Friday, November 13, 2009

The view from inside the bubble

CNN is deperately trying to position itself as a straight, unbiased news channel. The New York Times uncritically repeats this spin in this article:

CNN’s Klein Explains the Departure of Lou Dobbs

Jon Klein, the president of CNN/U.S., said Thursday that Lou Dobbs had himself made the decision to end his long association with the cable news network after months of conversations about the direction of the channel away from the kind of opinion-based reporting that Mr. Dobbs preferred.

In a telephone interview, Mr. Klein said Mr. Dobbs had accepted and adapted in recent months to the idea that CNN wanted all of its programs to be free of personal viewpoints. “Lou embraced that but he came to me a few weeks ago and said he’d decided it wasn’t for him,” Mr. Klein said

Cynical spin or sad delusion? Has to be one or the other because the facts are unkind to CNN:

CNN to Lou Dobbs: Don’t Let the Door Hit You….

UPDATE: Nice piece here:

I was Lou Dobbs's last guest

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