlets to make my own informed decision. There is always some bias in reporting, and many different perspectives. You can't can't have input from only one source and have some sense of truth. Seems to me that tolerance is only for those who ascribe to your views.

    September 18, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  14. some gurl

    The days of true "journalism" are gone, gone, gone. Used to be able to watch the news and just hear the facts. Now , Fox , is just a buncha knuckle heads opinions. They are so racist, biast, angry and ignorant. Only reason to watch for amusement.

    Edward R. Murrow is rolling over in his grave.

    September 18, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  15. Grace

    How does Fox News possibly pass as a news organization when they have blatantly acted as a front for the last administrations news leaks and talking points. They have really taken advantage of the "dumbing down of America" as their appeal is directed to that market but as a bonafide news organization they fall hopelessly short.

    September 18, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  16. claudia

    Thank you RIck for speaking up. Unfortunately, it's falling on deaf ears at FOX. They don't care about truth and honesty and integrity. Their only concern is to be deceptive, spreading fear and hatred.

    FOX News is a bully station. The bullies on the right know how to push the buttons of the left, keeping the left either on the defensive, or causes them to waste energy pointing out the lies coming from the right.

    Bullies feel powerful through attention. Attention can be taken away.

    September 18, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  17. Susan

    Isn't is ironic that Beck (and Fox) started this whole mess and didn't even bother to ATTEND the thing; kind of like Palin's self-adulation crew committing her (don't I wish) to an important GOP event and then she suddenly has no knowledge (yeah, we get that) of ever having been invited. In other words, if you don't offer her enough money, she can't afford her speechwriter.
    I DID see coverage on all the networks throughout the day, and read comments from honest people who were there and admitted that it really was not a million people. And since the groups who came had to PAY to attend, it's no wonder...they paid Beck's operation for the right to get some TV time. I'm still shaking over the angry, mean, dangerous signs I saw. These people are planning to hurt someone.

    September 18, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  18. about time

    Finally- Fox News made a major misstep in printing a blatant untruth about other news networks, and the polite refusal of other networks to take them on will come to an end. I had CNN on all day, and they had live coverage of the DC events starting at around 1pm. Liberal or conservative has nothing to do with it- it's an outright lie, and one they can get pinned for. There is absolutely something called freedom of the press- and I respect journalism that does not necessarily reflect my political views, as with the Wall Street Journal, which is a real news source that has journalistic integrity. Fox is a whole other animal unto itself- a profit-driven, corporate owned media giant. Afraid of "the government"? You should be afraid of Fox.

    September 18, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. Eric

    Here's the thing: All news has a political lean one way or the other. CNN does have a slightly more liberal lean. Fox is a bit more to the right. CBS is a little bit more center. Same for ABC. NBC/MSNBC slightly more to the left. It's just a fact of life. Some channels break news before others. It's life. Move on or get over it. Doesn't matter to me.

    September 18, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. GodHatesBlacks

    Remeber if you disagree with Obama you're a racist. But if you disagree with a 100% whitey (instead of 50% like our inexperienced, freshman Senator who can only speak with a telepromter in front of him...the same guy that's trying to hand this country over to the uneducated, ghetto trash, trailer park filth) it's OK. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

    Come on CNN it's time for another article talking about racists...the poor old blacks being held back by whitey. CNN seems to be good at that, everyday an article about regular as my morning sh!t. Because everyone knows only a white man can be racist. Again...GOD BLESS AMERICA.

    September 18, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  21. Molly dog's owner

    For any of those promoting FOX news RATINGS, you might want to check their ad RATES against CNN et al. For some reason, their viewers are apparently not regarded as people who could, or would, spend money...wonder why??? (Possibly too much "trailer-trash"?)

    September 18, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  22. devon

    everything on FOX is a lie

    September 18, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  23. Jackie, Sarasota County Florida

    Unbelievable!!! The republicans are just sick liars & greedy pigs. I have NO respect for them at all. Republicans are NOT Americans.

    September 18, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  24. vette gal

    Doesn't surprise me since Fox is all about entertainment and doing anything to pump up their ratings. Just as Limbaugh is in it for the money and should not be taken seriously, so is Fox News. I'm even to the point of not watching the regular Fox channel since it's so closely associated with Fox News.

    Keep up the good work CNN. Sometimes you lean a little far left for me, but at least your anchors don't outright lie.

    September 18, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  25. Brian

    You can bet that if 100,000 people marched to support Obama or protest something the republicans did, CNN would be all over it. ACORN? How about the NRA? If undercover reporters made videos of NRA employees telling people how to buy guns illegally, encourage arms smuggling or how to cheat on taxes, CNN would be all over it.

    September 18, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
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