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. Joe

    Yeah, those networks mentioned the parade and showed a few pictures, but not nearly to the extent they did for other marches – Million Man March (which was all day coverage), Iraq war protests etc. A better ad would have been about the ACORN videos, FOX reported that a week before the others just mentioned it in passing. All news organizations should cut the commentary and stick to reporting what happens.

    September 18, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  2. Mia

    Fox news would try lying to God. Hope I am in line behind them on judgement day to see that. 😉

    September 18, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  3. Reggie

    A few years back I mostly watched MSNBC. But then noticed that some of the news I wanted to know more about, was not even mentioned there. Thats when I started watching CNN and Fox news. Between the two of you, I seem to get the most accurate information.

    CNN still was behind the times on Acorn. When I first heard about the Baltimore tape, I came straight to your website and did not find anything on this. The third day after the news break, I finally found info on your site, but I had to surf around to find it.

    For those of you that get your news info on just one channel, or maybe even a few, but all liberal. You are deliberatley blinding/fooling yourself. Noone can make an educated opinion on the current news and events, if you are not willing to research the info using various sources.

    I am an independent. And I am not happy with either parties. And I blame both Dems and Repubs for allowing huge amount of funds to go to Acorn.

    Fox has been the most accurate on news, followed closely by CNN. The rest of the media, I am not wasting my time on.

    September 18, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  4. mike

    all anyone needs to do is check on the news is on top of the list for number of viewers and the most important fact is that they have the highest independent viewer rating...why? Because independents like to know the facts, not biased liberal reporting from CNN, ABC and the rest of them.

    September 18, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  5. makethingsbetter85

    Of course Fox would cover the Tea Party - they coordinated it as a big party for all of their screaming, hypocritical, racist viewers.

    Beck, Limbaugh, Coulter - big and loud, but they're not speaking for the majority.

    September 18, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  6. Mia

    Could Fox news be sued for this? I can dream, can't I?

    September 18, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  7. Mike

    The funniest part is is that Fox News has more viewers than all the other networks COMBINED. Of the Top 10 cable news programs all 10 are shown on Fox...they are obviously doing something right.

    September 18, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  8. Trish

    ACORN was NOT a Fox sting. It may have been recorded by non-journalists, but the story was huge, nonetheless, and was nowhere to be found on other MSM networks. Yes, CNN ran the story that was a headliner for all of about an hour, then you had to search for it. Jon & Kate and Jennifer Anniston were headliners ALL DAY. As were the 6 or so commentaries on Joe Wilson. We know! He yelled, "you lie!" at the President. Wrong? You bet. Do we need 6 different (same) opinions on it in one day? Not really. Especially when the country's largest grass roots community service organization has just been CAUGHT ON VIDEOTAPE attempting to aid and abet human trafficking, prostitution, and federal tax fraud (with public tax dollars, no less). You can't tell me you don't see anything wrong with that. I don't care who you are or who you voted for, you just can't.

    September 18, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  9. Pam

    how about an ad by CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS that slams Fox News for inaccurate reporting? Fox News had no problem LYING to viewers about how many people attend the "9/12 Rally". There weren't 2 million people there. Not even 1/10 of that. So turn around is fair play I say.

    Perhaps the ad could have all of the Fox (Faux) News broadcasters with Pinocchio noses since not one of them know how to truthfully report the news.

    September 18, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  10. Alex Cordero

    What Fox doesn't understand is that credibility is earned, not bought. This shows where theirs is.

    September 18, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Calling out a blatent false add is good, but CNN should not focus on defending it self as others have suggested. It should keep focus on obtaining the facts and reporting the news. If this is the objective, the news will speak for itself.

    September 18, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  12. DG

    People, please... there is no such thing as absolutely unbiased journalism, not even since the days of the town crier. The unfortunate hard truth is that unbiased journalism simply doesn't sell.

    September 18, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  13. Joel

    This is one of many reasons I will never watch Fox "News." It's an insult to the news industry to refer to that network as news, and Rupert Murdoch should be ashamed of himself. A couple other points: when Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was leaving his position, there was an official ceremony attended by the President and the incoming Secretary at the Pentagon–CNN was there. I was in the Pentagon at the time and Fox News was also on–they were covering a young girl's desire to be a stripper with her father sitting next to her. And, Fox frequently spins lies by leaving out information. When President Obama was giving a town hall speech live, he said "some people are saying we're gonna have these death panels and pull the plug on Grandma. I'm not for that." Later in the day on Fox News, they conveniently left out "I'm not for that" to pander to their audience of misled sheep. They don't fool me.

    September 18, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  14. Rhena

    Did you also notice that they used one of the fake photos of the rally? Or maybe that is one of the photos from the inauguration? LOL!!! Maybe a few slander lawsuits would help them learn to get better acquainted with the truth?

    September 18, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  15. ER

    I flipped between Fox and MSNBC on Saturday. MSNBC was covering Obama's speech the whole time. Face it, the NBC network is not going to report anything anti-Obama. PERIOD!!

    September 18, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  16. SA

    That's your coverage? That's it??????

    September 18, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  17. Pam

    I know CNN reported the Tea Party, cause hearing that so many people can be so easily led, really ruined my day. Fox has brainwashed people! My own mother believes everything they say! It is truly sad that they would take advantage of trusting older folks, who think they are watching a real news show.

    September 18, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  18. Speedy

    Fixed News: We distort, you comply.

    September 18, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  19. Jessica

    CNN did not cover this story properly, they are now doing some major backtracking to keep you people believing all of their BS! Look at the facts people, don't be told something! If you went back and looked at the news coverage from that day you would see FOX's point. The media is so far to the left they were successful at getting Obama elected and most people don't even know why they voted for him. Educate yourselves and look at the facts. Glenn Beck is standing up for this country. Obama has his crazy people trying to get him and rush off the air. Ask yourselves why!!!!!!!!!

    September 18, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  20. shawn

    FOX News Channel is just as guilty as they claim the other networks are. They act like they're "fair & balanced" and that they're above everyone else, but they pick sides too. Republicans complain how bias the other networks are...hello, look at your own network, GOP!

    September 18, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  21. SNAFU

    We all know who is #1........Fox ratings are steadily climbing. If you want truth and an occasional mistake, go to Fox. If you like drinking cool-aid and staying drunk on caveman dribble, then bow down and kiss the hand that feeds you get used to your chains.

    September 18, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  22. James

    Bravo to Rick Sanchez for his blasting of fox "news" for their inaccurate reporting -as usual,

    September 18, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  23. Anthony, Philadelphia

    gee, why am I not surprised that Fox News would have released such an ad?

    September 18, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  24. Jason

    Who cares,

    I'm looking at this and it just shows how bad we all are.
    It another news channel, dont like it change it. You have the right wing and the Left wing bashing on each other like monkeys because of what Fox said!!! God only knows how all of you were in High School!!!!

    You all need a life, and fast!!!


    September 18, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  25. Bo

    You guys didn't cover it fairly. You picked the 5 most radical people you could find and showed them over and over again in an attempt to make the movement look like a bunch of right wing radicals who have nothing better to do and then on top of that you guys played the race card and insinuated the people there were racists. No CNN this isn't a radical right wing racists movement. That protest was 75,000 real Americans fed up with the policies of Mr. Barack Obama. Nothing more, nothing less.

    September 18, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
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