Dobbs OK Because Not ‘Actually Questioning the Facts’

Reporting for Associated Press (7/3/09), David Bauder has an update on CNN‘s insistence on “standing behind” Lou Dobbs, who has “become a publicity nightmare for CNN, embarrassed his boss and…on top of all that, his ratings are slipping.”

Bauder asks outright: “How does Lou Dobbs keep his job” while plugging the conspiracy theory that Barack Obama “wasn’t born in the United States despite convincing evidence to the contrary”?

Dobbs’ work has been so unpopular that even Ann Coulter has criticized him.

Dobbs has acknowledged that he believes Obama was born in Hawaii. But he gives airtime to disbelievers, and has said the president should try to put questions fully to rest by releasing a long version of his birth certificate. He’s twice done stories on his show after the public leak of a memo from CNN U.S. president Jon Klein saying that “it seems this story is dead.”

To be clear, “Klein said those stories were OK because they were about the controversy and weren’t actually questioning the facts.”

But Bauder reports that “critics suggest Klein is parsing words, that even raising the issue lends it credence”–such criticism even coming from “the Washington Post‘s Lisa de Moraes: It ‘explains their upcoming documentary: “The World: Flat. We Reportâ┚¬”You Decide.”‘”