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Lou Dobbs is a special case

By Edward Schumacher-Matos

A coalition of Hispanic and progressive groups crowed today about the success of their Drop Dobbs campaign against CNN and its advertisers. They deserved to beat their chests. Their latest effort showed that the fragmented Latino movement could find allies and maintain a sustained campaign. Immigrant demonizers have an increasingly formidable opponent.

But Lou Dobbs is a special case. His resignation from CNN had as much or more to do with an internal struggle there as with the outside Latino pressure. And Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck and their ilk needn’t quake over being the next target.

Dobbs is special to Latinos because, since glomming onto the immigration issue in 2004, he hammered it almost nightly. He promoted misinformation linking illegal and low-skilled immigrants to crime, jobs, diseases and practically every social malady imaginable. And he did it with a sneer. As Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center said today, “Dobbs has done more to disdain Latino immigrants in this country than probably any other person.” Even President Obama has singled out Dobbs by name as an obstruction to immigration reform.

But Dobbs was also special inside CNN. He was the only surviving anchor from Ted Turner’s founding CNN team. He is physically big, vocally imposing, intellectually smart (he graduated from Harvard, where I teach) and prodigiously hard working, all of which contributed to an arrogant and abrasive self-righteousness loathed by many inside CNN. Several of his bosses over the years have wanted to fire him, but he was protected, first by Turner and then, for a long time, by his ratings.

Those numbers and his forcefulness were among the reasons he was allowed six years ago to become the first, and still only, CNN anchor mixing news and commentary. A monster was created. Labeling himself with no sense of irony as “Mr. Independent,” he prostituted the network’s reporters, beginning with his own team, which does packaged shows and stand-ups reflecting his concerns. It extended to the network's stars. He put them visibly on the spot on the air by asking leading questions.

Eventually, the Dobbs magic stopped working. His absurd insistence on pursuing the “birther” conspiracy embarrassed the network and fueled the movement by Latinos and progressives to force him out. And with his ratings down, Dobbs was no longer worth the pain for CNN to put up with him. CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein reportedly gave Dobbs an ultimatum: tone down the harsh opinions and tune up the hard news, or get out. Dobbs decided to get out.

But no one should mistake his departure as a sign that opinion is getting out of cable news. CNN may try to cling to anchors who give news with voice and lots of empathy but limited opinion. That formula, however, is losing out to the partisan and overtly opinionated model at Fox and MSNBC. And you can be sure that Fox doesn’t much care what the Latino groups think.

By Edward Schumacher-Matos  | November 12, 2009; 9:46 PM ET
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Oh poor little Illegal Aliens, their feelings are hurt by Lou telling an inkling of truth about what 30% of them realy are like in this country for. Maybe they should try assimilating into our culture instead of wanting Americans to roll over and accept their inability to speak english, obey the law,participate and promote in gang warfare, drugs prostitution,rape,murder and burglary.
Excuse me but they are here ILLEGALLY.

Posted by: jhnjdy | November 12, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

See,even smart people that attended Havard,can fall prey to Mental Illness.
But the future is bright for Mr Wing Nut,Gidget of Alaska will be looking for a running mate in a few years,Lou,You are the man she has been waiting for. The only minor problem to correct,in keeping with Republican "Purity";you may have to get rid of that Hispanic Wife,and Family,and re-marry a member of the threatened majority in America.

Posted by: jeromejmarkiewicz | November 12, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

I always enjoyed his commentaries, and as an immigrant, I appreciated his wholesomeness and honesty. He knows too well that there should be no need to be an illegal immigrant in a nation that has the heart of America. Too many have taken advantage of the system and politicians have coward to acquire votes. Dobbs was right to attack people who skirt the laws. Soon America won't be what it was and then they will have to find new borders or lament coming because they thought it was a Democracy. I love the freedom we enjoyed in education , work and beliefs, but I am saddened to see the change in the last 47 years. At that time, we applied for citizenship five years after arriving, and we proudly pledged allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. I think Lou Dobbs would agree.

Posted by: nicoletaneagoy | November 12, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

I, for one, am happy to see at least one network attempt to put the genie back in the bottle and retreat towards a principled stand of delivering the news without the slant. Although I don't care one iota about the illegal immigration issue, I gave CNN the heave-ho long ago for the Lehrer News Hour and BBC World News. I feel I get better reporting from those organizations than any of the major news networks.

CNN still has work to do. Nancy Grace, comes across to me as a "man hater". She practically hanged in effigy on her show the Duke University Lacrosse players long before they were declared innocent and all charges were dropped. I feel she has no journalistic credibility and I'm tired of the sensationalism.

So CNN needs to continue cleaning house if they want to rise to the standard of journalistic excellence that America desperately needs. The bottom line for me is that I don't want opinions. I want facts. I'm capable of forming my own opinions about them.

Posted by: dragongild | November 12, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

I for one do look to CNN to provide news and not commentary and I found Lou Dobbs crusade against immigration outrageous. I am glad he is gone and I hope CNN never falls into commentary - right or left - again.

Posted by: pauldsawyer | November 12, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Stop the fiction that somehow CNN is a good news network. It's not. It's awful.

CNN used to be good. It really was. 1990, the *world* tuned into CNN. They had an international desk that was the envy of the world.

Remember during the first Iraq war? Those guys had balls and they reported from inside Iraq as the bombs fell. They had anchors that were good, they had reports that were sharp.

Now, the network is an empty shell. Lou Dobbs was worth watching because he wasn't afraid to take on the politically correct illegal latin alien lobby.

So now, if CNN went dark (and that might come to pass yet), I'm not sure many would notice and even less would care.

And this has nothing to do with Lou Dobbs. But I don't understand CNN's reason for being these days.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | November 12, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Very glad to see Lou Dobbs gone. I was one of those who became tired of Lou Dobbs rants. He was against all, and for nothing. His opinions became balistic missiles and bordered on crazy. National news media anchors hold a powerful position on a nightly basis with the nation and the world. The facts better be spot on and the voice better be a calming stable intelligent personna in a world with people who are easily swayed. Not everyone gets their news and world view from a variety of sources. A CNN anchor who reaches millions of viewers at prime time nightly must be logical, and as much as possible informative without being an instigator of extremist thought or fringe movements.

