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. Big E

    Its always funny to hear the left complain about Fox when msnbc is just as bad, if not worse.

    September 18, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  2. Steve

    Fox news is propagating false information? The real shock will come when they actually report accurate information.

    Fox News IS the problem with the media. I never watch them, unless of course I am looking for "entertainment". But I have never actually heard "news" from them.

    September 18, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  3. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Boy!! Fox is as honest as Acorn....

    September 18, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  4. sickofthebs

    The only reason FOX's audience is so much bigger is because they feed on the uneducated so they can create their army against our sitting president. Bush lied. Bush caused many of our soldiers, our family members to die ... for his own personal agenda! Bush was in office when our unemployment rate shot up ... when the car companies suffered ... when foreclosures became outrageous. I've never seen so much hatred toward a president who's only doing what he campaigned for – what he was elected to do by the American people. FOX News is simply a bully. Does anyone else think that they're constant attacks on the current administration is bullying? It's only a matter of time before someone attacks a politician and claims that FOX news convinced them that they were the devil.

    September 18, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  5. kuriya

    Most of fox news broad casters are promoters of event not giving news. If you listen and watch them they are very sarcastic in their comment and in their presentation.

    September 18, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  6. jm from sc

    I certainly hope Fox News will recieve more than fire for this lie. They have been going on like this for years. I think they are very much responsible for the lies and rumors that are causing so much hate in America today.

    September 18, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  7. Centrist Sam

    It's soooooo nice to see FOX NEWS whining.

    September 18, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  8. Allen, ND

    CNN did cover the story as I watched some of the coverage. However, they did miss the story regarding the protests. The story was the opposition to the spending of both Republicans and Democrats, their lack of regard for the common working person, and the reaction to the extent to which this administration has pushed both spending and government control of everything.

    In the following days it just became portrayed as a racist white group protesting a black president. That had to be done to discredit the old media's and liberal lack of reporting on the story that became much bigger than they anticipated. I do watch CNN and Fox to get a balanced view of the news. One is center-right and the other center-left. As for the other networks they can just be written off as far left.

    September 18, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  9. Ndubueze Chuku

    And what if CNN, NBC, MSNBC, CBS and ABC did not cover the rally? Why must we pacify or give in to the fringe of the society? The same people who are calling for CIVIL WAR, SECESSION and coming to civil fora with loaded guns. CNN is explaining itself to these people. Is it not this same Fox "Fix" News, that did not cover one of President Obama's speeches to the country, that are now making noise. This rally in D.C was a rally ochestrated by LUNATICS like Glenn Beck and his cohorts in Fox News, as well as Dick Army's organization. Is this where our country is now heading to? This was the same way that the news media was cowering during the days leading to the Iraq war and couldnt stand up to Bush, Cheney and their lying republican Party. WHEN WILL WE LEARN? May God bless the USA!

    September 18, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  10. Tim Shepard

    I am a news junkie and check cnn, abc, and fox regulary for updates.

    Lately, it does seem that everyone, but fox, is lax in reporting anything that could be considered controversial regarding the obama administration.

    Let's face it, socialized health care is the most radical, far reaching, legislation to be brought before the american public in 30 years.

    The american pulic deservices a fair and balanced debate. Unfortunately, cnn, abc, and nbc don't even try. Fox may be tilted conservatively but at least they make an attempt..

    September 18, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  11. Dean

    The real issue here is Fox news promoting itself. They have run a number of stories recently about how they are the only ones covering certain issues. You know that a news organization is starting to go 'tabloid' when they start the self-promotion/marketing stuff.

    None of today's news organizations do any real investigative journalism – they simply quote whoever their favorite politician/celebrity-du-jour is and rush to write the next story. It is all about entertainment (and advertising dollars), not informing the public. Too bad the public is so easily swayed (either right or left).

    September 18, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  12. joe

    i was channel surfing the other day and passed the fox channel just long enough to catch the reruns of the j. wright story. its called propaganda not news!

