A CNN personality has been in trouble for providing a forum for those who believe President Obama was not born in the U.S. and is ineligible to hold the nation’s highest office.
Despite what some see as overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Lou Dobbs has been one of the last commentators still covering the so-called ‘birthers’ movement.
The conspiracy theory about Obama’s origins began in the 2008 presidential campaign, when a series of emails began to circulate alleging he was a Kenyan citizen, based on the fact that his father was Kenyan.
Obama’s attempt to counter the allegations further stoked the controversy when he posted a short-form copy of his birth certificate on his campaign website. Short-form certificates are printed by the local State Department upon request, while the long forms are issued on the actual day of birth.
However, while most commentators accepted the president was natural-born citizen and after an organization called Factcheck.org published a series of facts last summer about Obama’s birth in Hawaii, Lou Dobbs, known as a vocal critic of illegal immigration, publicly challenged Obama again on July 15 to produce the long form.
According to the New York Observer, this has resulted in the popularity of Lou Dobbs Tonight plummeting— in the last two weeks his audience has decreased 15 percent in total viewers and 27 percent in his core 25-54 demographic— and in calls on CNN President Jon Klein to rein Dobbs in.