Dobbs had clearly become the latter.

Posted by: howard9 | November 12, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

CNN is America. It has become the trusted news source much as Walter Cronkite had become to the nightly news.

Nancy Grace I might add is of the same crazy ilk which must have followers, but does not represent the respected CNN news format.

Lou Dobbs was not Walter Cronkite. Now as for Nancy Grace, she is clearly in the same crazy ilk which is only a

Posted by: howard9 | November 12, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

What took CNN so long to ditch Dobbs? Was it corporate insanity or were they trying to create and exploit a race war for higher ratings?

To the vast majority of Latinos - Dobbs is the devil incarnate. He comes across as a spiteful and rabid anti-Latino - anti-Mexican - anti-NAFTA racist.

Posted by: alance | November 13, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

All media "NEWS" is commentary; what is, and what is not reported is part of the Commentary" process. Each media outlet salutes one or another form of political correctness - there is little independent objectivity in the "NEWS" business. It is all about spin for ratings. Dobbs ratings were down, reflecting a CNN demographic change; he was no longer a major money maker, and his views were contrary to those
held by CNN management - step on the wrong toes and you get the axe. Lou and Dan Rather will have much in common. U.S. media
sucks !

Posted by: dcitizen | November 13, 2009 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Dobbs is symbolic of a malignancy infecting mainstream journalism. Dobbs and those in his profession like him make Shakespeare's Iago look like a saint. Iago's victims were few; Dobb's et al encompass millions.

Posted by: marrobcastle | November 13, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse

It is indeed a very sad day for American journalism when a powerful organization such as CNN bows to the bullying of one ethnic group to preserve its politically correct image. By firing Lou Dobbs (and let the truth be told here), CNN clearly demonstrates that it: 1) does not care about the American people; 2) does not have the courage to tell the truth; and 3) sacrifices the principle of free speech for the infinitely ridiculous reason of not offending people who have broken the law and are in this country illegally.

I am a Californian; you don't have to be a genius to understand the devasting economic impact that illegal "immigration" has had on this State. Just read the news, CNN!

Posted by: chrissieborn | November 13, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse

CNN is composed of a group of hired hit men and women who are nothing more than psychic manipulators. They are not journalists and should not be treated as such. Their job is to get Republicons (neocons in elephants' clothing) into public office by manipulating the news.

Posted by: marrobcastle | November 13, 2009 1:12 AM | Report abuse

Unless "jhnjdy" is a failed Swift, the posting by jhnjdy is stupid, hate-filled, and self-piteous.

Dobbs is a pasty-faced fool who gets rich inciting jhnjdy type of hatred. Neither Dobbs nor jhnjdy is under-represented in The Post, although the Post's rubber spined Ombudsman should try to get the Post to recruit jhnjdy as a writer to give the paper even more Fred Hiatt like voices.

Posted by: wapoisrightwingrag | November 13, 2009 1:47 AM | Report abuse

Dobbs going is a good thing but for CNN to increase its credibility it will have to clean out a lot more. Over the long run there is a benefit in playing it straight in journalism even if it is not seen as profitable currently. Taken over the long haul fads of extremism take over but eventually the fires of hatred burn out and things settle down. The most hate and destructive period in the US was the McCarthy era but the the future the Fox era will be looked at as an aberration also and might cause a reversal in the swing of fads.
But the Foxificatiion permeating the country is so destructive of debate, reason and intelligence that there is a real risk of destroying the country before people grow tired of it. The country has serious problems, all self inflicted, and they are not addressable in the current climate and glorification of "stupid". The country can't be limited to the bounds of the least informed and least intelligent for formulating policy. The US is fast becoming an uncompetitive nation with functional competency of average Americans being lower than any developed country. The Foxification of the country is a cause and symptom both. Can CNN rise above it? Do we have enough time to find out?

Posted by: km6xz | November 13, 2009 2:13 AM | Report abuse

If CNN is cleaning house then hopefully they'll get rid of the racists also.

Posted by: Slolearner | November 13, 2009 4:12 AM | Report abuse

First I thought Lou was an idiot, then after all the rest started crying and carrying on in their slots - he was much the same as the rest of them. But still an idiot.

I can not watch any of them now - save Charley Rose.

Posted by: gary4books | November 13, 2009 6:08 AM | Report abuse

"Excuse me but they are here ILLEGALLY."

So?

Who sends buses to pick them up in Laredo and come work at low wages and no benefits? Who wants them to be "illegal" so they can not complain? Who will have to work past retirement age if we don't have them to do the work?

Who benefits from them?


Posted by: gary4books | November 13, 2009 6:10 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for this. We hadn't caught this item at my house, yet, and I just read this with my spouse looking over my shoulder. We're beyond delighted that Dobbs is off CNN. He predicts "Mr.Independent" will show up on Fox News next, which I think is kind of what you suggest in the last paragraph. If we can't get these loud-mouthed extremists off the air entirely, maybe segregating them all together in one place (where sane folks can ignore them) is the next best of all possible worlds....

Posted by: martymar123 | November 13, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

The purge of all conservative thought at CNN continues. Is it a coincidence that their numbers have gone down in dirct proportion to this?

I'm amazed Lou Dobbs lasted as long as he did there.

Maybe Dobbs will join FOX NEWS an boost their ratings even more. FOX NEWS seems to reflect American values more than the liberal networks.

As for outlaw immigrants, they have way too much influence over liberal, American media. Why does liberal media take marching orders from Mexico??

That, in itself, seems to make liberal media very unAmerican. Maybe that's why their ratings are shrinking.

If so, rightly so!

Posted by: battleground51 | November 13, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse

You sort of sum it up with the comment "arrogant and abrasive self-righteousness". Not much else to add to that. If I switched to CNN and Lou was on I'd switch the channel or turn off the TV. He has become increasingly painful to watch for years and has driven away many viewers.

