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CNN's Dobbs Problem Just Got Bigger: Media Matters Calls on Public to Pressure 'The Most Trusted..'
PatrickHenryNews ^ | 7/27/09 | staff

Posted on 07/27/2009 12:18:35 PM PDT by pissant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 27, 2009 Media Matters for America

After CNN President Jon Klein reportedly called Lou Dobbs' coverage of conspiracy theories about President Obama's birth certificate "legitimate" on Friday, July 24, Media Matters for America President Eric Burns sent an email to its thousands of online activists today asking for their help to publicly pressure CNN to credibly address its Lou Dobbs problem.

In the email, Burns writes: "Klein's caving to Dobbs raises a serious, troubling question: Who is really calling the shots at CNN?"

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: 527groups; certifigate; cnn; ericburns; jonklein; larrysinclairslover; mediamatters; obama
Panic time in the Soros Run Media...
1 posted on 07/27/2009 12:18:35 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

Umm....

So Media Matters wants nobody to cover the issue?

I guess media doesn’t actually matter.....................


2 posted on 07/27/2009 12:21:22 PM PDT by TitansAFC (Socialism is a disease; Sarah Palin is the cure. Palin/Romney 2012 or Palin/Gingrich 2012!!)
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To: pissant

I thought Hillary owned Media Matters. IF that’s the case, wouldn’t this Burns guy be FOR - not AGAINST - talking about the BC issue on CNN or whatever cable news station?


3 posted on 07/27/2009 12:22:33 PM PDT by library user
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To: pissant

What is the most far fetched?

— The earth will come to an end on _______.

— The earth is 6000 years old.

— Government spending will stimulate growth and is healthy.

— Governments can run health care systems better than private individual choice coupled with insurance companies.

— The climate of earth is changing at an unprecedented rate. This change is bad. Humans activity is causing it.

— Obama was not born in Hawaii or any other U.S. state.


4 posted on 07/27/2009 12:23:42 PM PDT by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: library user

Soros owns them. Soros loves the boy marxist


5 posted on 07/27/2009 12:23:45 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: TitansAFC

Exactly. If Media Matters was a legitimate organization, it would celebrate the media’s right to cover whatever it wanted to cover. Instead, it’s pushing a censorship agenda. Not very impressive.


6 posted on 07/27/2009 12:25:09 PM PDT by joejm65
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To: pissant

If this whole birth certificate issue is “nothing” and those who bring it up are “kooks” in the same league with the 9/11 “Troofers”, why the fuss? Wouldn’t it make more sense to cast Lou Dobbs as a nut to be ignored instead of getting him fired? What is Media Matters so concerned about?


7 posted on 07/27/2009 12:27:12 PM PDT by Sister_T
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To: pissant

Lou Dobbs is the biggest ratings earner for CNN. If the people running CNN know what is good for the network, they will give Dobbs a big say in what he chooses to cover.


8 posted on 07/27/2009 12:28:00 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: pissant

Klein changed his opinion but I guess it did have less to do with Dobbs running CNN and more to do with the viewing figures. Money talks...eh, Soros?


9 posted on 07/27/2009 12:28:49 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: TitansAFC

I’ve said for years that the press is bias not in how they cover stories, but in what stories they choose to cover.

Who would have heard of the Swift Boat Vets, really, without the intenet and conservative talk radio hosts?


10 posted on 07/27/2009 12:29:03 PM PDT by RobRoy (This too will pass. But it will hurt like a you know what.)
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To: pissant

Does Soros fund Media Matters and, if so, how can we show that?


11 posted on 07/27/2009 12:29:29 PM PDT by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them or they more like we used to be?)
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To: pissant

I think it is great that Lou Dobbs has taken on this issue. But what about conservative talk radio? I never hear Rush, Sean, Mark, or Laura discuss this issue.


12 posted on 07/27/2009 12:31:44 PM PDT by Welcome2thejungle
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To: Welcome2thejungle

Rush has touched on it a few times recently. Hence the firestorm now.


13 posted on 07/27/2009 12:32:25 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: ScaniaBoy

I missed that. When did he change opinion?


