Media Matters: CNN Running Scared Over Lou Dobbs

Yesterday, I reported on an ad targeting Lou Dobbs by Media Matter that was set to air on Lou Dobbs' CNN show lambasting him for his birther crusade -- and how that was subsequently squelched by CNN. Here's the actual ad:

Media Matter has responded to CNN's refusal to run the ad in a press release titled: CNN Running Scared: Network Refuses to Air Media Matters' Ad Calling for Accountability for Dobbs' Promotion of Birther Conspiracies:

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Media Matters for America responded to the news that CNN has refused to air a Media Matters ad calling on the network to credibly address Lou Dobbs' continued promotion of birther conspiracy theories. A CNN spokesperson reportedly told the Politico, "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."

Watch "CNN's Dobbs Problem": www.DobbsConspiracy.com.

"This seems like the actions of a network desperate to provide cover for its primetime host rather than living up to its standard of being the most trusted name in news," said Eric Burns, president of Media Matters. "If the ad is accurate -- and we know that it is -- then there is no reason for CNN to block it from its airwaves."

AmericasVoice has a nice round up over at DKos gathering all the incoming fire at CNN over their refusal to deal with Dobb properly:

Recently we reported on how CNN pundit Lou Dobbs was stirring up controversy over at "The Most Trusted Name in News" with the long-debunked claim that President Obama's birth certificate is fake. Here's the latest video roundup, in case you missed it:

Many organizations acted quickly to call out the conspiratorial claims. MoveOn.org demanded a public apology, the Southern Poverty Law Center called for CNN to take Dobbs off the air, and America's Voice sent a letter to CNN's president. [...]

Well, if CNN Prez Joe Klein won't remove or at least shut down his birther nonsense because ti's the right thing to do, then maybe he'll do it now that Dobbs' ratings are tanking because of his conspiracy theory bullshit:

Via HuffPo's Jason Linkins:

Backing the "Birthers" may be a good way to gain notoriety and attract criticism, but it's proving to be ratings poison for Lou Dobbs. The New York Observer's Felix Gillette crunches the numbers, and the bottom line is Dobbs is bottoming out:

Mr. Dobbs' first began reporting on Obama birth certificate conspiracy theories on the night of Wednesday, July 15. In the roughly two weeks since then, from July 15 through July 28, Mr. Dobbs' 7 p.m. show on CNN has averaged 653,000 total viewers and 157,000 in the 25-54 demo.

By contrast, during the first two weeks of the month (July 1 to July 14) Mr. Dobbs averaged 771,000 total viewers and 218,000 in the 25-54 demo. In other words, Mr. Dobbs' audience has decreased 15 percent in total viewers and 27 percent in the demo since the start of the controversy.

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