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. Abbott

    Well, its nice to see the media set the record straight to defend its own hide. Now how about setting the record straight on other right-wing falsehoods being perpetrated?

    September 18, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  2. Smoov

    Whatever happened to the good old days when TV journalist reported the facts and not their opinions?

    Unfortunately, as long as there is television, there will be corruption and the misleading of those who are easily mislead into taking action for the benefit of a selfish few.

    'Sense' is no longer 'common'....unfortunately

    September 18, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. John

    Fox News doesn't need to sell, I mean tell the truth. Their audience is stupid enough - and has proven themselves as such time and time again (look at Glenn Beck's ratings) - to believe everything they say or spin.

    September 18, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  4. Sherry

    Fox news tries to incite hatred and bigotry.....they say they are fair and a.s.s. they sre so rightwing that they will dwell and make up lies about Obama.....It tuely amazes me that there are those that believe and listen to the lies that they spew....

    September 18, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  5. GaryB

    Hey, if Fox wants to be the mouthpiece of the fear-driven, stampeding cattle extreme of the Republican party, that's fine, but I do draw the line at truth in advertising (or lack thereof).

    September 18, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  6. Stephen McCallum

    CNN, like MSNBC, and the unholy threesome... did NOT cover the 9/12 Tea Parties with any more sincerity than you would have covered any UFO sighting, or report of the Loch Ness Monster... I have been a daily viewer of your programs for the past 25 years... so do not pretend to be injured by FOX's presentation... none of you are in any position, considering the Tea Parties, support Nancy Pelosi, abusing Palin, mis-representing the Dem HR3200, as well as ignoring the ACORN reports - until it was too late to hide your head in the sand... and, still ignoring the number of questionable Czars in the Administration...

    September 18, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  7. Rick

    Its funny to see people spell Fox news " FAUX news" or refer to it as "Fixed" which are two terms coined and promoted by the ultra-left, promote anything obama at all costs, MSNBC.

    We all have our biases and are inclined to listen to the news agency that spins the news the way we like to hear it spun.

    I challenge MSNBC watchers to watch an entire Glenn Beck show and I challenge all Beckers to watch Olberman (he could use the bump in ratings).

    September 18, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  8. George

    Faux News is good at pandering. Sometimes I watch Foxy News, but usually have to switch it off. There is way too much opinion on "news" these days without investigative reporting, probably because opinions are cheap, while good investigative reporting is expensive. Though I suppose a shallow, uninformed electorate has it's own costs eventually.

    September 18, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  9. Maria

    Sure they covered the Tea Party going out of their way to find the extreme right wing protesters. Why didn't they interview other protesters that were just average americans, democrats republicans, independents, who had actually read the health care bill and have legitimate concerns. I haven't seen hardly any coverage of Acorn either. You can hate Fox News all you want but they are the most watched cable station in the country. That many americans can't all be wrong, they want news all the news not just what the others chose to report. Perhaps CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, actually try reporting the news instead of picking and choosing stories that make the administration look good!

    September 18, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  10. Soccer Mom

    Fox "News" lost credibility – and respect – a long time ago, especially from legitimate journalists. This ad is a new low, even for them. Was this an in-house ad and who signed off on it? I think this would fall in the category of 'grounds for termination.'

    September 18, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  11. Curtis

    Way to go CNN, Thanks

    September 18, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  12. barb

    CNN is full of crap, when they cover something they agree with, like Obama . He gets a dog, we hear about it every hour , everyday for a week. Obama killed a fly and we heard about that for day's.I used too like Cnn, and watched it all the time, once they started supporting Obama, CNN became sickening, I never watch Cnn anymore, and any channel that shows Obama , even Fox I turn the channel until Obama is gone. CNN cover him so much they are making people sick of seeing him........good job CNN.

    September 18, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  13. Sean

    Well, FOX isn't really in the business of "truth" these days, so why should this ad be any different? I used to try to watch a balanced amount of FOX, CNN, and MSNBC for a right, center. left kind of overview of things. But at this point, I really can't stomach the bile that they spew on FOX...

    September 18, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  14. Matt

    Look at the loonies come out. We shouldn't have to worry much about people who don't believe in facts, science, or reason. But, there's a lot out there, and they're loud mouths. You can scream through your 15-toothed holes, but we're going to continue moving forward. This country has come too far to go back 100 years on your behalf. The Devil didn't put those bones in the rock, and Fox News doesn't really care about you. They're exploiting you.