Posted by: teub | November 13, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

As an American citizen and former US military serviceman who happens to have been born and raised in a Hispanic culture, I never found anything objectionable in Lou Dobbs presentation of news, his opinions or commentary. If CNN wants to bail out of competing with Fox and MSNBC to take on Telemundo and Univision, that is their call. Dobbs was pretty much the only reason why I tuned into CNN. Six months from now as the CNN movers and shakers look at the drop in viewership, they will understand what Washington has come to realize. Most Americans don't want to reward illegal aliens for trampling on our laws and borders. Most Americans think that importing engineers from abroad under immigration laws that are a scam, while Americans in those fields are unemployed is a betrayal by Congress of our middle class. Polls have consistently shown that Most Americans align better with Lou Dobbs than with Geraldo Rivera or Jorge Ramos.

Lou will land on his feet because he's a brand with a loyal viewership and solid ratings. Since most news networks are businesses, he should not be out of the media for long.

AS far as illegal aliens, theirs is a statutory crime. That means that the moment they commit it, they are criminals. This includes the thousands that each year arrive with tourist visas, obtained under false pretenses, and with no intent to return to their country. Until we repatriate them all, our laws will not be taken seriously. If the current regime threatens taxpaying citizens with sending us to jail for not buying health coverage, how can they stand there and say that booting out twelve million illegal aliens is too large a task?

Maybe they are just too lazy to do the job they campaigned for; the one that involves upholding all the laws of our country and defending us from enemies, foreign and domestic.

Lou Dobbs for President

Posted by: charlie319 | November 13, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

There is also a piece on NYtimes' editorial on Lou Dobbs http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/13/opinion/13fri3.html.
My question is why the rebuttals to Lou Dobbs outlandish voice did not come more forcefully as such before he was kicked out? Now they are talking about the damage already done by Lou Dobbs. Should we also mention the enablers? the enablers that allows Lou Dobbs' poisonous views to spread, that allow Bill Kristol Michael Gerson, Charles Krauthammer platforms?

Posted by: lhao333 | November 13, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Dobbs, with his narcissistic tendencies, specious comments, self-important opinion of his power, has become a cartoon. Adios.

Posted by: jckdoors | November 13, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

My view on why Dobbs is leaving goes back to election time when Obama accused Dobbs of a more extreme position than he actually held on immigration. Since then Dobbs has lost his objectivity concerning Obama and his administration. When ratings fall too, you are a goner. As much as Obama stupidly criticized Fox instead of their actual factual inaccuracies, he looked petty and the same as Dubya that bounced MSNBC. Getting rid of Dunn was smart by the Obama team, making getting rid of Dobbs looking like them having no effect. Dobbs concentrating only on the immigration issue also dropped share when other important issues were left unattended. King is very fair but not quite in the mold of a Tim Russert that asked the biting questions. I wish him well.

Posted by: jameschirico | November 13, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I always laugh when I hear the extremely ethnocentric rantings about Lou Dobb's alleged "racism" from people who like to march in the streets literally chanting "Long Live My Race." Lou speaks for American citizens, not foreign lawbreakers, and there will always be a big audience for his views. Let's hope FOX gives him a great big fat raise when they welcome him aboard. As for the members of The Race who are so offended by Lou's "racism", look in the mirror and ask yourselves why no one is sympathetic to your whining. You first, Matos.

Posted by: MaryJessel | November 13, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Lou Dobbs was CNN Economic Guru!

Remember that!

While the banks were robbing America and his viewers blind- he was worried about a 13 ft southern border fence!

Until they showed a 15 ft ladder!

Lou Dobbs believes that one in four adult Americans possessing a passport is ok.

Lou Dobbs was the ‘MIA’ Economic Guru that has failed the CNN viewers terribly while the Investment Banks robbed the American People

Global Economic 'pundit' is insulting to those of us that do travel the world and appreciate the Global World that our country has failed to step up to.

Lou Dobbs failed terribly in educating the viewers with Global Economics vs. his immigration agenda.

Lou Dobbs failed terribly in educating the viewers with Global Economics vs. his immigration agenda.

Instead of pondering too much on the 'CNN' credibility brand, I just used my remote.

To have such a person, who has failed miserably to the CNN trusted viewers, as a person of knowledge for your crisis is very insulting?

For years, Mr. Dobbs had an agenda.

It was not the economy or the Global Economy that Dobbs focused on, it was an agenda that was constant for years to build ‘southern’ border fence.

Murdoch/WSJ: Dumb it Down- cause that southern border was where 9-11 Hi jAckers crossed- right Lou?

I sent Dobbs an email on 7-18-08:

8.8 Billion USD (Dollars) missing from the Profound Success, you INSIST to proclaim, in Iraq.

What about Afghanistan?

Financial Services Mr. Dobbs?

What has happened to the Financial Services in this country MR. Dobbs?

Did the ILLEGALS do this Mr. Dobbs? Did Obama Mr. Dobbs?

Seems to me, McCain should have warned the American People since he has the experience in the S & L SCANDAL in the eighties?

You recall that don’t you Mr. Dobbs? Where is that 8.8 BILLION USD missing in Iraq?

Cost-Plus Contracting has KILLED many of our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan while taking a shower.

To this date, have you reported any of this?

I asked Dobbs to explain his lack of reporting for CNN- BACK in 2008!

Dumb it Down - Dobbs was a BIG Contributor to that for YEARS!

CNN should be ashamed!

Posted by: sasha2008 | November 13, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Not unusual for the Wapo and the NYTimes to beat a dude up after the fact. At this point even running a spell check of an old Lou Dobbs script is moot. One thing can be said for the man, you either loved or hated what he said; is that such a bad thing ? Opinion always has a way of alienating someone, however, it's presentation is paramount. As Americans we pride ourselves in enjoying a free exchange in the discourse of the day. The moment even a single expression of thought is cowed in to silence by the mob.... is it really something to brag about ?

Posted by: Spartann | November 13, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I used to catch Dobbs about once a year or so. Last time was about a month ago. A whiny, awful show featuring 3rd raters who agreed with St. Lou.

Irrespective of his opinions the quality of that show, if typical, justified his being fired.

Posted by: ohng | November 13, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I always figured CNN kept Lou Dobbs around as a caricature of a "conservative" just to make conservatives look bad. The whole Obama Birth Certificate thing was just stupid. Even Fox news had long denounced it while Lou Dobbs kept at it. "It's a certificate of live birth, not a birth certificate." Sure. Don't bother to check that in at least several states that's the title they use on all birth certificates. And then the extreme anti-immigrant thinly-veiled racism. He gave conservatives a bad name and was worse that 99% of what you see on Fox.

