CNN Pressures Cable Operators to Block Anti-Lou Dobbs Ad

August 5, 2009

(ChattahBox)—CNN is looking less and less like the “most trusted name in news” and more like a network terrified of criticism and running scared, in its attempts to block an anti-Lou Dobbs ad from running, not only on CNN, but also on local cable operators that carry CNN. The 24 hour cable news channel has succeeded, with its clumsy attempts to block the ad, to draw even more attention to the Lou Dobbs “birther” controversy and CNN’s inept handling of it.

Media Matters, a liberal media watchdog group, has been frequently critical of Lou Dobb’s promoting and providing legitimacy to the “birthers;” a group of lunatic right-wing conspiracy theorists that claim President Obama is not eligible to be president, because he is not a natural born citizen, despite the fact of his birth in Hawaii. The birthers’ outlandish conspiracy theories are tinged with racism, which play right into the racial prejudices of some white people who fear having an African American president.

Media Matters produced an ad critical of Lou Dobbs in “promoting the false, right-wing conspiracy that President Obama hasn’t produced a valid U.S. birth certificate.” The ad issues a call to action to “let CNN know there’s nothing ‘legitimate’ about racially charged paranoia.” Media Matters started running the ad on Tuesday on MSNBC and Fox News, but CNN refused to run it.

Greg Sargent on his blog, “The Plumline,” was the first to report of CNN’s twisting arms of local cable operators to block the ad. Sargent speculated that CNN “…may have hoped to shut down the ad without being publicly associated with that effort.” Sargent also noted and rightly so, that “…CNN has been unwilling to pressure Dobbs to rein in the birther talk — but was willing to press cable operators not to run a paid-for ad questioning it.”

The New York Times reports that a CNN employee claimed that CNN managers in a staff meeting, claimed to have negotiated “…unspecified agreements with operators to stop the ad from running.”

The Huffington Post reported that five out of 6 cable operators agreed not to run the ad on CNN.

CNN released a statement in response to criticism for its actions in blocking the ad saying, CNN “retains the right to object to any ad run by the cable operator on our network whose purpose is to attack CNN or our employees.”

Eric Burns, the president of Media Matters said, “If the ad is accurate — and we know that it is — then there is no reason for CNN to block it from its airwaves.” “This type of behavior is antithetical to what a news organization is supposed to stand for. CNN’s attempt to prevent criticism of the network from running on its airwaves is unethical, underhanded, and, quite frankly, unacceptable,” added Burns.

Watch the Media Matters Lou Dobbs ad below:


2 Responses to “CNN Pressures Cable Operators to Block Anti-Lou Dobbs Ad”

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  2. Captain Steve on August 5th, 2009 12:39 pm

    Obama’s hidden records and natural born citizenship are legitimate issues.

    It’s no surprise that Hillary Clinton just went to Kenya to reinforce the cover-up.

    I still want answers. Obummer, put up or get out!!!! All he has to do is make the following official public statement,

    “I Barack Obama authorize the State of Hawaii to release and make public all of my records on file.”

    That’s it. Issue over. But he won’t because he’s a fraud!! Obama knows that millions of citizens want to see it yet he continues to hide it. What/why is he hiding? and most disturbingly, why don’t BHO’s supporters want to know the whole truth, especially since there’s a reward of $100,000 for proof that Obama is a “natural born” citizen of the United States.


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