A media watchdog group releases an ad criticizing CNN anchor Lou Dobbs for stoking the 'birther' controversy.
CNN is facing a dilemma. It can run an advertisement that criticizes one of its prime time anchors – or refuse to run it and face criticism for that.
Media Matters, a nonprofit media watchdog group, has produced an ad which attacks CNN anchor Lou Dobbs for promoting a “false right wing conspiracy that President Obama hasn’t produced a valid U.S. birth certificate.”
"Five of the six cable providers we purchased ad time with have turned down the ad for CNN," said Media Matters spokeswoman Jessica Levin in an e-mail. "Time Warner (owner of CNN) allowed the ad to run on Fox News and MSNBC but turned it down for CNN."
The controversy hovers around a right-wing movement that’s come to be known as “birthers” because it’s adherents question whether Obama was born in the United States and whether he is a citizen who can legitimately serve as president.
Officials in Hawaii have confirmed multiple times that the birth certificate produced by the Obama campaign in 2008 is legitimate. Factcheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, has also seen the birth certificate and declared it legitimate.