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)

    Those networks REPORT news. Faux News PROMOTES "news."

    September 18, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. Think for yourself

    Fox news is the worst thing that has ever happened to this country.
    It is sad to see so many people actually buy the Fox news lies and hate talk. What an ignorant country America has become.

    September 18, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  3. clarence

    About time. I will resume reading CNN again.

    September 18, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  4. lynn

    Fox News tells LIES. They do NOT tell it like it is at all. They need to be taken off the air since all they promote is division and hatred in this country which is the last thing we need. Can they be sued for all the lies they tell? Maybe if they are hit in the pocket book the lies will stop and they will report real news and not BS.

    September 18, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. Tony

    Where is the NEWS in FOX? FOX := GOP * EXTREME;

    September 18, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. Debi

    Sounds like Fox news planned the entire event. Just proves how biased they are.

    September 18, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. John E Lexington KY

    Fox News was responsible for providing the cover that allowed Jeb Bush to steal Florida for his brother. They make the defunct Russian propaganda paper Pravda look saintly. That photo of the crowd looks suspicious too. It should be illegal to lie constantly and call it news.

    September 18, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. Ron

    I wonder if Fox News will cover this news story of how they got it wrong?

    September 18, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. Ericka

    Why am I not surprised Faux News is continuning it tradition of reporting out and out lies.

    September 18, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  10. Jabba Wookie

    So Fox News lied. Is that news? Ever since all other networks capitulated to Fox News version that Bush won against Gore, they believed that they can do anything. What a different world this would be had they not. There is a lesson here somewhere.

    September 18, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. Mike, FL

    FOX news accusing other medias of being one sided ??? This is the same FOX news who use to fabricate and mislead about Clinton and now Obama adminstration!

    September 18, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. Leah Texas

    All the stations, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, etc. COVERED the event/story on the day it happened like they should have.

    But FoxNews PROMOTED the event and they should NOT have.

    September 18, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. Clinton

    JERRY VILLINES September 18th, 2009 5:01 pm ET

    "Fair and accurate" reporting. NOT. It just proves a point that if you say something over and over again the uneducated and far right will believe it. Keep up the good work CNN.

    This is funny Jerry, hehehe Hope and Change...Yes we CAN!!!

    hehehe...keep up the good work Obama

    September 18, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  14. Mike in Miami

    Poor, poor Fox news and all it's truly intelligent listeners. They are no longer the power brokers when Bush was our president and stacked news conferences and planted reporters to spin the admins "Agenda". Now all these losers are just trying to spilt this country donw the middle and flat out lie about anybody other than "FOX" being a true "fair and balanced" news organization. They now have crossed the line and the rest of the media is going to tear their house down. Won't be long before we see major sponsors pulling their plugs on Fox News like they have done with Mr. Beck. Sorry to say it, but we are seeing the beginning of the end to Fox News as it is today. I won't shed a tear.........

    September 18, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  15. Sick of Fox "News"

    I AM SICK OF FOX NEWS! Bill O'Reilly made a similar claim awhile back about another story that CNN supposedly "didn't cover enough", which was disproven. O'Reilly later retracted.

    Ever hear O'Reilly spew statistics about how Fox News blows every other news agency out of the water.

    Plain and simple liars trying to manipulated ignorant people.

    September 18, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  16. Frances Dreger

    It is really strange. On the day of the march coverage was minimal at least from what I saw. I had to go to Fox to see what was happening. I am beginning to think that CNN is very one sided on how they present the news. We try to be fair minded by going to the other news channels to find our own fair and balanced news and one has to go to Fox to get the whole story. It is beginning to worry me.

    September 18, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  17. Andy

    Nuance. Fox didn't say the MSM never reported the story. They said the MSM missed the story. 200,000 people show up and the MSM gives it 30 seconds. Cindy Sheehan shows up and kisses Chavez and it gets 5 days of non-stop coverage about how courageous she is.

    September 18, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  18. SNAPPA

    Why is anyone surprised? This is what Fox news does, LIES!!!. I was a fox news watcher for a while until I started hearing things I knew to be lies and half truths and the tone of hate and rhetoric against certain people I could no longer bring myself to even tune back to fox ever again. When ever I see a TV in work with it on I change the channel regardless of whos watching and believe me they really don't mind.

    Come to find out most, if not all Fox news watchers are incapable of thinking for themselves and require someone or some thing to think for them. Talk about blatant bias in the news.

    September 18, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  19. Dave

    Wow, so Inbred Jed and, like, four of his tea-bagging friends had 'theirselves' a redneck hootenanny last weekend? Umm, is that news to ANYBODY? Too bad it was news to CNN. (But then again, CNN thinks John and Kate are news, whoever they are.) It sure would have been nice if CNN had grown a pair and ignored it. Let Fox be the boosters of ignorance, racism, and religious zealotry.

    September 18, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  20. Dan

    Too many of you Fox viewers are missing the point. This is an instance where Fox blatantly lied to give comfort to their viewers. If you really care about anything other than being told what you want to hear, you should be asking yourselves what else they've lied to you about.

    September 18, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  21. Kris

    All of you are playing into Fox's hands. They want all channels to talk more and more about the protests. Nothings else. They are just a bunch of jokers!

    September 18, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  22. Michael Bindner

    Yes, but CNN, et al, covered the event honestly, without fawning over the speakers. Fox News and their viewers don't consider that fair and balanced news coverage.

    September 18, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  23. Brandon

    Everytime I go somewhere where Fox is on I almost throw up. There channel should be banned from the air. I dont know about anyone else but im looking for news not opinions...

    September 18, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  24. Don

    What did you expect from Fox? Fox never let the lack of facts stop it from reporting a juicy story. Fox is the National Enquirer of television news. What is sad is some people actually believe the stuff Fox puts out. Fox should admit it is a right wing propaganda organization and not a news outlet.

    September 18, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  25. brie

    ill have to say ...
    fox news does support and promote those tea parties
    every time i flick pass fox news its always something against President Obama or the democrats
    and or rallying with those protesting in washington.

    as a person who lives in new zealand
    fox news are so not!!! fair and balanced

    well done CNN!

    September 18, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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