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. Don

    I watched CNN yesterday afternoon for 3 hours and you had a 30 second story on Acorn. Is that how you covered the T party rally? Both stories are big news and should be a big part of your program, but clearly are not. I guess that is why Fox has much higher ratings.

    September 18, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  2. Reatte Beaumont Texas

    All the fussing about fox news then tell me why cnn and msnbc and the other three mainstream media are way under in there rating than fox it seems to me that fox has been number one in ratings for awhile now and from last seen cnn is in 25th place and fox is still number one from 7p.m till 9 p.m. so what up with that.

    all I can say about that is fox has the last laugh LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 18, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  3. Anna from Phoenix

    Well finally Faux News pointed its factless coverage toward CNN and it sure does not feel good to be the brunt of that network's endless stream of lies about everything in the news. The only network that consistently shines a light on their lies is MSNBC and they get attacked for being left wing activists because they do this.

    Mainstream media's job is to point out truth and truthlessness. CNN most often leaves out reporting on right wing truthlessness so to seem unbiased, but instead makes it look like that CNN supports some of those right wing agendas. CNN, you just have to learn to call a duck a duck! Then duck.

    September 18, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  4. Mary Limbaugh

    I Think that the Tea Party is the same as the KKK rallying. Oh, by the way I am a republican..... But we need to stop the hate.....

    September 18, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  5. Axel

    How could anyone possibly take Fox News seriously? They wouldn't know "Fair and Balanced" if it bit them on the backside.

    September 18, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  6. Pill

    FreedomWorks. SO THAT's who organized all those buses that carried all those people to Washington and gave them all those signs made to look home-made. Now which insurance companies were paying the bill?

    Fox news – why aren't you pursuing THAT story?

    September 18, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  7. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Fox is no longer a "news" source.

    It is a political arm of the Republican Party.

    September 18, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  8. Amy

    I only watch CNN, and personally, I got tired of the coverage and thought it was too much!

    As for FOX, why is anyone surprised? They are the network of spin, representing the party of spin (GOP).

    September 18, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  9. Jim

    They also said the same thing about Van Jones and ACORN. This is also exactly why there is so much confusion about health care. They are spreading lies and their die hard viewers believe everything they say. When they have opposing people in a segment they constantly interrupt the one they disagree with and let the other one go uninterrupted. Fair and balanced I think not. I started watching FOX more prior to the election because they were being more fair and balanced and CNN was to far not doing so. Luckily CNN has now rectified that and FOX has gone to tabloid journalism. But what do you expect from an owner of so many tabloids.

    September 18, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  10. scott

    why is it when Imus,Stern open theri mouth they get hit with fines and suspensions from the FCC. But yet FOX is allowed to spew vile lies. I used to watch Glenn Beck before the election, however since then I have noticed a hard line never seen before and have watched onlty a handful of shows. As a independant I am appauled at what I have seen. I have never seen a sitting president get so much for being in office for such a short time. This scares me when you see guns a rallies, nazi remarks, and posters of a defamed president. I thought the pundits of the DEM's were wrong when they said that the GOP was imploding, but now I think they may just be near the end. We need the leaders of the GOP to stand up and take action for these lies, then mabye I can vote for the GOP again. Where is the real GOP ?

    September 18, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. LaMeghan

    Neither side "deserves" their spin on things. NO SPIN, please.

    September 18, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  12. mickey173

    Well, I can not believe my eyes! All the half-truths being written about the FOX NEWS NETWORK. Honestly, people, wake up and start THINKING FOR YOURSELVES.

    September 18, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  13. Mario, mtl, ca.

    And the winner is faux news, the networks just gave faux a free ride , and that it's exactly what O'Really wants them to do, and they did it all of them.

    September 18, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  14. KarenD

    Americans were much nicer, smarter, more inquisitive and basically more sane before Fox News and the advent right- wingnut talk radio. There, I said it.

    In all fairness, however, we can point the finger at Bill Clinton for the popularity of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. Didn't they get big ratings boosts back during the Lewinsky/Ken Starr days? And like moths to the flame ever since, conservative Americans have grown fat on a diet of half-lies, mostly lies, and complete lies.

    There, I said that too.

    September 18, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  15. thehadley4

    Just to remind everyone here..... FOX News is the only outlet that complained about ACORN and see what happened. Maybe if CNN, ABC, CBS got off their butts they could do better at the news.....

    September 18, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  16. scott

    I am sure that the GOP is just stalling long enough for the 2010 election to then say that the DEM's haven't gotten anything done. Any ideas on this ? Party of NO, lol really growing tired of this

    September 18, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  17. R in Maine

    It is not a story. It is a performance broadcast by the syncophant Fox network. Fox is not patriotic, not intelligent, not responsible, not attractive. Fox News is a cheap, self-promoting piece of garbage.

    September 18, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  18. max pargament

    My god, anyone who watches fox news is a moron. And therefore likely a hardcore, right wing, nut job who shows up at these "tea parties" with Glen Beck.

    Anyone who parties with Glen Beck is a loser in the first place.

    September 18, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  19. mark

    Shame on Fox News! As usual their reports and commentaries were extreme and biased. I stopped watching them long time ago.

    September 18, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  20. M JOHN

    Fox Lie? Never! Hahahahahh

    September 18, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  21. Al from SoCal

    Wake up ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN if you dont to be continuly steamed rolled by Fox rating wise you better end your Obama infatuation and start reporting real news again. History wiil see the tea baggers as grass root partriots who save america from socialism.

    September 18, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  22. meena

    CNN and other networks should run an AD in the Washington Post stating that Fox News made up false claims.
    There are bunch of loony's/pinheads who are the followers of Rush/Palin/Hannity/O'Reilly/Glenn Beck/Connie Rhodes etc etc who believe every word in fine prints.

    September 18, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  23. Mike

    It cant be news that fox lied. 5 times as many people marched in 05 against the war in DC and if you check the foxnews site it is not even mentioned. "Fair and balanced" is really "fake and biased"

    September 18, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  24. Devon

    It is very true, CNN may have covered the event but they did it in such a way as to give it no credibility, and hardly any airtime. Fox may be biased but CNN is very biased as well

    September 18, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  25. Walt

    Thanks to Fox News we at least get a different spin than the sickingly pro-Obama crap on CNN .. Yeah maybe they tend to lean right but at least we have an alternative to the mainly left leaning media including CNN.

    September 18, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
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