Posted by: sam38 | November 13, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Plain and Simple
CNN is a Sinking Ship and is last place in the ratings.

Dobbs was smart to jump ship while CNN is sinking...

Posted by: ekim53 | November 13, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

jhnjdy.

You are a racist. In fact, you sound exactly like the Bulldog himself that's why he got his fat rear fired, and He WAS fired.

Posted by: esr11 | November 13, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Lou Dobbs was a useful idiot for the left when he hammered Republicans during the Bush Administration. He stoked the fires of intra-party warfare that divided Republicans and stopped President Bush's attempt at immigration reform.

Now that Obama is president and will have to tackle immigration reform, liberals cannot have a dissident on a home team network. So Dobbs has to go. It is part of a media strategy to limit opposing voices to the Fox network and then isolate and deligitimize Fox.

Dobbs is another casualty of partisanship in the Fourth Estate.

Posted by: mandog | November 13, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

this is just another case of letting illegal aliens take over the United States. if they are legal I'm sure they are not offended. i will miss Lou Dobbs, but we must never hurt the illegals feelings. we gave them our jobs and now we are giving them our government. better wake up America.

Posted by: beverly49 | November 13, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

If by "special" you mean "nut", then you are dead on. I think it was his continued interest in the birther nonsense that finally pushed him out of the mainstream rather than the immigration issue.

Posted by: Ga_gal | November 13, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

this article claims that Lou Dobbs promoted "misinformation" linking illegal aliens to crime, etc. Why didn't you cite a specific example with fact as to why it was "misinformation". It's easy to say things without backing them up.

If you look at Prince William County, crime went down over 19% after implementing the "Rule of Law" resolution. During the same time, neighboring Fairfax County who openly welcomed illegal aliens experienced a 19%+ increase in crime. The Virginia State police estimate 90% of MS-13 are illegal aliens. Those are facts that link illegal aliens to crime. There are hundreds of other facts proving the link as well. So where is the misinformation????

Posted by: fighterDC | November 13, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

The birther conspiracy may be silly, but it is no more so than the conspiracy to label Al Gore the winner in the 2000 presidential election. He lost, unless one stands foursquare with the Confederacy's contention that a state supreme court can nullify federal laws. The birther conspiracy is, at least, less dangerous to the Republic.

Posted by: sailhardy | November 13, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

"Lou Dobbs is a special case"

The headlines saids it all.

Posted by: MILLER123 | November 13, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I used to like Lou Dobbs but he's gone the way of the loonies who don't rely on facts or reality and just spew venomous opinions.

He saw the illegals issue (which I personally think is way overblown) as his ticket to stardom and big bucks.

For a man who attended Harvard, this is especially sad. He has the ability to go beyond pandering but has chosen not to do so.

Posted by: chi-town | November 13, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

How can CNN complain about commentary from Lou Dobbs when their other anchors like Rick Sanchez regularly air stories sympathetic to illegals, not to mention CNN's sympathetic documentaries such as "Latino in America".

Also it is not really accurate to say that the other side is defended by Fox News. Fox may not care what Latinos may think, but they closely adhere to the business interests who want cheap American labor. And Fox's business interests do not complain about the outsourcing of American jobs.

Posted by: BabeintheWoods | November 13, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Lou Dobbs spoke the truth. Are we suppose to stick our head in the sand, just because the truth is not politically correct? If anyone is here illegally, he is violating the law, PERIOD. Is that so hard to understand?

Posted by: fridaolay | November 13, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Is it really too much to ask our government to enforce laws? I disagree with Dobbs on many things but he is right about illegal immigration. We had 8 years of President Bush who ignore laws and look what it got us.

America needs to return to a land the believes in laws, and illegal immigrants are just that illegal.

It seems our country has people that want to cry about the rule of law but when it benefits them they want to ignore it.

America needs to cut off all financial assistance to illegal immigrants in schools and medical care and imprison anyone who hires them. Then the illegal immigrants will leave on their own.

How about we start following laws again?

Posted by: KCV257 | November 13, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Looking at CNN's ratings it doesn't look like anyone is going to be around much longer. Wow, those numbers really show CNN is just irrelevant.

Posted by: KCV257 | November 13, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

The only difference between Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh, Is about 50 pounds and about 50 I.Q. points.

Posted by: StevG | November 13, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish! A perennial pessimist blow-hard fear-monger. Just what America needs: to fuel the fire of hatred of others. Oh, how the world looks at jerks like him and laugh at our Harvard educated loud mouth spouting views from the dark ages.

Posted by: sharilynn65 | November 13, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

If you don't like Lou Dobbs the newsman, just wait until he's Senator Dobbs.

Posted by: pmendez | November 13, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

hey matos...
why do you lie...
Lou Dobbs told it as it was...
I guess libes like you don't like it...
sad...

Posted by: DwightCollins | November 13, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

CNN loves this move, they have purging their ranks of anyone center or right thought for some time. I can’t think of anyone at CNN (Pravda) that is right of center. They want to be the new wacko left wing network. They like NBC/MSNBC are a media joke.

The post and their wacko left readers love Dobb’s departure. They silenced another voice that dares to deviate for the left wing script. All is well with MSM now. The only independent thought in media is on Fox, which the elite media thinks they have marginalized.

Recent polls show the American public is wise to the progressive takeover of the so called MSM. They are voting with their dollars and their viewership and the left wing media is quickly becoming bankrupt.

Posted by: nsmithski | November 13, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Spartann wrote: "The moment even a single expression of thought is cowed in to silence by the mob.... is it really something to brag about ?"
If the crowd is made up of illegal immigrants invading the country that's been silenced, then yes it's something for them to brag about. It's something for the invaded nation's citizens to cry about or to wake up and toss their so called representitives out on the street!

Posted by: AForgottenMan | November 13, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

So glad he is gone. I stopped watching CNN because of him.

