When Will Lou Dobbs Stop Encouraging Birthers?

July 24, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Despite his own network debunking the lunatic “birther” conspiracy theory as not based on fact, “unfounded’ and a “joke”, Lou Dobbs host of CNN’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” has continued to promote the birthers’ theories claiming that President Obama is not an American citizen, on both his TV and radio programs.

Sparking outrage for irresponsible “journalism,” calls have escalated for Dobbs to stop providing a venue for birther theories, with one civil rights organization demanding he be fired.

J. Richard Cohen, the president of the watchdog group, the Southern Poverty Law Center, sent a sharply worded letter to CNN President Jon Klein, demanding that Dobbs be fired for his actions in promoting “…falsehoods and racist conspiracy theories, questioning President Obama’s American citizenship.”

The letter noted Dobb’s inflammatory rhetoric displayed on his radio show suggesting President Obama was an undocumented alien. “I’m starting to think we have a document issue. You suppose he’s un… no, I won’t even use the word undocumented, it wouldn’t be right,” said Dobbs on his radio show.

As documentated by Media Matters, on numerous occasions on his CNN show, Dobbs questioned the legitimacy of President Obama’s birth certificate saying Obama needs to “produce a birth certificate,” that the birth certificate posted online by Obama has “some issues,” and that Obama has not produced the “original document.”

On his CNN show on July 20, Dobbs referred to birthers as “passionate supporters,” saying the birth certificate questions “won’t go away because they haven’t been dealt with.”

When criticism of his promotion of debunked birther conspiracy theories increased, Dobbs became defensive and still treated the birthers’ theories as legitimate, “We had people, including reporters from the LA Times, calling up because I referred to this. … Instead of calling the White House to ask why they didn’t do it, they’re calling me to ask why I said I don’t know what the reality is. No one does.”

As noted in the Poverty Law Center’s letter, “The truth about the president’s birth is not in dispute. It has been verified by Factcheck.org, among many other serious news organizations, and his official birth documents have been made public.”

Media Matters, a progressive watchdog group issued a press release charging, “CNN has a very serious Lou Dobbs problem.”

CNN President Jon Klein finally acted and sent a private memo to Dobbs’ staffers declaring the Obama birth certificate story “dead.” Klein attached information confirming the legitimacy of Obama’s birth certificate saying, the information “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,” Klein wrote.

Well, despite Klein’s memo, Dobbs went on the air and continued to feed the flames of the birther conspiracy theories.

In an interview with Greg Sargent on Friday, Klein backtracked on the stern tone of his memo saying, “Look, Lou’s his own show, and CNN in general has repeatedly and thoroughly reported on the facts behind this situation.” Klein added that Lou just hosted “a few conversations with people representing a wide range of opinions.”

Klein then suggested that politics played a part in the criticism of Dobbs, “I understand that people with a partisan point of view from one extreme or anther might get annoyed that certain subjects are aired.”

Klein, when asked if he would take any action against Dobbs if the birther stories continued said, “I think no good journalist would ever say that a particular story will never be covered again. Every day brings new facts, new pegs.”

And so, the controversy continues. Even MSNBC president Phil Griffin weighed in on the birther issue saying, “It’s racist. Just call it for what it is.”

Watch the Video prepared by Media Matters documenting Dobbs’ birther problem:


16 Responses to “When Will Lou Dobbs Stop Encouraging Birthers?”

  1. Scott Coverley on July 24th, 2009 8:58 pm

    If one of the Hallmarks of a leader is a willngness to admit mistakes, then The “teachable moment” belongs to those of us who at one point may have thought you were one….or was that supposed to be an apology?

  2. Russell Felter on July 24th, 2009 9:00 pm
  3. Fred on July 24th, 2009 9:19 pm

    If it is such a cut and dried case – produce the FULL long – form certificate of Birth.

    Otherwise, shut up about a conspiracy theory.

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  5. StopTheLies on July 24th, 2009 11:49 pm

    The graphic posted above is NOT AN ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH. It is merely a purported computer generated “Certification of Live Birth” which does not have important information on it that would be on the original Certificate of Live Birth issued in 1961, specifically:

    1) + 3. This Birth (Single, Twin, Triplet)
    2) + 4. If Twin or Triplet, Was Born Child (1st, 2nd, or 3rd)
    3) + 6c. Name of Hospital or Institution (If not in hospital or institution, give street address)
    4) + 6d. Is place of birth inside city or town limits? If no give judicial district.
    5) + 7a. Usual Residence of mother: City, Town, or Rural Location
    6) + 7b. Island
    7) + 7c. County and State or Foreign Country
    8) + 7d. Street Address
    9) + 7e. Is residence inside city or town limits? If no give judicial district.
    10) + 7f. Mother’s mailing address
    11) + 7g. Is residence on a Farm or Plantation?
    12) + 10. Age of Father
    13) + 11. Birthplace (Island, State, or Foreign Country)
    14) + 12a. Usual Occupation
    15) + 12b. Kind of Business or Industry
    16) + 15. Age of Mother
    17) + 16. Birthplace (Island, State, or Foreign Country)
    18) + 17a. Type of Occupation Outside Home During Pregnancy
    19) + 17b. Last Date Worked
    20) + 18a. Signature of Parent or Other Informant (Parent, Other)
    21) + 18b. Date of Signature
    22) + 19a. Signature of Attendant (M.D., D.O, Midwife, Other)
    23) + 19b. Date of Signature
    24) + 20. Date Accepted by Local Reg.
    25) + 21. Signature of Local Registrar
    26) + 22. Date Accepted by Reg. General

