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. Ken

    Why would Fox be upset about not enough coverage??? Oh yeah, they ORGANIZED the thing! Just check on Beck!

    September 18, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  2. G. Roberts NYC

    Fox news is like the guy accusing another of being defensive. The other guy replies, "no, I'm not!", to which Fox replies, "See, You were just being defensive right there!". They are slimy to the core. G. Beck is worrying himself into the tens of millions. Heck, for that kind of money, I might consider starting a fear-mongering tv show too!

    September 18, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  3. Richmond

    Good point Rick Sanchez. News is suppose to cover the facts. Not promote propaganda....

    September 18, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  4. Kofi

    This is a ploy by Fox News to keep the story alive. They want free publicity. They know their advertisement was a lie.

    September 18, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  5. Andy

    Surprise, surprise. Fox News is "making" news, not reporting it. You see, CNN, this is why Carville's opinions aren't "news." Interesting, but a news organization is responsible for reporting not making.

    Don't stoop to Fox's level. Everyone, other than some right wing crazed people, know that Fox is a joke. They may get the "ratings" but it's because they're entertainment....not news.

    September 18, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  6. Steve

    Funny I spent the day in my office switching back and forth to CNN & Fox, I was curious to see from what angle each would report. Sorry CNN you may have had your crews there as you they so reported today, but to actualy have footage on the screen- seemed a little absent to me. But I sure did hear allot about racism. Good luck with the ratings game obviously your losing more at least not as bad as MSNBC. Maybe just giving the news will bring me back.

    September 18, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  7. P

    I bet CNN is giddy with glee at their chance to " fact-check" this story. i've been watching CNN and the coverage, was only minimal, and always with a tone of ire - CNN is the most biased "news" [propaganda] machine out there..

    September 18, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  8. Tempest in a TeaPot

    Fox is getting desperate.
    FAct is, no one really cares about 'Tea Parties'...YAAAWWNNNN

    The Birhers have been shut down
    The GOP is losing the health care debate
    Conservative lies are further shrinking their party.
    They know if they lose the Health CAre fight, they will have been routed by Obama.

    The GOP is failing and they are almost toast....pass the popcoprn

    September 18, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  9. Faux news Pas?

    Fox being misleading? The only thing misleading about Fox News, is callig itself "News"

    Fox is a blatant TOOL for the GOP and it's neocon con artists. Nothing more than faux-tainment. Not as relaiable as the enquirer or any other supermarket rag-loid.

    September 18, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  10. Richmond

    Barjack, I disagree. To be called news when does it need a spin? JUST TELL THE FREAKING TRUTH! I don't need you to promote an idea (right or left). I just want the bare facts so I can make an informed choice.

    September 18, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  11. JB Sullivan

    Who wants to cover a bunch of ignorant conservative dead beats that lie on command.

    September 18, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  12. cbpds

    CNN will make a major headline about Michelle's clothes but not a cover story for such rallies......Shame on you....

    The fact that you are trying to downplay fox is an act of desperation 🙂

    September 18, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  13. SistahSan

    Clearly, this is a new low, even for Fox News but, considering the source, is anyone REALLY 'surprised'?!? Fox has simply moved from 'stretching the truth beyond recognition' to unabashed lies.

    September 18, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  14. Bill in Ct.

    Why is anyone with a clear mine even talking about lying Fox News. They can look you in the eye and tell you your name isn't 'whatever' it may be and lie and tell you your name is 'so an so' and will run a story on it as if it's the truth and stand by it, even when you have prove, it doesn't matter to them b/c that's what they do over there. So please everyone, we all no Fox News is nothing more than a right wing conservative base station. Their slogan should say, LIES, FEARS, RACISM and SMEAR, PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 18, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  15. Obama supporter

    This is the just say "no" channel. I wonder if maybe there is a little racism going on at this lilly white channel.

    September 18, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  16. Mike

    Like I said before, who gives a crap about Fox news. They don't even have an HD feed. Their legitimacy has been setback 30 yrs by not having an HD channel.

    September 18, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  17. MadinAZ

    This should highlite the danger of corporations owning so many different media outlets.

    September 18, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  18. Ermira

    Fox News lie, they just scare me!!

    September 18, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  19. canadian observer

    you guys are full of yourselves, and deluded in your belief that you report news as it happens. as i watch all channels from 'up north' your coverage of conservative issues is either 'spun' or not covered. it is what it is, and i call it as i see it. you should all be ashamed.

    September 18, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  20. charles

    Fox News - aka Bush/Cheney/Limpbaugh Bastion of Lies - is a misnomer from the get-go.

    Fox is not news; at least not in the journalistic vein I learned in college and have practiced 30 years in the workplace. Fox News is nothing more than a GOP mouthpiece that attempts to enjoy the liberties of the working press to further the diabolical, irreverent, inaccuracies, distortions, and blatant fearmongering that the GOP has become over the past several years.

    I won't even watch programming on Fox because of their smear department. Really, if all of us would just stop talking about Fox - maybe the network would go away!! Only the Bushies and other morons would miss any part of the network.

    The news aspect is not true, was never true, and will never be true until somebody cleans house at Fox and gets "qualified" journalists instead of GOP mouths and talking heads.

    September 18, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  21. John

    Just call Fox what it is – a "liar" – no fancy words like "misrepresent" – they flat out lied.

    September 18, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  22. sonny c.

    The Conservatives have finally become what they've decried for years: self absorbed VICTIMS !

    September 18, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  23. Mark Silvers

    Fox – Home Of The Republican Party
    Republican Party – A party of old white men.

    Tea Parties – Hey Republicans, we (Democrats) won. You lost. Get over it.

    September 18, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  24. C. McCartney

    Fixed, I mean, Fox News is ridiculous.

    September 18, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  25. Hoosier X

    Has there been a single conservative here responding to the point of the story? That the ad lied? Does it not matter if the ad lied if it supports the conservative agenda? (Has lying ever mattered to the average conservative on the street? Not in my experience.)

    September 18, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
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