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. WisconsinEric

    And people are surprised? Why should Fox News manipulation of what they call "news" be limited to TV? Print media need help anyway. 😉

    September 18, 2009 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  2. The Veteran

    I don't know how anyone who claims to know Christ watches Fox News. They are only fooling themselves. They don't know God. How can you know God and spew out so much hatred. IMPOSSIBLE!!!

    September 18, 2009 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  3. jh

    Isn't Fox News still claiming that the official estimate of 60,000 to 75,000 people was actually two million? And they were practically a corporate sponsor of the event - constantly reporting on the preparations for it and trying to gin up enthusiasm so people would go. The other news organizations did, in fact, cover it, but in the future I say let Fox cover its OWN company picnic.

    September 18, 2009 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  4. Janusz Borko

    I am suprised how just few people can "produce" so many posts spitting at fox and blessing other "news" channels.Well I see so many americans are getting excited to get promised handouts from bo, you are so entilted and have rights to get it all now,just extend a hand and goverment will give it to you just as it was done in soviet union poland czekoslovakia, korea and so on.politics of envy never produced anything good,just look at soviet block or read some history books.they had free healthcare, nationalized banks, industry and farming but ofcourse this is america and nothing like that can happen here,right?wrong just wait and see

    September 18, 2009 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  5. Martin, Virginia

    If I learned something from the last election is that FOX is fair and balanced.

    Has anyone checked the ratings?...FOX is way ahead of the pack

    September 18, 2009 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  6. Darryl Schmitz

    Except for Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano, which is outstanding, the remainder of the Fox News lineup is not very fair and balanced. Or concerned about constitutional government.

    September 18, 2009 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  7. Gordon

    The other networks may have reported it, but that's all. There was no serious time given to the event. It was a very heavily attended event (around 1.5 million people) that received almost no mention online at CNN. It was quickly relegated to a sideline leader, NOT the top headline like all the victim stories CNN prefers to dwell upon.

    Just look at the photograph – lots of people. If it had been an antiwar protest during the Bush presidency, it would have received coverage for days.

    September 18, 2009 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  8. Dee

    The right propgandists are playing the media for fools again. The next time they stage an event all the other media outlets will be racing to prove that they covered the story whether the story is significant or not. That is the true purpose of the ad.

    September 18, 2009 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  9. RTH

    Maybe so, but most (if not all) of those other news agencies MISSED the defunding of ACORN.

    There wasn't a SINGLE WORD about that, or the fact that the US Census disassociated itself with ACORN on CNN whatsoever.




    I think the POINT remains.

    September 18, 2009 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  10. Katie

    What exactly does this have to do with ANYTHING? The current political atmosphere reminds me of high school student-government elections. Annoying, petty and immature.

    September 18, 2009 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  11. Jason

    When it comes to reliable, unbiased reporting, FOX SUX!

    September 18, 2009 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  12. Cole

    As usual, Fox is not concerned with comprehensive truth, just advancing a very conservative agenda and training their conservative "base" to ignore all other media outlets. This ad is just another tactic for portraying all other media outlets as being part of a "mainstream media" that is indifferent to conservatives, or even part of a conspiracy against conservatives. It's not about real even-handed journalism in Fox's world, if you're not helping to advance their conservative agenda you are therefore part of the conspiracy against them.

    September 18, 2009 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  13. Nick

    "Fair and Balanced":

    1) Cover only right-wing love stories
    2) Add a few lies
    3) Point fingers, make-up claims,attack the competitors

    What else is new from FauxNews?

    September 18, 2009 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  14. mediaexpert

    One Person just wrote
    "while MSNBC has the most blatant gun-control articles?"

    This is patently false. MSNBC has had very few articles on gun control and none as hard hitting as the 60 minutes pieces or ABC News pieces. In fact there is only one "documentary" on gun control that has aired on MSNBC and it hasn't aired more than 2 times. We record all the cable networks and have a complete listing of articles from the broadcast and cable articles. You are incorrect.

    September 18, 2009 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  15. Open Mind

    Fox's motives are pretty easy to spot. They run this ad, hoping the other networks will then spend more time covering such an event the next time it occurs, That way the other networks won't be accused of not covering it. Fox News' moves are all calculated. There are no journalists at Fox. They are a conservative propaganda machine.

    September 18, 2009 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  16. InMyOpinion


    September 18, 2009 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  17. Karina

    I used to rely on CNN for news , not any longer .
    In our household and most of our friends now watch FOX news , and no , none of us are right wing nor are we Republicans .
    They are just doing a better job and if you don't like Hannity don't watch him , we don't .

    September 18, 2009 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  18. Ryan

    1 million + marching on Washington? That's a lot of folks. I don't recall seeing much coverage on CNN. Of course you'd file this article as "Fox News slammed for Ad". CNN is angry they are getting called out. Unfortunately for CNN and others, FN beats the rest of cable news in the ratings even when combined. You missed the story. You missed ACORN's story and you've missed Van Jones. Wise up, pull the "Yes We Can" veil off and go back to journalism. Please!

    September 18, 2009 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  19. Marty, Grand Rapids MI

    All of our cable news networks suck. None of them are objective and they think 'fair' news is saying "Republican's say 'x' and democrats say 'not x'". News is what people don't want you to know about. Investigative reporting. It's disappearing like newspapers. Everything else is just an infomercial. If you have to watching something, watch "News Hour" on PBS, it's the best of a bad bunch.

    September 18, 2009 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    Typical Fox reporting – inaccurate and inflammatory. They have been in the pocket – via Roger Ailes – since their inception.

    They will do anything and everything to stir up people against our President and our nation, including lying and allowing unstable ranters like Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly fill their airwaves.

    Shame on Fox and anyone who listens to them!

    September 18, 2009 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  21. Erin Ahlfinger

    This ad holds about as much truth as anything on Fox News.

    September 18, 2009 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  22. m smith

    Gosh did we expect more from the fair fox network? Get real they are so biased they can't see straight . The only people listening to fox anymore are the people who believe everything they put out anyway.

    September 18, 2009 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  23. Dan

    The same people who watch fox news are the same people who listen to Rush Limbaugh nuff said

    These are the same people who outnumber CNN, MSNBC and CNBC combined. There are a LOT of us.


    September 18, 2009 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    The reason why Fox does this is because they know there are a lot of scared, uninformed, incurious people out there who will gladly listen to them and have their worst fears confirmed rather than actually take responsibility for thinking for themselves.

    That's a mouthful ... long story short: Fox panders to the basest human instincts. They are and always have been a mouthpiece for the Right and the GOP. They actively want our President and our country to fail. Their hypocrisy, arrogance, deceit and self-righteousness are astounding.

    How they all sleep at night is beyond me.

    September 18, 2009 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  25. Cheryl

    I can't stand to watch Fox news. They are one sided. They don't broadcast the news, they only give their opinions and I think that is very wrong

    September 18, 2009 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
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