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. bburgin

    We all know what Fox does and they lie. Glen Beck is worse than O'Riley. Glen needs to be put in the same light as Rush Limbaugh (A Nothing But Hot Air). I can't believe I used to watch Beck, but I would never listen to a word he says anymore.

    September 18, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Fox "news" and Rupert Murdoch are SLEAZE....

    September 18, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Instig8or in CA

    The name calling in these comments alone go a long way in showing what kind of people our "president" represents

    September 18, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. John Gillett

    After all the pro-Obama propaganda CNN has spewed since the campaign began, I'm surprised they did cover the tea party last weekend. After all, neither ABC, NBC nor CBS offered any coverage.

    With close to 100,000 marching on DC, it deserved major coverage.

    September 18, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. vigil

    Good for you for pushing back. Now that you know how to quickly dispel a Fox falsehood by doing some digging and then clearly and unequivocally reporting it as false, you should apply the same method to Fox falsehoods aimed at targets other than your own corporation.

    September 18, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. ~~ July ~~ ( Working HARD to make TX Blue )

    FOX is a joke.

    They are complaining that no REAL NEWS network show this joke of a protest 24/7 like they did .....................

    September 18, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. Polar Bears Against Palin

    What a shocker! NOT!


    September 18, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Saad

    oh come on guys.... please don't get mad at Fox News.... Al-Jazeera of America, I mean Fox News are not bad people, they are just ignorant. One can't get mad at ignorance.... it's a trait that nature injects in humans to spice things up in life

    September 18, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. Kevin

    And you'r suprised at this coming from the network that brought you "Temptation Island"?

    September 18, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Talli Rudnick

    Just as you felt frustration for the Fox ad is how many Americans feel. CNN is not reporting fairly. Most of the comments were from people like Nancy Pelosi berating us. I'm an average American that truly does believe the average person is not being heard and that CNN is picking and choosing their stories all in favor of Obama supporters. Equal and fair journalisim, what happened to it?

    September 18, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. Joe

    "Fox News can't get the facts straight EVEN in one of their ads. A real good indication of a bad news provider."

    At least Fox News didn't report that shots were being fired over the Potomoc. Nice work last week CNN. You always know how to panic the nation unnecessarily! How bad is it when the White House even slams CNN?

    September 18, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. TCM

    wow...CNN...only posting "pro-CNN" comments....??? Did you forget about the pompus, sarcastic attitude of your "on-sight," reporters at the tea parties? What about all the tea parties before that? You're turning so Obama, that you've lost all credibility, and it shows in the ratings! By the way, Fox News shows were #1 again...for over the last year now, huh? For all you liberals that think Fox misrepresents, try doing some independent research for yourself, instead of being a drooling obamabot....

    September 18, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. geecee

    Many of us know that Fox News channel is made up of a bunch of crazy, blatant, and flagrant pathological liars and we have been claiming this for years, but no one believes it – until now. These insane people, who claim that 1.7 million people showed up in D.C on Saturday (yeah, right), when the D.C. Fire Dept. says 75,000 at the most. But why listen to D.C. Fire Dept. Glenn Beck knows the t-r-u-t-h. The man needs to be committed to an insane asylum – and he will be one of these days. And Rush Limbaugh, though he is not on the Fox Noise Channel, repeats the lie too. Both are rabble-rousing racist maniacs – whose followers are as brainwashed and crazy as they are. Furthermore, why isn't Rush reporting on the incident at Cracker Barrel in Georgia, where a white guy beats up a black woman trying to protect her 7-year-old daughter from getting knocked over by the pig, but Limppig reports about a minor fight on a school bus and claims the entire school transportation system in this country needs to be revamped to keep the races segregated? Any word from Limppig on the George incident. No, I didn't think so!!

    September 18, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Pete

    FOXNews is Conservative and CNN is Liberal. At least Fox News is honest about it.

    September 18, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Mike

    As usual FOX News lies.

    September 18, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Simmy

    Fox is upset because only they are on the same page as the tea party (Republican) cult.....Most people have meaningful things to do, like supporting the president, his agenda and the country.....

