An ad criticizing CNN host Lou Dobbs will not be seen during his show, thanks to the news network's parent company, Time Warner Inc.
Dobbs put himself in the middle of controversy by repeatedly featuring so-called "birther" groups, who believe President Obama was not born in the United States, and thus is not qualified to be President. Even though he entertains their opinions, Dobbs has said he believes Obama was indeed born in the country.
A watchdog group called "Media Matters" says the debate is "false" and a "conspiracy," and is critical of Dobbs for continuing the dialogue. So it created this ad:
The group bought time on CNN, hoping to air the spot during Dobbs' show this week. But Time Warner stepped in, and now five of the six cable operators in New York, Washington and Atlanta have refused to run the ad. In addition to its own Time Warner Cable in New York, Cablevision Systems Corp. in Brooklyn and the Bronx and a Comcast Corp. division in Washington and Atlanta rejected the spot, according to Jessica Levin, a spokeswoman for Media Matters.
CNN spokeswoman Christa Robinson said, "CNN retains the right to object to any ad run by the cable operator on our network whose purpose is to attack CNN or our employees."
The ad is still set to run on FOX News and MSNBC in those three markets.