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. jack,S.Carolina

    My kids where standing next to a CNN truck and now they changed their view of \who the liar is. I tried telling them that fox news isnt faux news,but fox just blew that.

    September 18, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  2. Peggy

    People who watch Fox New STILL believe Saddam Hussein and Al Quaeda attacked America on 9/11. They are the ONLY idiots who believe that. It has been disproven over and over again by legitimate news sources. I heard Mr. Sanzhez's comments today and I agree totally with him. Fox is just plain slimy. Let's face it, anybody who calls themselves "fair and balanced" is probably not. If you were, you wouldn't have to say it all the time.

    September 18, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  3. John

    I visit CNN's site every day. I saw about one story regarding the Tea party rally. I mean seriously, there is a difference between covering it and truly reporting on the story it actually is. I know reporting on Kanye West and Jim Carter's racist remarks is MUCH more important.

    September 18, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  4. Gina

    Fox news will do whatever is necessary to have people watch their right leaning news. So they prey on the ignorant to make them believe there is some kind of conspiracy with other news channels and that these OTHER news channels don't report the news as it really is. Therefore the ignorant believe. Sound familiar? The Bush administration has transfered all offices to Fox News.

    September 18, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  5. nathan in GA

    What else is new, faux news has been making stuff up for years.

    September 18, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  6. FrankB

    FOX News – what a joke to call them a news channel. Dick Cheney demanded that the station was on in every room wherever he stayed. It never is "fair and balanced". It is the most biased channel on TV. Perhaps they should have Limbaugh as one of their commentators. Both have the same type of right wing drivel. And the problem is, although I watch them sometimes and decide whether they are telling the truth, and then watch others like CNN, too many right wing radicals only watch them and take their commentaries and pseudo-news as gospel. Boy, has this country gone downhill in TV media truthfulness in the last 20-30 years! There is no more middle or moderate ground...

    September 18, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  7. Think for yourself

    People watch fox news for the same reason they read the National Enquirer. Fox entertains stupid people by telling lies just like the National Enqurier does. Fools eat it up (and we have a lot of fools in this country which explains the ratings).

    September 18, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  8. joy

    Fox News: "You LIE!!!"

    September 18, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  9. R

    Why would you expect Faux News to start being careful, critical and forthright now? If they would only remove "news" from the name it wouldn't be nearly so hypocritical.

    September 18, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  10. Terry from West Texas

    Fox News lied?
    I'll have to go take a valium. I can't believe it. The world must be ending. Has Pat Robertson been notified? What does Rush say? Newt will be devastated. A lie on a Conservative network.

    September 18, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  11. Richmond

    You want to know why Fox ratings are so high? Simple. People hate news, but love to be entertained. Fox should honestly be treated no more than a side show parading as a news outlet. Journalism? You have Glenn Beck who admitted he is not a journalist, but a commentator. You have Bill O'reilly who is a commentator at the best of times. You have new stories such as the "terriorist fist pound" (come on you nuts on the right have to shake your head at that one) or my favorite the Mass Effect sex debacle where the "reported" accused a video game of being pornographic without even seeing it. I have no problem with Fox "news" being a right wing advocate. My problem, as well as the rest of free thinking America, is when you call them actual New or say their "Fair and Balanced" (you guys even admitted their right leaning).

    September 18, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  12. Almontgo

    Wow.....go Rick Sanchez!

    The only thing good that comes out of the fox networks is american idol.

    September 18, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  13. BunnyNC

    I watch all three cable news networks. It's clear which way each leans. I think of three, CNN (although there's a bit of a liberal slant) is closest to neutral.

    I listen to what's said on these channels and then research the issues to learn more. Because networks are not completely neutral anymore, we have to take responsibility ourselves for digging deeper to learn the truth.

    I can't stand Beck or Olbermann. They're both obnoxious. But they also both raise legitimate points at times. We just have to take it all with a grain of salt and take the extra time to learn the real truth if we're interested in an issue.

    It used to be that I trusted CNN completely to give unbiased, fair reports...but these days, I don't trust any network to give us the straight dope. If I'm interested in something, I'll read all the articles I can find about the subject and form my own opinion.

