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Posted: 8/3/2009 9:00:27 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/3/2009 9:00:40 AM EST by capnrob97]
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2009/08/media-matters-launches-tv-ad-attacking-cnn-host-lou-dobbs.html

The liberal media watchdog group Media Matters for America is ratcheting up the pressure on CNN this week with a television ad slamming the network for allowing host Lou Dobbs to continue raising questions about President Obama’s birth certificate on the air.

In the ad, which Media Matters is seeking to run on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC for at least a week, the group spotlights Dobbs’ recent focus on the so-called birther controversy, fueled by right-wing critics of Obama who question whether he is really a citizen.

“Let CNN know there’s nothing ‘legitimate’ about racially charged paranoia,” the ad says. The spot will begin airing Tuesday in New York, Atlanta and Washington, including during "Lou Dobbs Tonight," the host's daily CNN program. CNN did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Dobbs has said that he believes Obama is a citizen, but has continued to report on the rumors, saying that the president should produce a long-form birth certificate for the sake of “transparency.”

On his radio show Friday, Dobbs called Media Matters “a rabid, left-wing operation” and said the idea that they would run an ad against him “just really extraordinary.”

“It isn't an issue of legitimacy; it isn't an issue of citizenship … because I believe he's a citizen of the United States,” he said. “It's an issue of just being open, transparent –– deliver the goods and be done with it and move on … . If it's not openness and transparency, then it's pretty much arrogance on the part of this president, that he's above the very same principles that were followed by, amongst others, John McCain throughout his campaign.”

Late last month, CNN/U.S. President Jon Klein told Dobbs’ producers in an internal e-mail that he believes the supposed controversy is a “dead” story. But in an interview, he defended Dobbs’ coverage and said he had not issued a directive for him to drop the topic.

Dobbs has raised most of the questions about Obama’s birth certificate on his nationally syndicated radio program. His most recent reference to the issue on CNN was on July 28, when he reported that the director of the Hawaii Department of Health said she had seen Obama’s original birth certificate on file.

“That official repeated her opinion that the president was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4th, 1961,” Dobbs said.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 9:02:59 AM EST
Wow, pulled out the race card in the 2nd paragraph, didn't they?
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 3:01:32 PM EST
Originally Posted By Ridge_Runner_5:
Wow, pulled out the race card in the 2nd paragraph, didn't they?


It looks like that is how they (liberal left) are going to play this issue. Look to see more of "if you are a birther, you are a racist!"

Personally, I could care less at this point. Obama isn't going anywhere until at least 2012, but it is noteworthy to see them fall back on race again.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 11:09:13 PM EST
This has nothing to do with the birth certificate conspiracy and everything to do with illegal immigration and amnesty.
Link Posted: 8/3/2009 11:13:00 PM EST

Originally Posted By Zan:
This has nothing to do with the birth certificate conspiracy and everything to do with illegal immigration and amnesty.

Maybe, but the fact that oblama says nothing, and spends lots of money to fight this issue speaks tremendous volumes.
Link Posted: 8/4/2009 3:09:04 AM EST
Originally Posted By gonzo_beyondo:

Originally Posted By Zan:
This has nothing to do with the birth certificate conspiracy and everything to do with illegal immigration and amnesty.

Maybe, but the fact that oblama says nothing, and spends lots of money to fight this issue speaks tremendous volumes.


Which is why we should keep harping on it. It requires very little energy on our part to keep the story alive, and it's driving liberals up the wall.

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