"The truth is, Dobbs has done as much as anyone to poison the immigration debate by repeatedly reporting false information about immigrants.
The most outrageous statement was his claim that immigrants were responsible for bringing thousands of new cases of leprosy to the United States during a recent three-year period. He also lent legitimacy to conspiracy theories, such as the claim that undocumented immigrants are part of a plot to reconquer the American Southwest. Most recently, he gave credence to the utterly baseless idea that President Obama is not a native-born American citizen."
by SPLC President Richard Cohen
"And now, in the ultimate betrayal of the faux-populist shtick he's been riding all these years, Dobbs told Telemundo (in an interview caught by the Wall Street Journal) that he now favors the very legalization process for unauthorized immigrants that he's long derided as a brain-dead "amnesty" policy pushed by pernicious liberal elites in order to keep down the wages of good, hardworking Americans." by Joshua Holland AlterNet
Birthers, North American Union ,New World Order, Immigration Invasion Hysteria, Hate Mongering, Supports White Supremacist groups -The Minutemen, John birchers
Dobbs' History of Hate and Paranoia-Sept. 15, 2009
Fact-checking Lou Dobbs
March 11, 2008
Truth In Immigration
Truth In Immigration
Following a report on illegal immigrants carrying diseases into the U.S., one of the correspondents on his show, Christine Romans, told Dobbs that there have been 7,000 cases of leprosy in the U.S. in the past three years. 60 Minutes checked that and found a report issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, saying that 7,000 is the number of leprosy cases over the last 30 years, not the past three. The report also says that nobody knows how many of those cases involve illegal immigrants.
"We went to try and check that number, 7,000. We can't...," Stahl says.
"Well, I can tell you this. If we reported it, it's a fact," Dobbs replies.
Lou Dobbs, Looking at Public Office, Says He's in Favor of Policy He Used to Spin as "Shamnesty for Illegals" By Joshua Holland, AlterNet. Posted November 26, 2009.
Dobbs said he now favors the very legalization process for unauthorized immigrants that he's long derided as a brain-dead "amnesty".
First, under pressure from above, Lou Dobbs gave up on the birther conspiracy theories.
Then he said that perhaps he'd been wrong to assert that illegal immigrants were spreading leprosy far and wide across the U.S. (or at least he claims to have said he'd been wrong).
And now, in the ultimate betrayal of the faux-populist shtick he's been riding all these years, Dobbs told Telemundo (in an interview caught by the Wall Street Journal) that he now favors the very legalization process for unauthorized immigrants that he's long derided as a brain-dead "amnesty" policy pushed by pernicious liberal elites in order to keep down the wages of good, hardworking Americans.
If you've followed Dobbs' career at all, you'll understand that this is no standard-issue flip-flop:
Former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs, pondering a future in politics, is trying to wipe away his image as an enemy of Latino immigrants by positioning himself as a champion of that fast-growing ethnic bloc.
In a little-noticed interview Friday, Mr. Dobbs told Spanish-language network Telemundo he now supports a plan to legalize millions of undocumented workers, a stance he long lambasted as an unfair "amnesty."
Mr. Dobbs twice mentioned a possible legalization plan for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., saying at one point that "we need the ability to legalize illegal immigrants under certain conditions."
Lou Dobbs: Legalize Illegal Aliens
Lou Dobbs gets nailed by Maria Celeste for lying about immigrants being lepers. thumpandwhip.com
Funny bit by the Young Turks on Lou Dobbs- Dobbs has the gall to claim he has integrity and only reports the facts in an honest manner. His vile attacks on undocumented immigrants were far from honest as he interviewed right-wing racists who claimed to be experts. He claims he is above partisanship and ideology which is just another big lie about himself as he was more interested in whipping up his base of Uberconservatives, Nativist and racists.The question is will Lou Dobbs become even more influential by leaving CNN and becoming more involved in politics.
What's the Real Reason Lou Dobbs Left CNN? The Young Turks
Nov. 12,2009 watch more at http://www.theyoungturks.com
Lou Dobbs for president! The former CNN host sounds like he's running for office -- and if so, he's a GOP nightmare By Joe Conason at Salon.com Nov 12, 2009
The evening of Nov. 11, when Lou Dobbs formally ended his career in journalism, may mark the beginning of a political nightmare for conservatives. In his departing remarks, he surely hinted at bigger ambitions when he said that "some leaders in media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond the role here at CNN and to engage in constructive problem solving as well as to contribute positively to the great understanding of the issues of our day."
The next day, in his first radio broadcast after resigning from the news network, he appealed directly to independent voters, whom he said "dominate the registration rolls in this country for the first time," and went on to criticize President Obama as a leader who "focuses on the partisan and racial" in a "21st century post-partisan, post-racial society."
Having observed the former CNN anchor for many years, including a number of recent appearances on his nightly broadcast, I suspect that he may well nurture ambitions to run for president, as reported in the trade press -- and could mount a formidable campaign drawing upon the same resentful remnant that Republicans hope to mobilize in 2012. Except that he probably won't be running as a Republican.
Thanks to the crusade mounted against him by Media Matters for America, Presente.org and a host of other progressive and ethnic organizations, Dobbs is known most widely these days for his inflammatory attacks on illegal immigrants. Stoking nativist paranoia, he has blamed undocumented workers for problems both real and imaginary, from lost jobs and violent crime to increasing leprosy and conspiracies against U.S. sovereignty. On more than one occasion, he has encouraged far-right suspicions about Barack Obama's citizenship, allowing the "Birthers" to spout their theories on a network that had already discredited them (even on his own program). As those incidents were documented repeatedly and amplified by his critics, the tension between Dobbs and CNN executives inevitably rose toward a breaking point.
