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
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  1. Jim

    WHy does Fox care what other networks do? They claim they are the most popluar network on cable but call everyone else the main stream media. Then they criticize the main stream media for not being like them. MAYBE THE OTHER NETWORKS JUST DON"T HAVE SUCH A RADICAL AGENDA!!

    September 18, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  2. Never Repub again

    OBAMA-BIDEN 2012. Enough of the Repub BS. Vote straight Dem ticket. When those clowns lose more seats they will be mush easier to work with. Repubs dont love America, only money.

    September 18, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  3. OhReally

    And why do I care what Fox News has to say?

    what was that saying..."last ember of the dying fire burns the brightest"?

    September 18, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. belle2004

    CNN definitly is obsessed with righting it with the black folk. I read both CNN and Fox, and Fox reports wayyyy more news. I don't think oneem really lies anymore than the other. Fox is more conservative(God forbid) is that a dirty word on this site? and CNN is far left, simple as that. What people don't understand is the difference between the two sides, it is the conservatives think everyone can think for themselves, or should, and don't need the government to bail them out of their problems and the left thinks that the government is smarter than them so they love the hand outs and government programs. thats it plain and simple.

    September 18, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  5. Fisher

    It is all about "Truth". Everyone knows CNN and most other news sources are aligned with Obama. Anything that may be perceived "opposing" liberal left or Obama's agenda is most often watered down.

    Take the Van Jones story for example; None of the liberal broadcasters mentioned Jones allegiance to Communism and the radical statements he made claiming whites poisoned Blacks and immigrant laborers. They failed to mention Jones was hand picked by a close Obama aid.

    How about Mark Lloyd, Obama's FCC Diversity Czar? When are the liberal news organizations going to tell his story? No, they will wait for FOX then jump in once he is fully exposed as another Obama radical.

    Never in my 65 years have I witnessed a President that has staffed his administration with Communists, Marxists, radicals and home grown terrorists such as Jeff Jones and Bill Ayers. What am I suppose to think of this President?

    September 18, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. Lee

    Why do we even care about Fixed, I mean Fox News?

    September 18, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  7. Andrew

    The Faux News masses are just trying to make an issue out of coverage because the other news networks didnt feel the need to devote 100% coverage to the event? Why you might ask? Well probably because Fox News was the only one that was sponsoring it.

    September 18, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  8. historian

    Everyone I have talked to about this event are absolutely disgusted!!!!!! CNN, your news is accurate and you have earned our respect in your reporting. Keep up the good work and please know Walter Cronkite is smiling with approval.

    September 18, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  9. Vivek Chaudhary

    Why are people on this forum so surprised by this ad story? Most of the news channels try to pay it down by claiming that there were so few people. Hey, it is not the first time and wouldn't be the last time.

    I am sorry to say that this country is going down at a very fast pace. When media is playing a partisan role then where do you turn to for fair news reporting. Although, I agree that Fox has been way too right wing news reporter but when all other channels including CNN are way too biased leaning on the left then somebody got to do the balancing act.

    If we need to see this country going up, then a fair reporting is a MUST from media otherwise only hope is GOD.

    September 18, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  10. Cathy

    Fox is just trying to grab headlines– and it worked!

    They're the Kanye of News!

    September 18, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  11. Tomkat

    It's because Americans are intolerant to these racists. Look what not paying them any attention did. They are fools with a dangerous message, a message that does not belong in this country, a message of hate.

    September 18, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  12. JRH

    Who cares!!! This was never really news anyway, these are only media events. Was there any earth shattering information that was uncovered in this event? I would guess not, the news media needs to be covering real events of consequence.

    September 18, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. Andrew

    Oh to clarify, what the right wingers mean by "elitist" is possessing a level of continued education beyond high school or community college and the ability to use rational thought. I will take being an elitist over being willfully ignorant and closed minded any day.

    September 18, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  14. BrandonFromOregon

    This is exactly why I watch CNN and MSNBC. They might be slightly left, but well more balanced than FOX anyday. Pathetic.

