Dobbs' Ratings Plummet After Birther Talk

Questioning prez birth certificate scares off 15% of viewers
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2009 5:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – Even Bill O'Reilly thinks that Lou Dobbs' continuing sympathy with the birther movement questioning President Obama's birth certificate is just a ploy "to get ratings, trying to be provocative." But if Dobbs is pushing conspiracy theories to bump up viewership, it isn't working, reports the New York Observer. Over the past two weeks Dobbs' ratings on CNN have dropped 15%, and among the 25-54 demographic, he's down 27%.