    I think it's good to watch all three cable news outlets and then dig deeper. The truth is usually somewhere in the middle of what's reported. I still believe CNN is the least biased of all three, but I don't know of any totally neutral news reporting service anymore. Any suggestions?

    September 18, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  14. RONNIE

    Red by choice-Clearly your used to watching Fox news because you expect lies and hate which is the only thing Fox shows.Thank God Fox has such a small audience(of nuts!)

    September 18, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. John

    Would you expect any different from the righty network?

    September 18, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  16. Carmen

    Fox manages to keep this stupid story in the news, even while lying. Anyway, this whole 9/12 stuff is so stupid. What does it even mean? What's their point? General unhappiness? You raised my taxes, even though you didn't? You're spending money on things that will help us, so we protest?

    When did people get stupid?

    September 18, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  17. Chuck in Jasper Ga.

    Anybody that watches Fox news and believes the b.s. aired by people like the entertainer Glenn Beck (he is not a newscaster, he is an entertainer worth millions) is little more than a moron and do not have the foggiest idea of what is truth. Specially the dimwit that calls himself Jarhead.

    September 18, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  18. edward o thomas

    Fox news should be shut down by Mr, Murdoch once and forever. They are nothing but radical rabble rousers bent on total destruction.

    September 18, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  19. Merdi

    Fox news is the podium for Republican part. Fox news does not have the integrity, the decency and honesty to provide any news fairly and accurately with the journalistic values.
    Fox news represents the all that is false, all that is not true and it is void of any integrity.
    The Showmen & women of the Fox news are not journalists; they are more of a paid prostitute in service of Republican Party.
    Fox news is inciting hatred and promoting violence against the President of the united states and while I believe in freedom of speech , there has to be some law that prevents
    An organization such as Fox news to promote violent overthrow of the Government.
    Any decent American can see the hatred promoted by Fox news and it’s paid prostitutes and must boycott such house of ill repute.

    September 18, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  20. Beejay

    What is wrong with some of the people in the U.S? Don't they realize that they are making that country the laughing stock of the world? I, for one, am not surprised at the lies Fox News tells....many people who know better expect that of them. What gets me are the people who send in their comments, telling lies. For instance, there are those who say CNN is not covering the Acorn mess. I must be blind and deaf in some weird way, but I have been hearing about it on CNN. It's like those who keep repeating that President Obama is a liar, but none of them will say what lies he has told or what he is lying about. These kind of people just show their ignorance as they refuse to believe in facts and will only believe the lies because that is what they want to hear. I feel sorry for the U.S. as these kinds of people will only bring the country down. Many of them profess to be Christians, but they don't know the first thing of what Christianity is all about. God help the U.S.

    September 18, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  21. Carole

    Those networks MUST have missed the event, given that Fox claims 2 million people marched on Washington. The event that every other network covered, according to the Park Police, had about 60k people. The last time 2 million actual people marched on Washington, it was Barack Obama's inauguration, and it was evident that the numbers were real. My question is this–why are there no overhead shots of the Washington Mall during this march? Actually, I already know the answer to that as well.

    September 18, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  22. edwin

    fox news is tastless with no shame

    September 18, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  23. ceebee

    Why should anyone report on an event that was, for the most part, invented by, promoted by, attended by, and wanted by Fox news and their supporters. I cannot imagine how any intelligent, reasonable individual could possibly put any value in the Fox network. The far right, represented by Faux news, is so frightened that the white male will lose his dominance in our nation that they are grasping at any straw, no matter how ridiculous. Face it people – your reign is over!!

    September 18, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  24. eric

    can there just be a daily cnn segment devoted to pointing out ludicrous claims made by FOX news and their anchors? I watched Glenn Beck this evening...mistake number one, and not thirty seconds into the program I heard: "communist marxist revolutionaries"...needless to say I quickly turned off the program and got on with my life. But I do worry about the thousands of those who take in this kind of filth and believe it to be factual news.

    September 18, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  25. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Not Reality TV, Not ACTUALITY TV
    Fox "News" TV

    September 18, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
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