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More on-screen "amnesty" from Lou Dobbs Tonight
by Media Matters (reposted)
Saturday Jun 16th, 2007 10:54 PM
Saturday, June 16, 2007 : During the June 14 edition of CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight, the politically charged word "amnesty" once again appeared in captions beneath news reports by CNN correspondents on deliberations over the Senate immigration bill.
It was at least the second time in two weeks that a caption bearing the word "amnesty" has appeared in a news report airing on Dobbs that did not appear in similar reports during other CNN programs. This time, separate reports by White House correspondent Suzanne Malveaux and congressional correspondent Dana Bash were accompanied by on-screen text referring to "Bush's amnesty push," "pro-amnesty senators," and the "amnesty bill," even though both Malveaux and Bash have noted in previous reporting that "amnesty" is a characterization of the bill favored by "critics." When CNN's The Situation Room had aired similar reports earlier that day, the accompanying on-screen text featured the less inflammatory descriptor "Immigration deal," suggesting that Dobbs' program was responsible for adding editorial commentary to what was ostensibly a CNN news report.

On the June 14 edition of The Situation Room , during Malveaux's report on the White House's offer "to spend an additional $4 billion to secure the border," the on-screen text read: "Immigration deal sweetener: Pres. Bush offer to GOP":

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