Why Dobbs Quit CNN: Birthers, Politics
Lou Dobbs walked away from CNN — and $9 million — under pressure to tone down his rhetoric as the network seeks a more centrist position among the cable news channels.
Dobbs announced his resignation from “Lou Dobbs Tonight” on the air Wednesday night following months of friction between the veteran newsman and CNN brass.
The beginning of the end, the New York Post is reporting, came in July when CNN President Jonathan Klein told Dobbs’ staff in a memo to stay away from so-called “birther” stories about doubts that Barack Obama was really born in the United States.
“It seems this story is dead because anyone who still is not convinced doesn’t really have a legitimate beef,” Klein said in the memo.
Dobbs and Klein have been at odds ever since, according to the Post.
During the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama released a shortened version of his birth certificate, sometimes called a certification of live birth. However, he has yet to release his long form birth certificate, which would indicate the actual place of his birth.