Posted by: jstewartecu | November 13, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

2 reasons Dobbs is gone; rants and ratings. As far as the rants, whether you agree or disagree with him, Dobbs was evolving into a one trick pony show (I almost called it a news show but it quickly became a Dobbs opinion show) and the viewers started leaving in droves due to the "oh, no, not again!" reaction by most; which leads to ratings, and the lack thereof... How can you diversify and expand your audience and improve ratings if your appeal is to a small segment of that audience, the segment that wants to hear the same opinion over and over....and over.... and over.

Posted by: PeterPamZ | November 13, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Sailhardy; you probably ought to check your facts there on the 2000 election:

1. People who want to make the point that Al Gore won the ELECTION aren't really incorrect, he got more votes. But anyway:
2. You'll find that most legal experts feel that the Supreme Court overstepped THEIR standing in deciding the Florida recount, not that Florida refused to bow to federal regulation

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 13, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Lou Dobbs was forced out by the global financial oligarchy's (Federal Reserve & Bilderberger's) through their ownership CONTROL over the MSM because of his APPROPRIATE INTENSE FOCUS on their boy obama's REFUSING to PROVE he was an American citizen qualified to serve as POTUS...

Who's next? All American taxpayers who must pay for Pelosi's Sickness Bill, who; will be forced to lose their property through the Bilderberger COLLECTION AGENCY, THE IRS as they collect taxes from American taxpayers to pay the EXTREMELY CORRUPT global financial oligarchy through contrived US indebtedness forced upon us by the Federal Reserve...

US government is Machavillian at best, PURE SATANIC EVIL INCARANTE at worst because of the EVIL FINANCIAL BURDEN they want and try to place on US taxpayers...
Indeed, the Bilderberger's (New World Order) real goal is to put HELLACIOUS financial burdens on taxpayers all over the globe...

Posted by: Archarito | November 13, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

It isn't racist to point out that the Beltway Snipers were black (matter of fact, given Muhammad's allegation of a racist conspiracy against him, it is central to the story). And it is not racist to point out crimes and social ills committed by illegals.

Silencing Dobbs -- who has the courage of his convictions -- changes nothing, because illegals will continue to do the things that Dobbs attacked, and viewers will shun a "news" organization that chooses to omit inconvenient truths. There's no difference from CNN getting rid of Dobbs to appease those on the left, and Fox News slanting coverage to maintain its appeal to those on the right. At some point, these companies decide that there's no profit in attempting to maintain a veneer of impartiality, so they embrace a partisan stand in hopes of attracting viewers of that political viewpoint.

The fact is, the country is changing, and political power is shifting away from Anglos. You have to expect a rear-guard action, just like there was a backlash against gains by blacks. I personally think Dobbs is just the tip of the iceberg; I don't expect Anglos to cede their hegemony peacefully.

Posted by: gbooksdc | November 13, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

You don't mind them picking your crops, or serving or cooking your food, or cleaning your homes.

What do you suppose you would do with them?

Posted by: JRM2 | November 13, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

"Oh poor little Illegal Aliens, their feelings are hurt by Lou telling an inkling of truth about what 30% of them realy are like in this country for. Maybe they should try assimilating into our culture instead of wanting Americans to roll over and accept their inability to speak english, obey the law,participate and promote in gang warfare, drugs prostitution,rape,murder and burglary.
Excuse me but they are here ILLEGALLY.

Posted by: jhnjdy | November 12, 2009 10:47 PM "
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I hear ya, I think that they should have to learn english. I hate it when I go into a KMART and there are more signs in Spanish than in English. If you want to live in a culture, you don't have to abandon your culture, just try to do in Rome what Romans do.

The problem is they can make more in one hour working a labor job than they can make in two days in Mexico. I know there are multi-national corporations operating in Mexico but they pay squat, give no benefits and don't invest in the community. They drive out other businesses that could give employment opportunities to Mexican nationals.

Another thing I really dislike is that there are construction companies in California that low-ball a job, hire unskilled Mexican labor (thus not hiring guys who are master carpenters) then build these structures with shoddy workmanship just good enough to satisfy the inspectors and then tack on extra charges driving up the cost.
It sucks, but what can we do with them?

Posted by: JRM2 | November 13, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

If you don't want Mexican gangs operating in America don't buy drugs.

Posted by: JRM2 | November 13, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Depending on your love/hate perspective of Lou Dobbs, You have to admit he tackled some of the worst problems that have plagued this country for the last forty years which the mainstream media has refused to report on for the last thirty. Mainly the export of our jobs, the corporatization of our government, a government that neither listens to nor responds to the wants and needs of the people and the unfettered influx of illegal aliens pouring across our borders. So if you're a latino lover it's a great time in the old town tonight. If you're a send 'em all back kinda guy, you've lost the only friend of Middle Class Americans left on the tube.

Posted by: pogoze | November 13, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

It was disturbing over the past 7-8 years to watch Lou Dobbs morph from a fairly rational and reasonable anchor to an angry, sputtering, fuming, and self-righteous (not to say pompous) extremist. I watched a lot of Lou Dobbs until, finally, I couldn't stand the man. He was embarrassingly angry and emotional. He got paranoid, afraid, pious. I really felt embarrassed for him. I hated to watch him for the last few years. It was cringeworthy.

I think it will turn out that he's suffering from early dementia.

Posted by: cturtle1 | November 13, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

JRM2 wrote: "You don't mind them picking your crops, or serving or cooking your food, or cleaning your homes.

What do you suppose you would do with them?

I'd like for some of those unemployed Americans that have just been granted extended unemployment benefits to pick and cook food for Americans.

Posted by: AForgottenMan | November 13, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

I admired lou dobbs speaking out about illegal aliens..the truth hurts doesn't CNN? How about sanchez and that latino in america bit? Lou dobbs showed you all up for the liberal stanz you all took. Maybe getting some better looking women (LIKE FOX} would help you all.

Posted by: tinagray | November 13, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

CNN didn't oust Mr. Dobbs because it suddenly developed a conscience.

CNN ousted Dobbs because it FINALLY became conscious of the fact that advertisers were bailing.

There was a time, with memory of this writer, when CNN was the "go to" source for news and formation.

If any of you think that removing Saint Lou is being do because CNN wants to go BACK to being the "go to" source, think again. CNN wants to be the GO TO source for paid advertising.