    September 18, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  15. Center-Left

    I agree with Barjack, an actual I vote on the candidate myself...NOT the party.

    Each network has it's own spin whether you like it or not. "Oh...woe is me the poor MSNBC viewer who can't believe what Fox is/isn't reporting. Oh...woe is me the poor Fox viewer who can't believe what MSNBC is/isn't reporting."

    It's sad that we can't look into Jeffersonian principles when it comes to both journalism and politics. Both sides of the issue need to be educated and take their blinders off.

    September 18, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  16. Jay Baum

    During the election a Florida reporter asked Obama a honest question he did not want to answer. So Obama's propaganda machine blackballed the news organization that the reporter worked for and excluded them the rest of the election cycle. The rest of the mainstream media abandoned their colleague and bowed at Obama's feet. Until the media remembers that their industry was once a noble profession; they will continue to be just tools to Obama's ambitions.

    September 18, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  17. Glen

    Good job CNN for standing up to Fox. After-all your station is number one in honest and balance news reporting, except for Lou Dobbs.
    Fox is upset because your station reported the truth, and pictures do not lie. Fox is also upset because the Tea Party did not have the impact that they had hoped . They only had 60,000-75,000 people in attendance. This is a drop in the bucket when people are coming from all of the states..

    Beware CNN, they are just trying to set you up so you will over-expose their activities in the future!

    September 18, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  18. Jay Baum

    The networks may have covered the rally but as usual they have downplayed and under emphasized it to suit their agenda. They are currently trying their best to ignore Acorn many transgressions. A Republican Governor has an affair and it is the lead story. The President of our country has close ties to a obviously corrupt organization and it hardly makes a blip in the network coverage. Please people in media honor the great legacy of your profession and start doing your jobs as independent seekers of truth. You are a disgrace to your profession every time you spin and under report the facts.

    September 18, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  19. Jim, Boston

    Oh, from CNN perspective, fair to assume that everyone present at the rally was a racist, right?

    September 18, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  20. nclinnm

    Why does this surprise me so much? We've all known for a long long time that most of the commentators–talking heads–on Fox are blatant liars and manipulators of the truth to serve their own purposes. Why should their advertising be any different? I won't watch Fox News for ANY amount of money.

    September 18, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  21. daniel

    These right wing, Fox News partisans are so preposterously biased that they think they're seeing the truth in things when all they are seeing is their own prejudices projected outward and reflected back at that them. They live in a house of mirrors but have no idea that they do. Or put it another way, it is as if they wearing distorting lenses and mistake the distortions for the way things are. It is the very definition of ignorance.

    September 18, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  22. Dale

    CNN is accused of bias by both ends of the spectrum. Therefore they are in the middle. Therefore, I trust CNN more than other media outlets.

    September 18, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  23. Jay Baum

    If you are a reporter I ask you to look at the person in your mirror and ask your self. Is that person honoring their sacred duty to report truth or arethey promoting an ideaology or some ones agenda. Under reporting a truth is the same as telling a lie. Media it is your job to be a strong and independent source of real information. Your job is to protect the average person with the truth. Start doing your job even if it does not fit your personal desires. Truth is more important than self.

    September 18, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  24. Moosehead

    It's not pleasant when someone makes up lies about you,.. so now CNN, you know what Obama has to deal with everyday. Let this be a lesson to you, when you bring on all those lying right wingers to spew lies on air,.. call them out.

    September 18, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  25. joseph

    Will the FCC ever act to prohibit Fox from claiming that it is a "news" network? I thought there was something called truth in advertising laws.

    Fox ought to occupy the same space as the Shopping Channel. And news networks really do not need to cover "both sides of the story" when one side discusses healthcare and the other discusses the birth place of the President or death panels. If one person says that 1+1=2, and someone else says 1+1=5, you don't argue both sides. The lack of courage in the news media to take on flagrant liars at Fox is the reason that the extreme right feel they are empowered, since no one dares to call them out for what they really are–liars.

    September 18, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
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