Sunday, November 15, 2009

Demagogic Dobbs Quits CNN

After deciding that he could not accede to the request of Jonathan Klein, president of CNN/US, to tone down his rhetoric, Lou Dobbs decided to quit the channel. Dobbs said that he had been urged " 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.”

"Constructive problem solving"? Is that Dobbs' specialty? In an editorial this past Thursday, The New York Times provides a succinct summary of Dobbs' greatest hits in demagoguery:

He calls himself Mr. Independent, but he is far closer in style and method to the right-wing ranters who mold the facts to shape the argument on television and on AM radio, where Mr. Dobbs still has a show. Mr. Dobbs’s CNN program has long been a nesting ground for untruths and conspiracy theories: fretting over a nonexistent, immigrant-borne leprosy epidemic; questioning President Obama’s citizenship; issuing dark warnings about the “North American Union,” a supposed plot to strangle United States sovereignty.

Media Matters has compiled 299 posts on Dobbs, from research to video and audio clips, and listed its efforts " combat Dobbs' pernicious influence on the national dialogue." Media Matters also released a video that recalls some of Dobbs' most disgraceful conspiracy theories and the resistance it inspired:

Where should Dobbs take his xenophobia, conspiracy theories and divisive rhetoric? Can anyone think of a suitable station?

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