December 11, 2016
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Dobbs & Beck stoke fears of black president


Fox News and CNN Duck Responsibility for Hosts’ Race-Baiting

 

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Media Matters for America issued a statement criticizing CNN and Fox News for their ongoing failure to take responsibility for the recent conduct of Lou Dobbs and Glenn Beck -- who have repeatedly and relentlessly made comments stoking racially motivated fears about President Obama.

 

“It is appalling that less than a year after America elected the first black president, racially motivated fearmongering is allowed to stand in for substantive commentary,” said Eric Burns, President of Media Matters“Just about everyone else in the media recognizes that this race-baiting commentary is unacceptable. What will it take for CNN and Fox News to take a stand?”

 

BACKGROUND

As Media Matters has documented, Lou Dobbs’ relentless promotion of “birther” conspiracy theories and Glenn Beck’s assertion that Obama is “a racist” have been hotly debated throughout the media in the past week. Former CNN Chairman Tim Johnson recently told Politico: “It always was my policy (and that of Ted Turner) that anchors and reporters should not present their own personal opinions on the air. ...We did not permit Lou Dobbs or any anchor or correspondent to do that.” A number of other media figures and figureheads have criticized Dobbs and Beck for their recent comments:

 

Again slamming Dobbs' birther theories, Matthews wonders if it's about "not documentation, but pigmentation"

http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200907230001

 

After CNN pres. Klein calls Dobbs' birther coverage "legitimate," Kurtz slams it as "ludicrous"

http://mediamatters.org/clips/200907260002

 

Fox's Chris Wallace: Lou Dobbs looking like "grassy knoll nut," wonders if CNN would advance flat earth theories

http://mediamatters.org/clips/200907300008

 

On Geraldo, Coulter proclaims Dobbs "wrong on this issue" of Obama's birth

http://mediamatters.org/clips/200907270011

 

Mitchell: Beck's and Limbaugh's comments, birthers raise "question [of] whether we live in a post-racial America"

http://mediamatters.org/clips/200907290057

Morning Joe crew slams Beck over Obama is "a racist" comment
http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200907290011

NBC's First Read on Beck's comment that Obama is a "racist": Such rants used to "actually cost the ranters their jobs"

http://mediamatters.org/blog/200907290014

 

MSNBC's Schultz blasts Beck for selling "hate"

http://mediamatters.org/clips/200907290054

 

Media figures have also stated that birth certificate theories like those advanced by Dobbs have a racial component:

 

Politico's Martin: Birthers "can't accept" Obama "is our president," "of course it's about race"

http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200907290053

 

CNN's Martin: Birther's "I want my country back" comment means "How is this black guy all of the sudden running the country?"

http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200907220041

 

MSNBC president calls birtherism "racist"

http://mediamatters.org/blog/200907240043

 

As Media Matters has noted, CNN and Fox News have both avoided taking responsibility for these comments:

 

Fox News Senior VP: Beck calling Obama a "racist" are "his own views, not those of the Fox News Channel"

http://mediamatters.org/blog/200907280055

 

CNN chief Klein misrepresents birther coverage to defend Dobbs

http://mediamatters.org/research/200907290039

 

CNN president Klein on whether Dobbs birther coverage “will damage your credibility”: “I hope not”

http://mediamatters.org/blog/200907280052

 

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