    September 18, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Kurt

    This question is, why SHOULD other media outlets cover a Fox network organized and promoted event? Why aren't other networks asking how or why a large media outlet like FOX is sponsoring these events? Those events were not news, they were manufactured events, paid for and organized by the Republican Party and given free 24-hour promotion by FOX. Now, that's the story everyone has failed to cover. Do you jobs, for once.

    September 18, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    FOX once again proves that they don't believe in reporting the truth, they belive in creating, and disseminating THEIR truth.

    September 18, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Maybe CNN covered it but.....

    ABC, NBC, MSNBC and CBS did not....further CNN and the others have not adequately covered the ACORN scandal.....

    September 18, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. gammaraygus

    "CNN misses the boat on everything not Obama. Now they have taken up the cause of getting health care passed with their typical left leaning scare tactics." : Please explain what this statement has to do with the story? What's the problem? Are you a FOX Newser and you don't like the sound of the truth so you scrape up some nonsensical tangent comment to divert everyone's attention?

    September 18, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. Jordan

    CNN and all of these other outlets do NOT accurately report the news just as Fox News doesn't. Most of you people hate Fox because your Democratic...just as Republicans hate CNN because it is Democratic. Shouldn't that tell you something? All of you are a disaster to the country (republicans and democrats) please stop voting.

    September 18, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. Jackalope

    I watched parts of it on CNN. The paranoid teabagers kept referring to the CNN camera crew as "Communist News Network."

    Nothing ever changes. American historian, Richard Hofstadter wrote about these same clowns in his 1964 Harper's Magazine article, "The Paranoid Style in American Politics."

    Long before Glenn Beck Limbaugh, and "FOX News", there was Father Charles Coughlin, whose right-wing radio programs in the 1930s paved the way for the right-wing broadcasting of today. He was eventually disgraces for his open support of Hitler and Mussolini.

    September 18, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. Mamixztwo

    I watched coverage about it on CNN and Fox. I think that Fox is just upset that CNN didn't cover it ad nauseum like Fox did? I hate to break it to Glen Beck, who is STILL realing over the fact that CNN didn't do wall to wall coverage that the majority of Americans didn't want to watch it. They just weren't interested in it. I know, I know..that must be such a hard pill for your overgrown ego to swallow – but those are just the facts. CNN covers the NEWS..they did cover the march, but there was other news going on that day that the American people wanted to hear as well. And in case Fox hasn't noticed, I will inform them that Obama's appearances regarding health care have garnered probably MORE people all together than were at your silly march.

    Fox News is also apparently extremely upset that the ACORN story hasn't been covered on other news stations. Sorry Faux News...I've seen that story covered on CNN and MSNBC as's just not 24/7. Is that the issue here?!

    The other day, Beck called every new station besides Fox the "fringe media"....what is this cat smoking?!!!! Fox News needs to be charged a campaign fee because they are are merely a propaganda machine for the GOP..they aren't real news.

    September 18, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. Nik Green

    What more can one expect from FOX "Baghdad Bob" News? I also recall the anti Iraq war demonstrations, some much larger than the DC "Tea Party", which happened nationwide on an almost weekly basis for several months until about a month after the war started. These were ignored by all the major corporate media, CNN included, save the token appearance by the usual folk used by the corporate media to marginalizes these events, such as the ubiquitous "guy on stilts", or "tie-dyed Grateful Dead fan" or the "orange haired punk-rocker with the mohawk". Out of some 1000+ major interviews on the US media prior to the war, 996 were "pro war" and just 4 were against. Hows that for fair and balanced reporting... and CNN was as guilty as the rest.

    September 18, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. DickN

    If, as they claim, CNN had multiple people covering the Tea Party event........ why wasn't it carried as a news item?

    It follows everything else.... CNN (as well as the "other" cable news media) will only air a news piece IF it makes Obama look good.

    Where was CNN on the Van Jones fiasco? How about the week and a half of on-going news over the ACORN?

    It's no wonder that "other" cable news network ranks number one!

    September 18, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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