    These 26 additional pieces of information (shown with their Field Numbers from an actual original Hawaiian Certificate of Live Birth from 1961) are what are missing on the computer-generated “short form” “Certification of Live Birth.”

    Please note that the State of Hawaii HAS NEVER CONFIRMED THAT THEY ISSUED THE CERTIFICATION OF LIVE BIRTH that was put up on Obama’s web site fightthesmears.com and which is shown on your link to the LA Times, and that Certification is TOTALLY INVALID based on the redaction (alteration) of the certificate number as it so plainly states on the bottom of that Certification “ANY ALTERATIONS INVALIDATE THIS CERTIFICATE.”

    It is just astounding that anyone in the media would put up this particular graphic of the Certification when the alteration makes it completely invalid – but this is the only graphic that has ever been directly provided by the Obama people (with no scan of the back at all where there would be a stamped signature and release date from the State of Hawaii), with the other copy on the factcheck.org web site being a completely different certification with VERY DISTINCT TRI-FOLD LINES which negate the possibility that this graphic scan was ever taken from that certification for which factcheck.org never provided an image of flat scans of the front and back.

  6. Lou Dobbs rocks on July 24th, 2009 11:57 pm

    CNN sucks! Obama defenders don’t want to seek or admit the truth. Obama’s story includes three different hospitals.

    1) He said in his book “Dreams from his Father” that he found his birth certificate. Lets see it!

    2) Stop the legal blockade; authorize Hawaii to release whatever they have.

    The factcheck COLB has been questioned for many reasons. For instance, his sister was born in Indonesia. She has the exact same COLB. She is NOT natural born. He may not be either. He needs to prove it.

    Obama’s grandmother said she was at the birth. . .IN KENYA!!! Can you imagine a woman not knowing whether she was at the birth of a baby or not know what continent it was on? Are you anti-birthers calling her a crazy liar too?


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  7. Susan on July 25th, 2009 8:50 am

    Oh, please. His grandmother in Kenya was at the birth of his half-brother, in Kenya, after his father divorced Obama’s mother and returned there to live and procreate.
    His siste3r is years younger than he is, and was born when he and his mother and Indonesian stepdad were living there…he was ages 6-10!
    What about the declaration of the birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. Barack Obama on the correct date in the Hawaii newspaper? I suppose that is some sort of forgery too?
    The fraud here is on the brither’s part..people so angry that a black man is their President they will do anything to get him out.
    By the way, McCain was born in Panama, not in America. Where is HIS birth certificate?

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  9. old1 on July 26th, 2009 3:45 pm

    On and On, where’s the truth? Right in front of your eyes! You don’t need a birth certificate. All you need do is to educate yourself to the true meaning of the term Natural Born American Citizen. Born of Blood and Soil. The Blood of two (2) American Citizen Parents and born on American Soil. ” Blood and Soil uses “and”, meaning both requirements have to be met, not just one or the other. Parents with a (s) means both Parents have to be American Citizens, not just one. Knowing Barack Hussein Obama’s father was not an American Citizen at his birth makes it impossible for Obama Jr. to ever be Natural Born. His fathers British Citizenship and the British Nationality Act of 1948 also make “O” Jr. a British Citizen at birth. No British Citizen, or citizen of any other country, can ever be considered a Natural Born American Citizen. Obama in ineligible for the office of POTUS. Research the term Natural Born. It is not “citizen”, “naturalized citizen”, “native born citizen”, or any other form of citizenship. A President has to be a Natural Born American Citizen. The only time Natural Born American Citizen is used is in qualifying a President and by Amendment the VP. The founding fathers knew what Natural Born meant when they added it to our Constitution 222 years ago. They knew they were not Natural Born being born to British Parents or born outside the United States. So they realized they could not be elected to their new position of President of the United States of America, no one was Natural Born at that time so they added “unless you are a citizen at the time of the adoption of this Constitution” to Article 2. Section 1. paragraph 5. that allowed them to become President if they were a Citizen at the signing of the Constitution even though they were not Natural Born. Obama does not have this language to authenticate his standing, he was not alive and a citizen 222 years ago. He is not Natural Born and therefore is ineligible to hold the office he is pretending to hold today. Wake up America, we are in serious trouble and those of us trying to fix the problem are called names and made fun of daily. The newest defense of the army of paid Obots is to call us Racists. When in trouble just pull out the RaceCard! We’re nor Racist, we are just Americans fighting for our America. Research the term Natural Born, read John Jays letter to George Washington dealing with Natural Born. Educate yourself to the truth. Help keep America from falling into the sewer of Communism. God Bless.

