Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Is Lou Dobbs Leaving CNN to Fight a Shadow Communist Regime?

I'll admit upfront that that's a snarky and misleading blog headline even though it's written in the form of a question, but as I listened to Lou Dobbs say farewell to CNN this evening, despite his eloquence and gracious tone, I kept thinking he sounds like a man he thinks he's been backed into a corner. Furthermore, it sounds like he's saying the Democratic-controlled congress and the President don't represent him.

Well, he has been one of the people in the news to keep promoting the birthers belief that Obama is not a U.S. citizen. Maybe he really believes what he's saying and he's said. Here's part of the resignation speech he gave tonight on CNN:
I truly believe that the major issues of our time include the growth of our middle class, the creation of more jobs, health care, immigration policy, the environment, climate change, and our military involvement, of course, in Afghanistan and Iraq.

But each of those issues is in my opinion informed by our capacity to demonstrate strong resilience of our now weakened capitalist economy and demonstrate the political will to overcome the lack of true representation in Washington, D.C. I believe these to be profoundly critically important issues and I will continue to strive to deal honestly and straightforwardly with those issues in the future.

Unfortunately, these issues are now defined in the public arena by partisanship and ideology rather than by rigorous empirical thought and forthright analysis and discussion. I'll be working diligently to change that as best I can. And, as for the important work of restoring inspiration to our great free society and our market economy, I will strive as well to be a leader in that national conversation. (Full transcript at CNN)
I've never paid attention to Dobbs, but I know he's had some other bloggers addled and angry, and some activists have called for his resignation or that CNN fire him. Here are some posts that will school you on what's rocked Mr. Dobbs's world lately:
  • Soldedad Obrien, Lou Dobbs, and CNN's Latinos in America: Professor Kim at BlogHer examines in part of this post the following and has video of Dobbs:
    Unfortunately for O'Brien, her colleague Lou Dobbs has so angered Latino activists and bloggers that her quality work is at risk of being ignored. For years, Dobbs has been pushing the narrative that that porous borders and uncontrolled immigration, primarily from Mexico, has weakened the US economy and made us more vulnerable to crime and terrorism.
  • There was a Drop Dobbs campaign. See (Dobbs vs. the Facts), and Media Matters has also kept Dobbs under a microscope and one of its writers asked why CNN would keep a man who doesn't subscribe to fair and balanced reporting. He's obviously partisan.
  • At the blog Anyway I Have To, the blogger wonders at Lou Dobbs's double talk on Obama's birth certificate.
  • At Hatewatch, part of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a staff blogger explained Why I Urged CNN to Take Dobbs Off the Air
    For years, Dobbs has been trading in baseless, conspiratorial claims that originate on the radical right. Most recently, he’s given credence to the utterly discredited claim that President Obama was not born in this country and so is not eligible to be president. It’s a claim that’s been debunked many times over. CNN’s legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin called it “a joke.” But it’s a claim that continues to circulate in radical right circles. James von Brunn, the neo-Nazi accused of killing the Holocaust Memorial Museum guard, for example, promoted the claim on the Internet and berated the media for not taking it seriously.
  • And Professor Tracey at Aunt Jemima's Revenge has had a pet name for Dobbs. She calls him Looney Lou.
  • Over at Crooks and Liars a while back: Lou Dobbs Emulates Glenn Beck With Attack on "Czar" Ron Bloom for Quoting Mao-tse Tung
  • At Hufffington Post, the July 24 article Major Civil Rights Group Demands CNN Remove Lou Dobbs From The Air:
    The SPLC isn't the first group to have demanded the removal of Dobbs. Yesterday, the progressive watchdog group Media Matters blasted out a press release to reporters charging that "CNN has a very serious Lou Dobbs problem."

    And it seemed as though the message was starting to sink in. TVNewser reported today that Jon Klein sent a memo to a group of Dobbs' staffers explaining in no uncertain terms that the whole "birthers" story is "dead." (However, as the Huffington Post article goes onto say, Jonathan Klein, who is president of CNN, backtracked with the tough talk.)
  • Finally, Dobbs complained last month that people have been making threats, shooting at his family,l as Field Negro discusses, and writing on Dobb's resignation, he indicates he thinks Dobbs is headed for Fox News.
Lou says he's moving on to opportunities better suited to him since he and Klein agreed it would best for CNN to release him from his contract. Perhaps he's off to give Rush Limbaugh a run for his money or as I suggested in the beginning of this post, to spin his wheels fighting shadows.


Janet Caldwell said...

Whoa, I didn't hear this. Sounds like a bid to run for office of some sort. Thanks for the info and all the links. xx

Gena said...

I just swung over to Field Negro's take on this. Yep. Fox News is waiting with open arms.

If not, then maybe he'll pan for gold on AM talk radio.

I'm thinking he was constrained on CNN. No matter where he goes I'm sure he is gonna let the inner Fringer run wild.

underOvr (aka The U) said...

Hi Nordette,

I feel somewhat ambivalent about the Dobbs resignation but I don't feel sorry or sympathetic for Dobbs. I regret that not enough Americans understood what his words cost our society.

In July, when I blogged about Dobbs, I was certain that he had sunk to a depth in journalism which relies on innunendo, deception and sensationalism. I felt then that his days on CNN were numbered because he continued to promote the birthers at the expense of legitimate newsworthy topics.

Will Dobbs go to Fox News? I'm sure he would be embraced by the folks at Fox since they mirror his ideology. I personally think Dobbs will find himself in a venue which provides him with the muscle to say whatever he chooses. I wouldn't be surprised to find Lou Dobbs on Satellite Radio.