But in Lou's own mind, at least, there is more to the Dobbs brand than stoking white fears and resentments. Unlike Patrick Buchanan, a populist who more or less admits that he is a racist and Nazi sympathizer, Dobbs resents accusations of prejudice (and happens to be married to a Mexican-American woman -- with whom he lives on a 300-acre horse farm in New Jersey).
The image that he has crafted for himself over the past several years is "Mr. Independent," an identity that has always seemed more appropriate for a political candidate than a news anchor. Mr. Independent is a star-spangled superhero, dazzling enemies with his ferocious smile as he restores truth, justice and the American Way to a grateful "independent nation." If that sounds like a ridiculous exaggeration, check out his Web site.(Lou Dobbs on the web)
The Southern Poverty Law Center takes some credit along with Media Matters etc. for exerting enough pressure on CNN and its advertisers that finally they caved and bought Lou Dobbs out of his contract for 8 million dollars.
Statement by SPLC President Richard Cohen on the Departure of Lou Dobbs from CNN at Southern Poverty Law Center Nov. 11, 2009
Earlier this year, we called upon CNN to remove Lou Dobbs from the air for trading in falsehoods and racist conspiracy theories. Tonight we are glad that Dobbs has announced his departure from his influential position at CNN.
In his announcement, Dobbs complained that the public debate over important issues is now defined by "partisanship and ideology rather than rigorous empirical thought and forthright analysis and discussion."
The truth is, Dobbs has done as much as anyone to poison the immigration debate by repeatedly reporting false information about immigrants. The most outrageous statement was his claim that immigrants were responsible for bringing thousands of new cases of leprosy to the United States during a recent three-year period. He also lent legitimacy to conspiracy theories, such as the claim that undocumented immigrants are part of a plot to reconquer the American Southwest. Most recently, he gave credence to the utterly baseless idea that President Obama is not a native-born American citizen.
Dobbs was certainly capable of fine journalism. But, as his ratings grew, he became a prisoner of the independent image he tried to cultivate, someone seemingly incapable of admitting a mistake. CNN should have asked him to resign long ago.
Mark Potok of Media matters laments that Lou Dobbs didn't just change his attitude and become more honest in his reporting and thereby become an example for other media journalist to follow. Instead Lou Dobbs chose the low road appeared to get more beligerent and down right nasty in his views and in his interviews.
Earth to Lou: It Could Have Been Different
by Mark Potok on November 12, 2009
Dobbs UPDATED: So, what really happened to Lou Dobbs? media Matters November 12, 2009 by Karl Frisch
It didn’t have to end this way for Lou Dobbs. He could have been a contender.
But Dobbs, a supremely self-confident man who often mentions his Harvard education in private conversation, just wouldn’t listen. Time after time, as the “Lou Dobbs Tonight” show he has hosted on CNN since 2003 grew more rabidly critical of undocumented immigrants, he was warned of the kind of people he was putting on his show. He was told that many of the “facts” he was presenting just weren’t so. At first, he was gently called out for his defamations of Latino immigrants, then, as his tone grew sharper still, he was subjected to all kinds of public criticism from human rights groups, the journalism trade press, even a leading New York Times financial columnist. Instead of righting his course, or even slightly moderating his tone, Dobbs called his critics “commies” and “fascists.” He fudged facts, defended earlier falsehoods, and promoted racist conspiracy theories. He fumed.
Anchor Lou Dobbs resigns from CNN by Howard Kurtz Washington Post, Nov. 12, 2009
Lou Dobbs, the most opinionated and divisive anchor at a cable network that bills itself as a straight-news oasis, resigned from CNN on Wednesday night, saying in his final broadcast that he wants "to go beyond the role" of a television journalist in tackling the country's problems.
Framing his move as a response to the urging of "some leaders in media, politics and business," Dobbs struck a populist tone, attempting to position himself as a political leader who would mount a campaign "to overcome the lack of true representation in Washington, D.C." He said that public debate was now defined by "partisanship and ideology" and that he would continue to speak out "in the most honest and direct language possible."
Lou Dobbs does play fast and loose with the truth and will go to great lengths even using his family to get more media attention. So recently he claimed someone had tried to shoot his wife and him at their house. But the story didn't add up and was finally characterized as being the result of a careless hunter . Still Lou Dobbs tried to turn it all into an assassination attempt by someone on the left.
Lou Dobbs House Shooting Story Contradicted By Police
Watch more at http://www.theyoungturks.com
And Lou Dobbs fits in with a number of other racist "real Americans" who pretend to be impartial trustworthy political pundits such as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity & Fox News.
Conservative Pundits Stoke "Black Obama" Fear July 31 2009
Lou Dobbs' has people on his program who are supposed to be experts but often they are not experts. His aim is to spread fear and hysteria about what he has characterized as an invasion of Illegal-Immigrants who bring disease , immorality undermining American society.
Lou Dobbs stakes his journalistic reputation on atomic whackjob Madeleine Cosman. thumpandwhip.com Nov. 21, 2009
http://thumpandwhip.com. Lou Dobbs tries to defend, again, his b.s. reporting that Leprosy is being brought into America by illegal immigrants. This time, he relies upon absolute nutjob (now deceased) Madeleine Cosman. A Ph.D. in English. Brilliant. Thanks to http://www.truthinimmigration.org
Members of FAIR are often brought on Lou Dobbs program to act as experts on immigration. But FAIR is really a Nativist racist propaganda Hate Group.
Yet Lou Dobbs with his shady connections to Hate Groups & racists is planning to get more involved in politics and possibly run for the presidency.
SPLC on Federation for American Immigration Reform FAIR
FAIR connected to white supremacist organizations
and so it goes,