CEA’s Shapiro Challenges CNN’s Dobbs to Debate
The head of the Consumer Electronics Association is trying to take the group’s free trade campaign to a new place- CNN. Gary Shapiro, the CEA’s president and CEO, has challenged CNN talk show host Lou Dobbs to a live debate on Dobbs’ show.
At issue are Dobbs’ hard-line stances on trade and protectionism; the CEA supports unfettered free trade, and has been lobbying Congress to upheld existing free trade agreements, as well as to grant trade promotion authority to the president.
Shapiro said in a statement that Dobbs’ “anti-trade comments on his cable show and his refusal to grant equal time to opposing viewpoints are inconsistent with CNN’s great legacy as a pioneering news network. We are hopeful that CNN will wish to retain its credibility and allow equal time for pro-free trade viewpoints.”