Friday, July 24, 2009
CNN president Jon Klein has had enough of Lou Dobbs hand-feeding the birther hysterics and dragging “The Most Trusted Name in News” into the dark reaches of village insanity. Klein sent out this email last night telling Dobbs that “this story is dead.” Can’t wait to see if Kitty Pilgrim, the secondary anchor who helms the USS Dobbs most Friday nights, follows Klein’s orders.
Here’s Jon Klein’s email:
—-— Original Message —-—
From: Klein, Jon (CNN)
Sent: Thu Jul 23 19:00:44 2009
Subject: Important re birth certificate
I asked the political researchers to dig into the question “why couldn’t Obama produce the ORIGINAL birth certificate?”
This is what they forwarded. It seems to definitively answer the question. Since the show’s mission is for Lou to be the explainer and enlightener, he should be sure to cite this during your segment tonite. And then it seems this story is dead – because anyone who still is not convinced doesn’t really have a legitimate beef.
*In 2001 – the state of Hawaii Health Department went paperless.*Paper documents were discarded*The official record of Obama’s birth is now an official ELECTRONIC record Janice Okubo, spokeswoman for the Health Department told the Honolulu Star Bulletin, “At that time, all information for births from 1908 (on) was put into electronic files for consistent reporting,” she said.
Editors Update: After issuing the aforementioned email, Jon Klein appears to have backtracked and told sources: “We respect our viewers enough to present them the facts and let them make up their own minds.” Adding, Dobbs does is “his editorial decision to make.”