Sunday, August 2, 2009
Lou Dobbs a publicity nightmare for CNN, embarrassed his boss and hosted a show that seemed to contradict the network’s “no bias” brand. And on top of all that, his ratings are slipping.
How does Lou Dobbs keep his job?
It’s not a simple answer. CNN insists it is standing behind Dobbs, despite calls for his head from critics of his reporting on “birthers” – those who believe President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States despite convincing evidence to the contrary. The “birthers” believe Obama was born in Kenya, and thus not eligible to be president.
Dobbs’ work has been so unpopular that even Ann Coulter has criticized him.
“He’s embarrassed himself and he’s embarrassed CNN,” said Brooks Jackson, a former CNN correspondent. “And that’s not a good thing for any network that wants to be seen as a reputable, nonpartisan news organization.”
Ouch. Tough words. But by not stopping Lou Dobbs’ obsession with President Obama’s birth certificate, CNN president Jon Klein is giving tacit approval to the Birther movement and Dobbs role as its de facto leader. And sadly, CNN has no business claiming to be the “Most Trusted Name in News.”