Friday, July 31, 2009

Media Matters taking the fight to Dobbs door

I have a feeling someone at CNN marketing is going to get in trouble for this:
Media Matters, which has been attacking CNN for not reining in Lou Dobbs’ birther obsession, has now purchased air time to run a TV ad attacking “CNN’s Lou Dobbs problem” — during Dobbs’ show! [...]
Here’s the script of the spot:
TITLE: CNN’s Dobbs Problem –- 30 Sec.

Chyron: CNN Has a Lou Dobbs Problem

Voice Over: CNN’s Lou Dobbs has been promoting the false, right-wing conspiracy that President Obama hasn’t produced a valid U.S. birth certificate.

Clips: A series of short clips of Dobbs saying “birth certificate”

Voice Over: CNN President Jon Klein said Dobbs’ obsession was “legitimate.”

Clips: Another series of short clips of Dobbs saying “birth certificate”

Voice Over: It’s time for “The Most Trusted Name in News” to live up to its slogan. Let CNN know there’s nothing “legitimate” about racially charged paranoia.

Chyron: Take action at
Dobbs heard about the ads and has publicly responded, calling MM the Swift Boat of the Left, which is pretty funny since the wingnut defense for Swift Boaters is usually that they never did anything wrong. Just promoting the truth, you know. More at the Media Matters homepage.

As Greg points out, whether or not CNN runs the ad, at this point, it's a story. Ready made narrative for their competitors to run. Brilliant idea.

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

If every Republican were brilliant, and civic minded, I would still damn them all to hell for their habit of false equivalence.

If the Swift Boat Liars had video of John Kerry doing what they claim, Dobbs might have a point, but they didn't and he doesn't and he's just another gossip columnist squirming like a worm in a corner he backed himself into.

It's a shame because there was a time that he was one of very few who took any stand against our Nitwit Napoleon and his hairy-palmed henchmen, but that was then and this is now.

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