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. Jay Baum

    Seek and report the truth.
    Do not spin a story to fit an agenda.
    Do not taint a story by under reporting.
    Be a journalist not a pawn.
    Do these things and you can change history.
    Do not follow these rules and be a disgrace to a noble profession.

    September 18, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  2. Ernest in Atlanta

    The biggest problem I have with Fox News is that they are a foreign owned media company. Fox News, and now sadly, The Wall Street Journal are both owned by Rupert Murdoch, an Australian who owns News Corp. They exert far too much influence in American politics and they are becoming a dangerous organization. Our country needs to reexamine our media ownership laws and outlaw foreign ownership of major American media organizations.

    September 18, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  3. Canadian

    The tea party in Washington was a bust, ..only 70,000 showed up, after all the hoopla leading up to it, it quickly faded from the headlines,like it never took place. My theory is,..this is a calculated and deliberate ploy by Fox, to keep the story going and recapturing some of the momentum,.. and CNN took the bait.

    September 18, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  4. cathyinaz

    All the major news channels covered this event. ALL. But then again most 2 yr olds have a higher IQ that the collective representives @ Fox.
    Oh, and drop the Czar thing – this is not new. Regan, Bush 1, Bush 2 had them and all of them the the nut job Glenn Beck mentioned on his show were APPOINTED BY BUSH 2! The Czar title was created by the news media to avoid using their exact titles which are long and cumbersome to both announce and print.

    September 18, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. Gene

    I love how Fox News prints a blatantly false story, and everyone rushes to their defense. What is there to defend? It was a blatant lie in black and white! There is no defense for it! It's one thing to get some wrong information and print it prematurely and finding out later that you were wrong.. like with the whole "Obama was raised in a Madrasa" embarrassment... but this was a premeditated outright lie. There is no defense.

    And for those citing Fox's ratings.. of course they're gonna be higher. When you have 5 major news channels broadcasting either balanced or left leaning news and you only have 1 that broadcasts right... then all the people who want the right wing news will go to 1 network instead of the 5 that have to split the rest of the audience. It's mathematical logic.. something people have a hard time grasping.

    September 18, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  6. John in WV

    What ever happened to praying for our leaders? Was this what the tea pots were doing?

    September 18, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  7. oscarito

    anyone believe in FOX's ratings "might" and clout should consider that their many of their viewers or radio listeners are not too savvy with modern media outlets, like say, the internet? Nor do most read newspapers or even understand our history. Maybe FOX's fans should take a course in critical thinking and the media so they might get to hopefully reevaluate the way they are just being herded like cattle towards hate and blame.

    September 18, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  8. John

    It's one thing to have right or left leaning perspectives. It's another thing for a news organization to issue bold faced lies. Republicans used to know the difference between right and wrong, but now they believe wrong is right. Very sad!

    September 18, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  9. Douglas Hughes

    Between 60,000 to 70,000 protesters showed up for an 'event' Fox had been pushing for months – Conservatives claimed there were '1 to 2 Million' and even posted pictures – which turned out to be 10 years old of a REAL crowd in Washington instead of the pathetic wingnuts, racists and wackjobs most of whom couldn't spell 'illiterate'.

    September 18, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  10. robert

    We need government control of the media just like we need government control of health care. And yes, I am a Communist, so shut up

    September 18, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  11. John, Jacksonville, IL.

    I do not know what the big stink is all about. Anyone with a lick of sense knows that the news medias are just like our congressmen, they tell stories the way their listeners want to here it. The only difference between newspeople and congressmen is that most congressmen get paid more and get money under the table.

    September 18, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  12. Proud American

    Where was the Fools On Xcstasy channel when CNN covered the first Gulf War. They weren't there on the ground during Katrina, but Anderson Cooper and CNN were 24/7 even helping rescue victims. Other mainstream media news organizations send their reporters to dangerous assignments at great risk and were seriously injuried,imprisoned or died working to gives a fair and balanced view of global events, but never see any of the far right mouthpieces even get their hair mussed up. Point is, that it takes real integrity and courage to in order to deliver the dail news in our living rooms. Thank You Mainstream Media you were their first and FOX is dead last when comes to honesty and integrity you're right there with ACORN.

    September 18, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  13. Carol

    fox news..YOU LIE...As a Canadian Citizen I watch CNN because they always have representatives from both sides of a story!! They educate the viewer! The viewer can then make an informed decision!! . Shame on you FOX news!!
    Thank goodness 70% of the citizens of the US are brighter than you!!

    September 18, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  14. GGG

    I'm sorry CNN, but FOX is getting the job done. They investigate (ACORN, Czars, Cap and Trade)..They aren't afraid to challenge the president and report on the stories. I love CNN but starting to think that FOX news is the only aggressive, investigative news media left. Everyone else is soooo pro Obama biased that they are almost not worth watching. The news agencies didn't "miss" the tea party movement, they down played it!!!! The mainstream media doesn't care about the truth they care about their agenda. Watch FOX and learn something.

    President Obama is doing 5 interviews this weekend, we'll see if any of the media interviewers ask the tough questions or really challenge him.

    September 18, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  15. Mark My Words

    It is true that the Liberal media focused on the few radicals that don't represent the majority of the protesters. Don't try to cover your bias. It is plain to see.

    September 18, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  16. Seattle Sue

    Facts don't matter to the radical right wing so why should facts matter to a radical right wing tv net work?

    September 18, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  17. GP

    FOX News (thats a laugh) is accusing all the other news broadasters of not covering the event in DC last weekend. That this is demonstrably false reveals the lack of journalism practiced at FOX.

    In fact, FOX is to the RNC what Goebels was to HItler.

    September 18, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  18. Holly

    Dear Barjack, an actual Independant.,

    I agree with everything you said. All organizations have some slant and I think it's best to read and hear points of view from all sides however, MSNBC, CNN and ABC did not run a newspaper ad accusing Fox of ignoring or over-reporting something near and dear to MSNBC, CNN or ABC's heart. I find FOX and MSNBC so self righteous that they are both hard to watch.

    September 18, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  19. logtaads

    I did not see a whole lot of coverage of the protests in DC by the other networks. The coverage they did provide served to down play and trivialize the protests.

    As for Fox News not showing OB speeches... Lol there is more than enough coverage of his enlightening speeches.

    How about the hypocrites in MA trying to change the very same law they changed in 2004 for pure political reasons. Gotta love it.

    The day CNN provides unbiased and objective reporting will be the same day a protestant becomes the pope.

    September 18, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  20. Mark My Words

    They did miss the story that it is not about radicals, it's not about racism, its not about hatred, it is simply a matter of frustration that the Leftist and the Obama Administration is taking the country too far to the left and the protesters have a message..."that the reckless spending socialism will stop." Wake up everyone.

    September 18, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  21. JFK

    Faux News is manufactured for those who dont live in reality.

    September 18, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  22. Matt, CO

    FOX knows that other networks were covering the story. This is just a way to bring more attention to themselves.

    September 18, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  23. David

    CNN, don't let Fox news win by over-reacting to this.

    Covering more "tea party" garbage and taking it more seriously in the future would be playing right into their hands.

    September 18, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  24. a

    hello?????the only reason I even HEARD about the tea parties was because it was on the CNN live internet video. I have no friends..conservative that is(smile) and I don't leave the I wouldn't have known about it....try again fox news.

    September 18, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Maybe they mean the "faux" pictures of the march that were taken five years ago? How could CNN have miss that huge retroactive crowd???

    September 18, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
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