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Lou Dobbs: ‘If everyone at CNN had been fired for stupid things, they wouldn’t have anyone to fill up the air.’

Former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs appearing on Julie Menin‘s show on NYNonstop, the digital channel of WNBC in New York, continued to bash his former employer, but had a sense of optimism about the new leadership.

  • On Rick Sanchez: “Aside from the lamentable stupidity of what he said, if everyone at CNN — all of the anchors had been fired for stupid things, they wouldn’t have anyone to fill up the air.”
  • On himself: “I’m doing exactly what I want to do … and I don’t have that conflict that I had with the uh, well, specifically, the management of CNN: Jon Klein who has since been fired.”

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Dan Rather: CNN & CBS ‘A Marriage that Makes Sense in Theory’

danrather_5-11.jpgDan Rather appeared on Julie Menin‘s “Give and Take” interview show where he discussed, at length, the possibility of a partnership between his old network, CBS, and cable news net CNN as well as the direction he thinks CNN should be heading.

“I do think there would be advantages to each side, both CBS and CNN. From where I sit…the greatest advantage would be for CNN,” Rather says. “But one doesn’t want to underestimate the internal problems of, in the end, who’s going to have the final say.” Rather says he could see a scenario where “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric, whom he considers an “excellent interviewer,” replaces CNN staple Larry King.

Rather speaks candidly in defense, however, of his old friend King, “[CNN execs] haven’t stood up for him when he’s come under attack or criticism, which is one of the things that good management does,” Rather says. “I can’t believe that [CNN/US President Jon Klein] subscribes to what they haven’t been doing for Larry.”

“The problem for CNN as a whole is not Larry King,” He added. “He has extremely poor lead-ins. He has the toughest competition on television — the 8-10 slot on Fox has done extremely well in terms of ratings. It’s a behemoth.”

Rather sympathizes with what CNN is trying to accomplish in what he calls a “tremendously competitive environment,” but says, “There’s a belief that to be serious you have to be dull. Sometimes I think CNN falls into that trap, which we’ve all fallen into from time to time.”

After the jump, watch the full interview with Rather in which he discusses more about what CNN could do going forward and explains why he thinks Fox News has succeeded.

Related: Check out parts 1, 2, and 3 of TVNewser’s Media Beat interview with Rather for mediabistro.com.

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Air America President Defends Bill O’Reilly’s Free Speech

On her New York Nonstop show, Julie Menin spoke with Mark Green, president of the progressive talk radio network Air America, about whether FNC’s Bill O’Reilly bore any responsibility for the murder of abortion doctor George Tiller. Video below. (If you’re reading this on your mobile device the clip may not show up.)

Other TV writers continue to weigh-in on the issue. In a WaPo column Tuesday morning Howard Kurtz writes, “I’m not going to join the attack. It is perfectly fair to hold the Fox News host accountable for his words and to question whether he has gone too far in personally assailing Tiller time and time again. But is it his fault if some abortion-hating fanatic decides to kill another human being?”

The AP’s David Bauder also filed a story last night: “Liberal commentators have questioned whether O’Reilly’s words, including calling the doctor ‘Tiller the baby killer,’ were too incendiary.”

And Variety’s Brian Lowry writes about the latest salvo. “On Tuesday, O’Reilly was back at it, urging an email campaign to GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt. Seriously, does anybody at Fox think this childish finger-pointing benefits anyone?”

Tables Turned on Roland Martin

As his guest hosting gig on CNN draws to a close, CNN’s Roland Martin opens up about filling in for Campbell Brown. He sat down for an interview with Julie Menin who hosts “Give and Take” on WNBC’s digital channel NY Nonstop. They talked about Monday’s New York Post story on CNN’s ratings. “Total lie,” he calls it. And about other cable hosts – including Glenn Beck calling Beck’s show “train wreck television.” “You want to see this guy go batty.”

• More of the interview here