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This AP story about Lou Dobbs (pegged to the ports deal) includes these interesting grafs at the end:
|Dobbs said CNN’s management has backed, even encouraged, him. Jonathan Klein, head of CNN’s domestic operations, said it’s part of a rounded CNN programming lineup.|
“When he gives vent to his point of view, it is very clear that it is his opinion,” Klein said. “He makes no bones about it … A less experienced broadcaster could go way overboard and not give the other side a chance to respond, where I think Lou bends over backwards to make sure that all sides are represented on his program, even if he has an opinion about the issue at hand. That’s the journalist in him.”
So does that mean Klein would give his OK if, for example, Wolf Blitzer were to walk into his office and say he’s angry about the Bush administration’s handling of the Iraq war and wanted to make his opinion known every day on “The Situation Room”?
“I’d be worried that in Wolf it would be inauthentic and it wouldn’t work and he wouldn’t do it right,” he said. “You can’t fake this. You either have it as a burn inside of you or you don’t.”