Hate no longer sells like it used to.

Posted by: Va_Lady2008 | November 13, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

I heard Mr. Dobb is heading to the US-Mexico border to join the minuteman project to arrest and deport hispanics. Hopefully the one who may fill his vacant at CNN poses SSN, US citizenship, "valid" drivers license, blue eyes, no accent when speaking english, and hate "burritos". By the way, he must learn that illegal aliens come from around the world not only from Mexico.

Posted by: SISP | November 13, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Dobbs will not be missed by me. I quit watching over a year ago. His hateful rant against Latinos brought back many memories from my own past. My Grandparents came from Poland and Russia and were not treated kindly when they got here. My father was Navy with a weird foreign name. We were Catholic living in Norfolk Virginia. Back then they hated The Navy Hated Catholics, anyone with a foreign name. Times have changed, I know. Now in Virgina we have moved on and the new enemy has a Latino name.

Posted by: fabricmaven1 | November 13, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Was it a hangover? A shortage of Tums after too many hot wings? The lingering effects of a hemorrhoid?

We may never know why, but one morning, a sleepy, plump Lou Dobbs looked in the mirror and beheld an oracle.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | November 13, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Lou Dobbs was the only reason I ever watched CNN. Hope he ends up on Fox News.

I guess illegal liberals shooting at his wife and house put him over the edge.

CNN is last place and sinking further, just like all these Dobbs negative posters here. You dims are history next election.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | November 13, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

1. Charlietuna666, the NJ State Police have already refuted Dobbs' wild claim that someone shot at his house. Even he never claimed anyone shot at his wife. You're pulling facts out of your arse, just like ... Lou Dobbs.

2. When a stray hunter's bullet hit Dobbs' attic (the police's conclusion, not mine), he didn't actually blame 'illegal liberals', as you do. He blamed the 'liberal media'. That alone should tell you that he's an unhinged conspiracy theorist.

3. To the guy who wrote 'Lou Dobbs spoke the truth. Are we suppose to stick our head in the sand, just because the truth is not politically correct?'
No. Lou Dobbs didn't tell the truth. In fact, Lou Dobbs was repeatedly caught making up facts and presenting them as news. He claimed illegal immigrants made up one-third of convicts in US prisons (wildly untrue), and that 30,000 illegals were carrying tuberculosis (also wildly untrue). He was called out on these lies and had to publicly retract them, but he kept making up new ones (like charlietuna666).

Any anchor who makes up lies and presents them as news doesn't deserve his job ... even if he's not a racist arsehole.

Posted by: kenonwenu | November 13, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

OH JEZUS PLEEZE ITS "FAUX NEWS"

Posted by: willemkraal | November 13, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Why stop at Senator Dobbs. As an Independent he stands a very good chance of defeating Obama or any neocon, con, or any other Palin clone the Repubs pick up on the streets of downtown Nome.
I happen to agree with everything Lou said, although I never cared for his panel of experts, you know, the pundits who purport to know it all, and make a career of telling it all. This forum seems to have a preponderance people who agree with Mr. Matos and obviously not everyday watchers of Lou Dobbs. Well, they're right after a fashion. Lou was a special case. There was NO ONE in the media or on the campaign trail who told the truth like he did, and the truth did hurt those with illegal alien causes, outsourcing of jobs, selling our freeways and ports to Arabs and the like, building the NAFTA highway, etc., etc., etc.
I for one hope he launches his campaign for President right away as I wish to be first in to sign on. CNN and the rest of the Lou Haters can take a flying fling at a rolling donut.
LOU FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!

Posted by: pogoze | November 13, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

we certainly hope beck will be the next paranoid ranting loony to get booted.
dobbs is like the family values repugs who denounce gays,blacks and any and all immigrants, yet will get caught toe tapping in airport restrooms, and leaving their family and job on father's day to visit his soul mate in brazil.lest we forget those who will patronize the high priced hookers (and some low priced ones too)
dobbs is a self hating bigot who happens to be married to an hispanic.

Posted by: ninnafaye | November 13, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

I am so glad Lou Dobbs won't be on CNN anymore, now I can go to that station and not have to worry about seeing his face and hearing his hateful words. I especially hated it when he referred to indigenous migrants as "illegal aliens!"

Posted by: quintanilla50 | November 14, 2009 4:11 AM | Report abuse


Lou Dobb's never backed off calling out lawmakers to uphold our laws....yes, he stood for law abiders in the U.S. vs. lawbreakers......whatever he does next he will not change.

His live-in inlaws are mexican American citizens, and they agree with him that there is a RIGHT way to become full fledged citizens.

NO AMNESTY....get in line!

LA RAZA and Southern Poverty 'Law' center be dam*ed...................

Posted by: DiscerningCitizen | November 14, 2009 4:28 AM | Report abuse

Every time I see his permed hair I wonder how long he spends each day looking into a mirror.

Lightweights do not always appreciate that they lack intellect.

Dobbs should be put out to pasture. It wouldn't be fair to us if we had to listen to him pontificate. So far, he has talked a lot but he has little to say. I guess, if he goes, I won't have to change channels as often.

Posted by: robertjames1 | November 14, 2009 5:19 AM | Report abuse

In my opinion, Lou Dobbs represented the most negative point in CNN, and I stopped following his program a long time ago after figuring out its distorted nature. However, he cannot compare to Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck and most of those who appear on FOX.

O’Reilly is a wicked (evil) person. He resorts to lies, as was the case during the propaganda of lies that led to the war in Iraq, and he incites violence and terrorism by attacking abortion doctors and some of whom were killed, possibly due to this type of incitement by him and others. He also frequently mislead his viewers basically on any single issue; for example, he already concluded before the beginning of any trial that the latest shooting in Texas was an act of terrorism, pretending not to know the meaning of terrorism, and I do not think O’Reilly is stupid or illiterate. The alleged shooter could be simply a maniac confused with religion.

Glenn Beck is a different type of bread, he is simply mentally sick, and who thinks that communism, socialism, Nazism, fascism, liberalism all mean the same thing. He would naturally fit the illiterate right wing believers.

Posted by: farid-f | November 14, 2009 6:52 AM | Report abuse

How can you state that CNN does not encourage or employ opinionated anchors?