    September 18, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  13. VGal

    For the people that actually don't think that CNN covered this story – you CLEARLY don't watch CNN. I get all of my news from AP (via Yahoo and Google) and CNN. A nd I was SO SICK of hearing about the teaparty that I wanted to QUIT watching the news.

    Yes, CNN reported on the teaparties – and have every right to set the record straight with LYING supposed news sources.

    There is a GREAT YouTube video of interviews from the teaparty. Everyone should watch the fools who attended the teaparty. Hilarious and quite scary.

    September 18, 2009 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  14. Eugene

    Fox is the first all-propaganda station America has experienced. It's interesting to watch Fox as a case-study in how the communist media are run.

    September 18, 2009 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  15. Amanda Blevins-Ayala

    Here is another reason why FOX News is to be considered "fake news reporting". I would like to think well educated news reporters would try and get the facts correct before going a national television. What a waste of their college education, they could have easily got jobs with STAR or The Enquirer.

    September 18, 2009 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  16. jen

    When is enough going to be enough. Fox is criminal.

    September 18, 2009 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  17. honest

    to be fair, cnn is being pretty literal by its response. "miss the story" doesn't have to mean that it wasn't covered, or even covered enough, but more like not covered as well as it should have been.

    i knew when president obama was campaigning he was leading a ground swell movement and that he would be tough to beat. it was clear from the wide-angle shots showing masses of people; a obvious true outpouring of support.

    we all know that the production aspects of the news – camera angles, zooming in on a speaker, sound quality, etc. – can be more or less dramatized based on the preference of the producer. what you don't see in cnn's examples of its coverage is any dramatic shots like we've seen from other events. i'm pretty sure cnn's washington dc crew knows where to find the good shots on the mall – they did for president obama – and that they didn't only provides ammunition for the right.

    better to cover everyone's events with equal enthusiasm. anyway, by responding so literally cnn hands its devout red meat and disregards a potential teachable moment.

    September 18, 2009 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  18. Squigman

    Wouldn't vote for a retard Republican, even if the retard republican had a gun to my head telling me to vote Retardlican. And, wouldn't watch FOX news for same reasons. The party of the ruling class can KMA..

    September 18, 2009 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  19. Don

    FOX News is such a stinky BS Broadcast Organization that I do not waste my time with them. It is my humble opinion that they started and have continued to contribute to the uncivil tone in much of todays broadcast journalism – if it can be called that.

    September 18, 2009 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  20. New Yorker

    Yeah sure they covered. Where on their back pages?

    September 18, 2009 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  21. Ray

    Excuse me CNN but 5 minutes of coverage that claims less than 100,000 people show up is not "coverage". That's just pandering to you bosses in the Democratic National Committee.

    September 18, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  22. corey headley

    who cares about fix news or should i say fox noise

    September 18, 2009 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  23. Julie

    Heres what I dont get about all you fox news supporters on this post. You always talk about ratings. But then you also say that all other media has a liberal bias. So by that logic, then isnt fox news behind with the population? Since only right wing loons watch fox? At least democrats and independents have choices. The loons only have fox and boy does fox deliver. They spend all day covering a protest that they helped organize, go figure. Did they cover the 1 million people that protested the war in D.C a few years ago? oh thats right, they were too busy calling "protestors" un-patriotic. Now thats fair and balanced.

    September 18, 2009 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  24. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Methinks the Fox doth prevaricate too much. Maybe having their mangy little tail handed to them by everyone else will restore some sanity? Nah, ain't gonna happen.

    September 18, 2009 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  25. Joe

    CNN did put some of the march on Washington on TV, but what I saw, they went at it with an agenda of what they wanted viewers to see. I miss the old CNN that reported the news, educated the public and held our leaders to a high bar. Now, when you watch Wolf, he has a democrat / republic as contributors. Wolf ask if Obama is doing well and the democrat says yes and the republican says no. They are both reading from their own political playbooks.
    It is time that the 'mainstream media' to move to the center and stop the love affair with Obama and the hatred of the republicans. Show me a politician that really cares about the people first and not themselves or party, the I will show you a liar.

    September 18, 2009 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
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