I have thought for over three or four years Lou Dobbs has been over the top. He is in another zone of crazy when he talks about immigration, which is about every other show. Well, the other night, he had to talk about this dustup over whether Obama was born in Hawai’i or not.
From Polical Animal:
Adam Serwer noted yesterday that the whole Birther movement “is probably hurting CNN more than it’s hurting the GOP.” That’s a very persuasive point. The fact that the Republican base has more than its share of nuts is well established, but CNN wants to be taken seriously, and Lou Dobbs’ strange obsession with nonsense makes that difficult.
According to a Media Bistro report today, CNN President Jon Klein contacted some “Lou Dobbs Tonight” staffers yesterday to explain that the Birther story is baseless. Klein reminded the staffers that he asked CNN researchers to investigate the matter, and found that the allegations are baseless. “It seems this story is dead,” Klein said in his email, “because anyone who still is not convinced doesn’t really have a legitimate beef.”
But Dobbs is still Dobbs, and the legitimacy of a story has no bearing on what he puts on the air.
Specifically, Klein told the show’s staffers that Dobbs “should be sure” to explain to CNN viewers that the Hawaii Health Department went paperless in 2001, but the official record of Obama’s birth is now an official electronic record, just as all birth records in Hawaii are for those born after 1908. (more…)