I have burned into my memory the vision of Soledad O'Brien and Rolland Martin - in a dashiki - extolling the brilliance and power of the Reverend Wright after his Press Club speech.

Watching this, I thought "Isn't someone going to fire these two?" Apparently not. The bias they showed earned them promotions and now they prattle on about whatever they 'feel' on endless panels and both have been given featured stories to cover - on Latinos and Blacks.

Surprise, surprise, this footage has 'disappeared', never to be aired again.

HELLO. That performance is much much more biased than anything Lou Dobbs every said. I wish I had recorded it as the interpretation of US history and politics was beyond warped - just like the Honorable Reverend who mentored our President, his family, his wife, her family and - many many of their friends.

I will miss Lou Dobbs as he counter balanced the fluff of most, the gravitas of repetative Blitzer and the bias of Amanpour.

Posted by: mnyc | November 14, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Amazing, all of these people defending Dobbs crusade against ILLEGAL immigrants. Kinda convienent isn't it? When the Mayflower landed, and in their first act on American stole, stole the seed corn that the native americans had stored for the coming year- there were no immigration laws. Those laws were invented by european immigrants, trying to shut the door behind them. This Hypocrisy was fronted by Dobbs, but it runs deep in WASP America- as if they "stole this country fair and Square."

Is it too much to remember, that the Southwest belonged to Mexico- including California and Texas, before maurading white colonists decided it should be theirs? Hawaii was taken over by U.S. Matines at the behest of the children of AMERICAN missionaries that had come to save Hawaii. It would seem that the most dangerous immigrants are white anglo saxons.

Posted by: interactenglish | November 14, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

AMF CNN! Mr. Dobbs, I'm looking forward to your straight talk on another network, hopefully soon. You were the last of the reasonable commentators on the old, ragged, worn out CNN. Let them fall into their own bigoted, race-baiting, disrespectful, PC slime as they make the continued fall down.

Posted by: IsThisAPoliticallyCorrectMyPostID | November 14, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

As a nightly viewer of Lou Dobbs for years I will miss his commentary. He always had a lot of indepth topics others don't do and more than the ordinary pundits we are forced to endure every day as they make the rounds from channel to channel. Hispanics didn't like his anti illegal immigration stance and the open borders and always said he was anti immigration instead. However they were always invited and welcomed on his show. Democrats don't like he mentioned the birthers and decided he would be the next target for them since he dared even let viewers know what it was. Dobbs was an equal opportunity critic and praiser of both political parties. I guess those rare breed are no longer allowed by democrats who feel that their darlings of MSNBC are the model that must be followed. It appears that the media bigwigs are now down to looking at threats of boycotts in the deliverance of their news. I presume we can look soon to media where we all turn to one channel for anything against the president in office, and one channel for anything for the president in office. Forget about facts - we can call it the Republican channel, and the Democratic channel and all us independents will be ignored as usual until voting time comes around.

Posted by: justmyvoice | November 14, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Lou spoke out about issues that the Obama Administration wants swept under the carpet. Bravo to him....too bad some got their feelings hurt. He will do well on the speaking circuit and he will be able to speak his mind..not what those cowards at CNN want him to speak about. All the kumbayn chanting about Obama wont hide the fact that he is not qualified to be Prez and also that illegals are flooding our borders and crime is increasing because of it. you go Lou...keep on talking the talk...Americans are waking up

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | November 14, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

The firing of Lou Dobbs is just another example of sinister censorship from the left.

Posted by: Jerzy | November 14, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Lou Dobbs is a bigot who fans the flames of hatred and intolerance among those in our population who are easily manipulated and whose feelings of hatred need only a respectable venue in order to come out of the closet.

Nothing will change this: Lou Dobbs demonized undocumented residents of the US with loathsome lies, mostly through innuendo. He, and CNN, are responsible for the flames of hatred he fanned among a large group who are easily given to hate.

His reading of his e-mail/letters subtly implied that he represented true patriots who alone could rescue this nation from the barbaric hordes that had invaded it and that those who thought as he did were the only true patriotic Americans. Typical of the hard right.... and dangerous.

Lou Dobbs was a right wing demogogue and the real news here is not his firing. The real news is how long it took CNN to do it.

Posted by: flamingliberal | November 14, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Another illegal immigrant sex criminal strikes again:


Nelson Mendez-Depaz has been charged with first-degree sexual abuse, and is being held in the Putnam County Jail without bail. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has also placed a retainer on the suspect.


-Deborah Schurman-Kauflin Ph.D. of the Violent Crimes Institute reports that the U.S. illegal alien population includes at least 240,000 sex offenders. Based on various studies, it is estimated that they will commit 130,909 sex crimes annually.

-63 percent of the sex crimes committed by illegal aliens, were done so by previously deported criminals.

-Between 2003-2008, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, through Operation Predator, arrested 11,600 illegal aliens for crimes including child pornography, child sex tourism, human smuggling and trafficking of minors, and child molestation and rape.

Dobbs, in his small way tried to stem this invasion that is costing liive, billions in tax dollars, and bankrupting cities and states.

Pelosi and her Nancy-boys are willing to fine and imprison American citizens who don't sign up for her mandatory health care but will exempt illegals who leech off the system.

Posted by: NAuchi | November 14, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Schumacher-Matos,

As an editorialist you suck. You seem to have invented your facts out of latino thin air. Regarding your despicable attack on Lou Dobbs, there is not one onza of truth in your rabid, racist ramblings. It's very obvious you are greatly in favor of illegal aliens abusing this country's laws and good will. Get a life, or go join La Raza, which is probably the single most racist organization in the country, where you rightfully belong instead of hiding behind your big old newspaper pretending to be a journalist.

Posted by: pogoze | November 14, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

I used to think Harvard was a great educational institution. Well, maybe it used to be. Anyway, my congratulations to Lou Dobbs.

Posted by: allamer1 | November 15, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Those of you who favor illegal immigration should write a letter to Congress and tell them how you feel. Be sure to include your willingness to pay for the costs illegal aliens impose on this country by yourselves. This includes their education, health, correctional and welfare costs. If you want illegal immigration, than YOU pay for it.