14 posted on 07/27/2009 12:32:38 PM PDT by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: pnh102
Lou Dobbs is the biggest ratings earner for CNN. If the people running CNN know what is good for the network, they will give Dobbs a big say in what he chooses to cover.”

Of course CNN could always do what they did with Glenn Beck by losing Lou Dobbs to Fox, thus sending CNN’s ratings even lower, even as Lou Dobbs signs a massive new contract with Fox and gets even higher ratings at Fox.

15 posted on 07/27/2009 12:32:43 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: pissant
This hysteria about the same CNN that all during it pre Anointing of the Zero coverage had a huge backdrop on it's stage that said “Obama, grand son of slaves is our Moses”

Only problem CNN is O has no slave blood. His father was an African immigrant, his mom white. It a total like spewed forth by a propaganda outlet posturing as a "news agency".

Leftists please, CNN is all most as biased and demagogic in its propaganda for the Zero as MSNBC. It all regime propaganda all the time over there.

I don't care for Dobb’s but admire his courage in covering this. Rather then having their white house mouth pieces and their stodge propaganda outlets scream bile at anyone who questions O's birth, why do they not simply PRODUCE his birth certificate for us?

16 posted on 07/27/2009 12:33:48 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Obamanomics: we have to destroy the US Economy in order to save it!)
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To: pissant
the email, Burns writes: “Klein's caving to Dobbs raises a serious, troubling question: Who is really calling the shots at CNN?”

Hey Burns, we know who is calling the shots at Media Maters don't we? It's the same guy you want to call the shots at CNN too, the convicted felon and Nazi sympathizer, George Soros.

17 posted on 07/27/2009 12:35:49 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: gussiefinknottle

First he sent a message to Dobbs that the issue was dead, and then a day later he said that one never knows what comes up, an issue is never dead, or something like that.

That’s why Media Matters is so upset.


18 posted on 07/27/2009 12:36:06 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: ScaniaBoy

Thanks!


19 posted on 07/27/2009 12:37:35 PM PDT by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: pissant

who has Klein’s email addy? We should send emails of support for Lou!


20 posted on 07/27/2009 12:40:26 PM PDT by hawkboy
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To: pissant

“After CNN President Jon Klein reportedly called Lou Dobbs’ coverage of conspiracy theories about President Obama’s birth certificate “legitimate” on Friday”

CNN is doing the right thing???
What is going on?


21 posted on 07/27/2009 12:41:24 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I agree with Rick..)
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To: pnh102
Lou Dobbs is the biggest ratings earner for CNN.

You got that right. I cant watch Shep the Schlep so I turn it over to CNN catch Lou during that time. He's the only show I can watch on CNN.

22 posted on 07/27/2009 12:41:26 PM PDT by DogBarkTree (Support The American Tea Party)
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To: gussiefinknottle

PS: Really like you user name. I’m a great Wodehouse fan myself.


23 posted on 07/27/2009 12:41:41 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: Sister_T
If this whole birth certificate issue is “nothing” and those who bring it up are “kooks” in the same league with the 9/11 “Troofers”, why the fuss?

And why didn't they make this kind of ruckus about the "Troofers"? Going on 8 years, and the Soros Media hasn't uttered so much as a peep in protest.

Why is this conspiracy so much more egregious?

24 posted on 07/27/2009 12:41:56 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: library user
I thought Hillary owned Media Matters. IF that’s the case, wouldn’t this Burns guy be FOR - not AGAINST - talking about the BC issue on CNN or whatever cable news station?

Hillary is positioning herself to be VP in 2012, so she does this favor for Obama.... but I also think she is simultaneously positioning herself to be the Presidential nominee in 2012, should Obama tank so badly in the polls (which may be happening) that he cannot run.

This is why Hillary must be seen as a raging success as Secretary of State. When she started the 'Smart Power' Tour last Spring by visiting Asia... she hardly had arrived home before N.Korea started firing missles into the Sea. Smart Power works again!. That, and numerous other gaffs, along with numerous negative stories about her being marginalized by the Obama Administration led to a 'broken arm' that took her off the hotseat long enough to restudy positions with a few allnighters and opportunity to 're-do' and 're-make' herself. How convenient. (insert smirk here!)

Afterwards, she was able to 're-emerge' as the Marxist press revealed it to us, and now has a stronger and clearer (and more Presidential) tone.

