Lou Dobbs Has “Become a Publicity Nightmare for CNN”

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Media Matters for America reports:

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.”

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9 Responses to Lou Dobbs Has “Become a Publicity Nightmare for CNN”

  1. Walk on Socks says:

    Journalistic standards won’t lite a fire under Jon Klein’s ass but maybe tanking ratings and the wide spread perception that CNN is Smaller FOX Noise.

    Really, Klein. Aren’t you just a wee embarrassed to let this insanity forever tar and feather the once mighty CNN and on your watch no less?

    If it were up to me, I would’ve put an end to this weeks ago.

  2. drew from lil ol Texas said... says:

    CNN “Most Trusted Name in Bullshit”

  3. Estacada says:

    When Ann Coulter disses you, you know you have a serious problem on your hands.

    Sounds to me like Jon Klein is one of those wussy, non-confrontational suits afraid to draw a line in the sand and tell Dobbs “this is how it’s going to be and if you don’t like it, send your CV to FOX.”

  4. R.J. says:

    Now that CNN is firmly entrenched in third place during the early evening hours, it won’t be long before either Klein or Dobbs is out the door. Give them six months.

  5. VicoDANIEL says:

    CNN is hopeless.

    A shell of its former self and as far as I’m concerned, should have its FCC license pulled, thus freeing up much needed bandwidth for programming the American people repeatedly say they want in their cable line-up.

    But about the Birthers — get ready for a fresh week of hell and crazies.

    None other than WorldNetDaily just published a bogus Kenyan birth certificate they’re claiming is that of President Obama.

    Here’s the link:


    Christopher, I know you have connections and contacts. Can you dispatch anyone to get to the bottom of who this alleged lawyer is and if the swiftboat nuts are behind it? Thanks.


  6. libhomo says:

    Dobbs bullshit is an extreme example of the rightist bias that permeates the corporate media.

  7. Wait until the advertisers start to pull out. then dobbs is toast. But not until then.

  8. KayInMaine says:

    I see Lou Dobbs still hasn’t produced his wife’s vault birth certificate proving she’s a citizen of the United States. As of right now, we can all safely assume Lou is married to an illegal alien who does his laundry, mows his lawn, and cares for his children.

  9. bradfrmphnx says:

    CNN is a total publicity nightmare in and of itself. Crotchety Dobbs is the icing on the cake.

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