  10. smrstrauss on July 27th, 2009 5:14 pm

    Re: “Obama’s grandmother said she was at the birth. . .IN KENYA!!! ”

    No she did NOT.

    His Kenyan grandmother did not say that Obama was born in Kenya. She said that he was born in HAWAII. Listen to the complete tape, and you can hear her say “America, Hawaii” right after the question “Whereabouts was he born?” http://www.obamacrimes.info/Telephone_Interview_with_Sarah_Hussein_Obama_10-16-08.mp3

    If it is too difficult to follow the tape, here is the complete transcript of that call. http://www.obamaconspiracy.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/obamatranscriptlulu109.pdf

    And, not only was the story that the grandmother said that Obama was born in Kenya made up, so was the allegation that other relatives said it (nothing has been published) and the allegation that there are birth files in Kenya that have been sealed by the Kenyan government (no confirmation from any agency other that WND that there are any files or that any files are sealed).

    There is no evidence that Obama’s mother ever went to Kenya much less given birth there. IF she had given birth in Kenya, there would have to be Kenyan documents AND US government documents. To get Obama from Kenya to Hawaii (where we know that he was seen a few weeks after his birth) requires some kind of travel document. Most likely that would have been a British passport issued in Kenya with a USA entrance visa on that passport. Or, less likely, his mother’s US passport could have been changed while in Kenya to include Obama and thus let him travel to the USA.

    But either of those documents would have required records in the US State Department files. Files of applications for a visa or for a change to the passport. Those files would still be in the State Department, which was under the Republicans for years before the election and for three months after it. Yet nothing has been found.

  11. Tom Degan on July 28th, 2009 10:52 am

    Barack Hussein Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in the state of Hawaii. That was the week the Berlin Wall went up.

    Coincidence? I wonder.

    This evil, subversive plot has been in the making for damned near forty-eight years! By all evidence, since the moment of Obama’s birth! Here is a question that all good and decent Americans should demand an immediate answer to: Was the newspaper, the Honolulu Advertiser, in on the scheme when they printed little Barack’s bogus birth announcement on August 9, 1961? Just where the hell does that paper lean editorially? To the hard Left, I strongly suspect. Wouldn’t that just figure!

    The NAACP, in coercion with the American Communist Party, Democracy NOW and Ed Asner, concocted this evil plot deep in the basement of Norm Chomskey’s home in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the midst of a week-long peyote mushroom binge. The elevation of this dangerous and subversive man to the highest office in this grand and glorious land of ours is only the first step in their dastardly plan. Their next objective will be to force our daughters – our little personifications of patriotism and purity – to court and co-mingle with NEGROES.

    Before very long our children – your children – will be physically forced to memorize whole chapters of James Baldwin’s “Native Son” and “The Autobiography Of Malcolm X”. Trust me, it’s only a matter of time.

    They must be stopped. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the country that we all hold so dear to our freedom-loving hearts. America is falling; victimized by forces who would put a foreign-born A-Rab in the seat that was once held by the sainted Ronald Reagan – RONALD REAGAN, I TELL YOU!

    My friends, now is not the time for the faint-of-heart. It a time for boldness and stoutness of mind and spirit. Only our collective intestinal fortitude will defeat the Liberal cabal – those nattering nabobs of negativism – who would burn our beloved country down. The time has come to give America back to the real Americans. My fellow citizens, you ignore me at your own peril….

    And one more thing we must never ever forget: Barack and Michelle Obama named their two daughters, “Sasha” and “Malia”. What’s that all about?

    Of course, what you just read is meant as satire. Only a complete and utter fool could possibly take any of it seriously. The really disturbing thing, however, is the fact that there are millions of people out there who would read those last eight paragraphs and wouldn’t even come close to getting the joke. While there is plenty of satirical gold to be siphoned from the bottomless mine that these lunatics have provided us with, they have created a dangerous atmosphere that is enabling the nuttiest angels of the American nature. That is something that would do us all well to think about.

    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY

  12. olivia on July 28th, 2009 11:23 am

    Hey StopTheLies,

    The problem with arguments such as you (and I am disappointed to say, so many others here) have made is that they come across more as paranoid ramblings than anything else. You guys claim so many incredible things, have no actual evidence to back it up, and then accuse everyone else of a cover up.


  13. argumentativeliberal on July 28th, 2009 2:46 pm

    I think Obama is handling this issue very well. It’s not the job of the White House to take ridiculous lies like this too seriously. But it is absolutely the job of the media to discredit this junk fast and consistently. Otherwise, it may have serious consequences down the road: http://thestimulist.com/the-birthers-of-a-nation/

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