That broken arm couldn't have come at a better time! eh? These people play us so well that all Americans should have a 'right' to free popcorn.

25 posted on 07/27/2009 12:44:31 PM PDT by 1-Eagle (SUPPORT - The Constitutional Law of Honduras & The Sovereignty of Israel!)
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To: MNJohnnie
Rational minds would conclude there is something on that piece of paper they never want to see the light of day. Spending over a million dollars to prevent a $12 piece of paper from being released to the public defies any logic whatsoever. That leads one to conclude they have a reason to hide it. You know you're getting under their skin when the only reaction you get from them is name calling, sarcasm, ridicule, and character assassination instead of acting like adults and addressing the issue once and for all before the nation. Transparency my ass.
26 posted on 07/27/2009 12:49:32 PM PDT by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
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To: pnh102

Dobbs actually has much more say than most anchors on CNN already.

He quit CNN in the late 90s b/c he was sick of the network cutting away from his show for LIVE PRESIDENTIAL COVERAGE everytime Clinton blew his nose.

When he came back a few years later, he got a contract in his clause giving him much more autonomy over programming his hour.


27 posted on 07/27/2009 12:49:56 PM PDT by Plummz (pro-constitution, anti-corruption)
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To: pnh102
"Lou Dobbs is the biggest ratings earner for CNN. If the people running CNN know what is good for the network, they will give Dobbs a big say in what he chooses to cover."

CNN (and other news outlets) proved long ago whatever they choose to do has absolutely nothing to do with ratings, or even profit for that matter. To them, it's about advancing their political agendas. If it wasn't, FoxNews (as the clear market leader) would have been emulated. Instead, they program to be exactly counter to what Fox does.

If people show a preference for a certain kind of product, retailers don't stock something completely different. They either try to get that product, or they source something as close as possible. In business school, they have a name for contrarians - bankrupt.

28 posted on 07/27/2009 12:50:57 PM PDT by OldDeckHand (No Socialized Medicine, No Way, No How, No Time)
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To: pnh102

I agree, I hadn’t really watched CNN in years until lou dobbs started talking sense recently.


29 posted on 07/27/2009 12:51:45 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied, the economy died)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
And why didn't they make this kind of ruckus about the "Troofers"? Going on 8 years, and the Soros Media hasn't uttered so much as a peep in protest.

Why is this conspiracy so much more egregious?And why didn't they make this kind of ruckus about the "Troofers"? Going on 8 years, and the Soros Media hasn't uttered so much as a peep in protest.

Why is this conspiracy so much more egregious?


Because this "conspiracy theory" can be easily resolved. All Obama has to do his release his BC. McCain did so why not Obama.

Any reasonable person is going to think, "why doesn't Obama release his BC and put a end to this nonsense." Obama won't release his BC so that is why I think the left and the State Run Media is trying to squash this story. They don't want the American public to ask the obvious question of why won't Obama just release his BC if he has nothing to hide.
30 posted on 07/27/2009 12:55:02 PM PDT by Ticonderoga34 (Free Obama's Birth Certificate!)
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To: 1-Eagle
"This is why Hillary must be seen as a raging success as Secretary of State."

Hilary's actual performance in her job as SOS is irrelevant. If she chooses to run in seven years, or sooner if Obama becomes untenable to the the Dems (unlikely), then she will be carried to victory much the same way as Obama was last year. And, just like his inexperience wasn't a problem for the press, Hilary's poor performance experience won't be either.

31 posted on 07/27/2009 12:56:23 PM PDT by OldDeckHand (No Socialized Medicine, No Way, No How, No Time)
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To: TitansAFC
Media Matters is just shocked that a part of their franchise does not have Soros calling the shots.
32 posted on 07/27/2009 12:58:37 PM PDT by R0CK3T
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To: pissant

Somebody must be really worried....


33 posted on 07/27/2009 1:08:30 PM PDT by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Democrats spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: TitansAFC

There are two central facts about this controversy that have to be answered before it will ever go away.

First, 0bama has claimed in a WH letter and in a speech that he was born in 2 different Honolulu hospitals. So from 0bama’s own mouth, he has addded to this controversy.

