submitted by SamHenry
Networks are all fired up at one another over an advertisement that FOX ran stating that the other media outlets did not cover the 9/12 Tea Party demonstrators. This is not just a one time rout of one network over coverage, accuracy or perspective.The turbulent political times have been amply reflected in network coverage of partisan events. And now the network news outlets are taking off after one another.
September 18, 2009
From CNN.com’s “Political Ticker”Posted: September 18th, 2009 04:19 PM ET
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, CNN.com 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 CBSNews.com 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.
Also weighing in, Politico.com’s Michael Calderone:
CNN’s Rich Sanchez blasted Fox News this afternoon over an ad the network ran in the Washington Post which said that other networks missed the tea party protest.
Sanchez said that the network did “extensively” cover the event, but didn’t “promote the event.” And addressing Fox, Sanchez was clear: “You lie.”
Earlier, I noted that ABC’s Jack Tapper called the ad “demonstrably untrue,” and yet the Post defended running it by telling POLITICO that it’s Fox’s opinion the other networks missed the story even if they were physically present.
Meanwhile on the internet, conservative bloggers have lately drawn fire from the more “liberal” media websites and stations. Some of the best and brightest bloggers are conservatives and they have taken to this area of communication like a duck to water and have mastered it. This is an area to watch.
Consider the vastness of this realm and then you can see that there is a race to the top. In the case of the government, the race is to control it of course. If the Government gets more control over social websites and the presidential powers to regulate the internet during a national emergency (he already has these powers) are further clarified – well guess who the 900 pound gorilla will be standing behind your computer chair?
Finally, in the name of diversity, talk radio – seen to be largely the province of the conservative politicos and their minions – is scheduled for surgery. The Obama-created FCC ‘s Chief Diversity Officer, is somehow going to fix things so that a huge tax on talk radio will finance public broadcasting. Stay tuned.
In reviewing all of the above areas of contention, one overriding fact keeps recurring – control is being sought – not the quality of the product and clearly not diversity qua diversity. It is control. As the shape of this beast emerges, the name for it is revealed CENSORSHIP.