    September 18, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  15. Alan from rural Illinois

    I would never expect objective reporting from Fox News, it provides infommericals for the fiscally liberal/socially conservative right wing of the Republican best. So, no surprise in this story.

    What I am concerned about is what I see as CNN and other new agencies overcompensation with too many talking heads that speak nonsense in the name of balanced reporting and are rarely called on it.

    I am wondering when will the media realize that they do not need to cover all sides to a story, just the objective sides? For instance, when the lunatics start talking no one has to put a microphone in their faces...this is not an Electric Kool-aid Acid Test! And, stop showing those disgusting un-American signs that display disrespect for our President and for all Americans of every color. You can describe them if you think such ignorance is news worthy, but stop showing them over and over again.

    I know, I know "it sells air time." But, to me it is the Fauxification of news media, this country's fourth estate that has a fiduciary responsibility to protect us from those that tell untruths!

    September 18, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  16. joe sixpack

    "Dispatching more than a dozen personnel"? WOW! Come on, give me a break. You guys use that as proof that you took this story seriously?

    CNN devoted much more air time, immensely more personnel, and countless production resources describing how "inconsequential" this rally was, and giving airtime to administration mouthpieces who criticized the veracity of the message being demonstrated by the rally.

    It's CNN who is being intellectually dishonest here...

    September 18, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  17. Unreel

    What?? Fox News lied about something???? Whaaaat??!?!

    September 18, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  18. Jeff S.

    I laugh at the masses of sheeple that feed on the Goebellelesque
    view of the news that Fox puts out. Its not even news. The only reason people watch Fox news is to validate their own beliefs that are spoon fed to them by the talking heads of the corporate/lobbyist few that run the GOP. Think for yourselves. Do your own research. Don't rely on the word of some screaming propagandist for your news,

    September 18, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  19. Matt

    Fox News, the next "Great White Hope!" And, "You Lie!" reporting. We scream. We decide.

    September 18, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  20. Chris

    I have a friend in the military who regularly forwards emails from Fox with the subject "Won't see this in the other media."

    I immediately forward him the same story from CNN.

    September 18, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  21. JFK

    200 Days of nothing said:
    "CNN only showed it real quick because this story was not part of there Liberal agenda."

    Well 200, you must be reading CNN quite a bit then. I love how conservatives never can talk about the issue in the discussion. They revert to childish observations and finger point. So since your brought it up, if in "Liberal agenda" you mean "fair and balanced' thinking for this country, we will take that as a compliment. Conservatives should be ashamed of letting the O'Reillys, Limbaughs, and Becks run amok on our airwaves spouting lies and dividing our nation. This goes to the heart of the conservatives problems, they can only distract, finger point, and name call. Faux News and conservatives have to manufacture events like the Teabag Party and then so self righteously say that no one else covered it. Conservatives get online and type away calling Obama a commie, socialist, and a liberal. Rarely do I witness one have a logical, healthy conversation or make a worthwhile posting. Thank you for fitting the usual stereo types 200!

    September 18, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  22. Joseph

    Fox propaganda machine promoted the tea party. Next they cleverly accused news media of not covering it. This force networks like CNN and others to cover it more. It is just like the phrase liberal media. That force more right wing coverage.

    All I would like know form the Finance Committee is when do get real choice to choose what cable stations I pay for. I want to vote with my dollars.

    September 18, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  23. Carrera911

    Yes, Tea party it is...Tea party all the way to the nut house with FOX. What a bunch of right wing out of touch, racist, lunatics.

    September 18, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  24. Harvie

    Unfortunately the people who watch Fox news never watch or read any other news source so they will never hear or read any of the other network's rebuttals. Fox News knows this and doesn't care what other people think.

    September 18, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  25. Vet For All

    Fox News should be baned from being news outlet. It's sad that our nation can't get real news without all the nonsense and propaganda. As a retired Vet, I'm sick of lies in the News Media, this is not what I proudly served 23 years in our great military for. What happen to the real news of the past. If we as a people should want anything back, it should be news that we can trust and believe in.

    September 18, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
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