By Brian Stelter
NY TIMES, August 4, 2009
CNN has worked with the cable operators that carry its channel to block the commercial, which was produced by the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters. According to a CNN employee who requested anonymity, CNN managers said in a morning staff meeting that the channel had invoked unspecified agreements with operators to stop the ad from running.
The ad accuses Mr. Dobbs of
It calls on viewers to
Media Matters sought to buy air time on the cable news channels in Washington, New York and Atlanta this week.
In a statement, CNN said that it
WhoRunsGov first reported that CNN had “privately pressed cable operators not to run” the ad.
Eric Burns, the president of Media Matters, said that CNN’s blocking of the ad