Posted by: Lester5 | November 15, 2009 7:25 AM | Report abuse


One less clown at the Carnival News Network doesn't erase the years of obvious conservative bias in the network news media. It doesn't erase the outright lies, misrepresentations, disinformation, getting it wrong, all the while cheerleading an illegitimate president, and an illegitimate republican war without end. The plan was simple, create an atmosphere of imminent threat by the enemy de jour (just like the nazis). It really didn't matter who, Islamics, Mexicans, Asians, anyone of color from black to lightly tanned, anyone who had a non-christian religeon, anyone who refused to bow down to the unitary executive and corporatist wealth and power. The news media was the ultimate enabler of an Orwellian nightmare of catastrophic proportions:

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq "1,339,771"
www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html
=
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,680
icasualties.org/oif/

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,518
http://icasualties.org/oef/

=
Cost of War in Iraq
$700,404,342,508
Cost of War in Afghanistan
$231,641,291,996


Lou Dobbs was just doing the job CNN wanted him and everyone else at the Carnival to do.

Posted by: MrTruth | November 15, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse


One less clown at the Carnival News Network doesn't erase the years of obvious conservative bias in the network news media. It doesn't erase the outright lies, misrepresentations, disinformation, getting it wrong, all the while cheerleading an illegitimate president, and an illegitimate republican war without end. The plan was simple, create an atmosphere of imminent threat by the enemy de jour (just like the nazis). It really didn't matter who, Islamics, Mexicans, Asians, anyone of color from black to lightly tanned, anyone who had a non-christian religeon, anyone who refused to bow down to the unitary executive and corporatist wealth and power. The news media was the ultimate enabler of an Orwellian nightmare of catastrophic proportions:

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq "1,339,771"
www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html
=
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,680
icasualties.org/oif/

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,518
http://icasualties.org/oef/

=
Cost of War in Iraq
$700,404,342,508
Cost of War in Afghanistan
$231,641,291,996


Lou Dobbs was just doing the job CNN wanted all the clowns at the Carnival to do.

Posted by: MrTruth | November 15, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Dobbs is a vile human being (sub-human would probably be more accurate) - dinosaurs like Dobbs are looked on with more distain than acceptance with the younger population that is more open minded and accepting.

Good riddance to bad rubbish. CNN made the right decision, and kudos to the groups that facillitated his departure.

Posted by: NotFooledTX | November 16, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

As a Latina I very proudly signed the Drop Dobbs petition and would do it again. I'm tired of bigoted whites trying to blame everything and anything on the Latino community. Dobbs, like most white trash, should be put out to the curb.

I hope we can get rid of more whites like Dobbs from the broadcasting industry.

Posted by: missgrundy | November 16, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

During the first years Lou Dobbs forwarded the immigration debate we were fans. We quit tuning in Dobbs a while back because in our opinion he was going, going...gone over the line. The final straw for us when Dobbs went after Obama for not doing enough even though Obama had only served a few weeks as President. We never watched any shows when he roiled about the "birther" issue.

We are Indpendents in our 70's who usually vote Republican; that was, until President Bush invaded Iraq and oversaw taxpayer give-aways to coporate recipients of no-bid contracts. It was a no-brainer for us to vote for Kerry in '04 and Obama in '08.

We turned on Dobbs by accident sometime about a month ago, and he looked, and sounded like he was...shall we say, tight? Perhaps a 3-martini lunch when everyone lost count?

So long Lou! We hope you go into treatment and get some "chill pills".

Posted by: Vunderlutz | November 16, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Lou was certainty loud and bombastic. But he clearly attacked Congress and the failings of law enforcement to stop illegal immigration NOT legal immigration.

He was certainly the victim of smears from the Left.

Now I suppose CNN will finally remove opinionated Rick Sanchez ? and the obnoxious smirking "teabaggers"-originator Anderson Cooper ?

nah. they are darlings of the Left.

Posted by: pvilso24 | November 16, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

The article talks about false information that Dobbs gave. Generalities are cheap. Do you have any specifics, or do you just dislike the politics?

Posted by: jack29 | November 16, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Dobbs..how come you did not report the fact that the Bush Administration let them come in and did not document them?

Why did you take away their temporary work permits?

ISA

Posted by: Issa1 | November 16, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I used to watch Lou Dobbs daily when his segment called "war on the middle Class" was running for 8 years during the Bush Administration. But then at some point Lou snapped and blamed Mexican illegal aliens for all our economic conditions, health condition, and any future disaster that may strike us. In the meantimes, he had illegal aliens working at his home and taking care of his horses. That was quite hypocritic of Lou.

Posted by: Single_Payer | November 16, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

What to scratch tickets, GEDs and Lou Dobbs have in common?

Posted by: steveboyington | November 16, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

The only place left for Dobbs now is FauxNews. His credibility among the educated portion of America is long shot. But Faux has no standards, just that you spout hate and fear regularly. He would fit right in. Sadly, that audience is large in the trashy Taliban-controlled areas of this country, so he's got a paycheck from them.

Posted by: B2O2 | November 17, 2009 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Only in America can someone get fired because illegal (broke the law) immigrants protested that he shouldn't be pointing out that they broke the law and should be rounded up and sent back. Which most polls indicate is a commonly held view. Only in America can illegal (broke the law) immigrants get free government (tax payer funded) healthcare, free public (tax payer funded) schooling, drivers licenses and in state (taxpayer subsidized) college tuition. Amazing. What a great country.

Posted by: RobT1 | November 17, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Presenting news with opinion or influenced by opinion and representing it as hard news is like presenting altered photos which were always repulsive to me. And it is easy with computers.

Posted by: digby2 | November 17, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

The fact that the third world is what the U.S.A. is joining is somehow missed. When I drive through parts of New York City and see no signs in English, I know that there are illegal aliens about in force with local government approval.

Learn English or else. It will not last forever. When the Chinese dump U.S. Treasuries the game will be completed. When you Ivy League lawyers attempt to cut the hearts out of people who have lived here for hundreds of years there will be a reaction despite the illegal invasion. We will cut your hearts out.

We will not allow you to turn the U.S.A. into yet another third world hell hole.

Posted by: maertskard | November 17, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

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