Second, the Hawaii State Health Director has said that he has “personally” reviewed 0bama’s “Original Birth Certificate” and certified his live birth in Hawaii. But this contradicts media reports this week that Hawaii officials have said that the Original Birth Certificates were “inadvertently” destroyed in 2003 and all records were converted to the new online format that 0bama posted as proof of his citizenship.

You can’t have it both ways. Either you have access to the Original Birth Certificate, or you do not. Either way, someone is lying. REAL investigative journalists should be trying to discover WHAT the lie is and why!


34 posted on 07/27/2009 1:16:55 PM PDT by SDShack (Obamanomics = Economics + Moronics)
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To: pissant
Even the liberal LA Times on June 30, 2009 in an article dripping with contempt--conceded that the thing Obama's people posted online was "technically... not a birth certificate".

A bill in the US congress with 10 backers currently -- calls for future presidential candidates to be required to show a birth certificate. The library of congress has recently started including the Obama File in its historic collections of Internet materials related to the Presidential Transition during a Time of Crises. The Obama File holds that Obama's birth certificate as presented online is bogus.

Now this story is starting to change. Some liberals in an open acknowledgement of Obama's problems are starting to call for a change in the constitution.Liberal defenders of Obama in full retreat on Birth CertificateNow The LA Times Wants To Amend the Constitution Rather Than Have Obama Show His Birth Certificate. (Translation: Yeah he’s not a Natural Born Citizen — As the Constitution Requires.)
35 posted on 07/27/2009 1:32:11 PM PDT by ckilmer (Phi)
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To: ScaniaBoy

You know, there seem to be quite a few here on Free Republic!
I always liked Christopher Hitchens back when he was simply
a mean lefty because he was a Wodehouse fan and often
referred to PG.


36 posted on 07/27/2009 1:34:09 PM PDT by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: SDShack

“First, 0bama has claimed in a WH letter and in a speech that he was born in 2 different Honolulu hospitals. So from 0bama’s own mouth, he has addded to this controversy.”

Could you provide the source material for your claim about the speech? If you are talking about the one where he announced his run for the Presidency - it is not in that speech. You can hear it on youtube.


37 posted on 07/27/2009 1:38:24 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: pissant

Don’t the libs know that Lou Dobbs got a no-firing clause from Ted Turner years ago? There is NOTHING CNN can do, which is why Klein cowered before the question.


38 posted on 07/27/2009 1:46:01 PM PDT by FreepShop1
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To: OldDeckHand
Hilary's actual performance in her job as SOS is irrelevant.

If she has to run against Sarah Palin... she hopes to have stronger leadership and foreign policy credentials, so having anything less than success, weakens rather than helps. As Secretary of State, you either do a good job, or you fail. I am convinced that Hillary is the worst kind of political animal. Everything she does is a calculated move to advance herself, even at the expense of her party or her country.

When she was being vilified with negative stories about being marginalized and isolated by the Obama Administration, I think Dick Morris wrote an excellent article on that, for one, its interesting that within a week she suddenly 'had an accident'. If you notice, the weakened and marginalized Hillary before that accident, and then look at the empowered Hillary afterwards... I say the whole thing was cooked up as a dramatic event to result in a 'do-over'. I doubt she even scraped her elbow!

39 posted on 07/27/2009 1:52:22 PM PDT by 1-Eagle (SUPPORT - The Constitutional Law of Honduras & The Sovereignty of Israel!)
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To: FreepShop1
Don’t the libs know that Lou Dobbs got a no-firing clause from Ted Turner years ago?

So? A legal document to liberals is a living, breathing document, subject to change at will, but only by liberals.

40 posted on 07/27/2009 4:12:07 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: pissant

golly what’s the problem here? Everyone *knows* that Obama was born in Hawaii. What’s it hurt to air stories exploring why Obama won’t release his long form birth certificate? Unless of course it causes unwanted questions to be asked.


41 posted on 07/27/2009 4:16:57 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: pissant
Another brilliant move by the left. Poke Lou Dobbs in the eye and see if he goes away. I think not.

Remember. There's no such thing as bad publicity.

42 posted on 07/27/2009 4:27:13 PM PDT by McGruff (former Gov. Palin: I am going to exercise my freedom of speech.)
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