Lou Dobbs leaving CNN…GREAT! Go join FOX News where you belong…

November 12, 2009

Don’t let the door hit you in the a$$, Lou.  I used to enjoy listening to you, but somewhere, you went off the deep end.  You continued the birther movements going with your continued questioning of President Obama’s birth certificate, even though that was an issue already decided.  Your boss even sent you a memo, telling you the story is dead.

In part, Klein writes, “It seems this story is dead- because anyone who still is not convinced doesn’t really have a legitimate beef.” Klein asked CNN researchers to dig into the question of why Obama couldn’t produce the original birth certificate. The researchers contacted the Hawaii Health Dept. and confirmed that paper documents were discarded in 2001 when the department went paperless. That reportedly includes Pres. Obama’s original birth certificate.

Then, your rants on illegal immigration bordered on outright racism.  Your time has come, you have been surpassed like the remnants of  Jim Crow laws. Whatever your thinking on illegal immigration,  you are not going to stop it with your racist rhetoric.  I can’t wait to see your brand of advocacy.

New York (CNN) — CNN’s Lou Dobbs stepped down from his controversial role as an advocacy anchor at the network at the end of his show Wednesday night, saying he plans to seek a more activist role.

“Over the past six months, it has become increasingly clear that strong winds of change have begun buffeting this country and affecting all of us, and 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 a better understanding of the great issues of our day and to continue to do so in the most honest and direct language possible,” Dobbs said during his 7 p.m. broadcast.

Dobbs, 64, said he had discussed the issue with CNN President Jonathan Klein, who had agreed to a release from his contract “that will enable me to pursue new opportunities.”

I worry about what those other opportunies are Lou. Are you going to be riding with the rengeade groups that hound illegals and give them a taste of Lou Dobbs Justice? Or, are you going to conintue the meme of the President is not legimatate because of his birthplace?  You and Orly would make a cute couple… Media Matters sent out a release questioning you, and the network for your views back in July.

Washington, DC — Today, Media Matters for America called further attention to Lou Dobbs’ continued use of his CNN show and his radio show to legitimize conspiracy theories about President Obama’s birth certificate. Dobbs’ mainstreaming of such claims comes even as other CNN figures — including his stand-in, Kitty Pilgrim — have repeatedly and resoundingly debunked them, calling them “nutty” and “ludicrous.”

“CNN has a very serious Lou Dobbs problem on its hands,” said Eric Burns, President of Media Matters. “All eyes are on CNN to see how the network will handle a host who has clearly become a stain on its journalistic credibility.”

Media Matters released the following web video today on Dobbs’ undermining the network’s credibility: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXmqTmRPAng

The network was happy to see him go.  I think that they just got tired of having to defend his nonsensical rants on immigration and his tireless slandering of Latinos and Hispanics.  Glenn Beck is keeping a seat warm for you.

If you had only known, you could have saved everyone a lot of trouble...

“With characteristic forthrightness, Lou has now decided to carry the banner of advocacy journalism elsewhere. We respect his decision and wish him, Debi [Dobbs’ wife], and his family the very best.”

Herein lies the rub.  Lou was good, but went off the deep end.  I remember watching a lot of his financial stories with interest.  He clearly has some down home spun charm that he can use positively, or negatively, and he has gone to the dark side for me.  It’s okay to have different beliefs than what I have, and for you to espouse them, just have facts and evidence to back it up.

Dobbs, who is the last of the 29-year-old network’s original anchors, said he was considering “a number of options and directions.”

He cited the growth of the middle class, the creation of jobs, health care, immigration policy, the environment, climate change and the U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan as “the major issues of our time.”

But, he said, “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.” Read Dobbs’ full statement about his departure from CNN

Those issues, he added, are defined in the public arena “by partisanship and ideology rather than by rigorous, empirical forethought, analysis and discussion,” and he vowed to work to change that.

During his second stint at CNN, Dobbs positioned himself as “tough, relentless, independent,” lashing out at what he described as the deficiencies and “partisan nonsense” of both major political parties, and injecting advocacy journalism into his coverage of topics ranging from free trade to immigration.

His no-holds-barred, sometimes acerbic style brought him a loyal following, but also attracted controversy both to him and to the network, especially over the subject of illegal immigrants.

Dobbs will continue as anchor of The Lou Dobbs Show, a daily radio show that began in March 2008 and is distributed to more than 160 stations nationwide by United Stations Radio Networks Inc.

I will help you load up the U-Haul Lou...

Lou, you win a diabolical hater T-shirt as a parting gift….John King will be brought in to replace you. NPR sheads some light on John King.

While Dobbs will continue on his nationally syndicated radio show, he did not specify his new role. CNN announced Thursday that his 7 p.m. weekday time slot will be filled in 2010 by a new show built around longtime CNN political reporter and anchor John King. The selection of King, who strives never to reflect personal ideological positions on the air, is more consistent with CNN’s intended brand as a source of objective reporting.

Remember when you used to do that Lou?  The NPR story sheds more light on why it was really your time to go.  You didn’t fit in the pattern of fair and unbiased reporting.  You seemingly forgot what a reporters job is.  You RESEARCH the story and have concrete facts, not just freestyle off the top of your dome.

By his own account, Dobbs was radicalized by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S. He evolved on the air into an economic populist and a hard-liner on illegal immigration who often sparked the ire of Latinos.

Dobbs’ ratings rose for many years, but he drew much fire from critics drawn from disparate business, liberal and Latino circles.

In one instance, Dobbs was forced to apologize for his characterization of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce — a mainstream business group — which he said was “effectively an organization that is interested in Mexico’s export of drugs and illegal aliens to the United States.”

Dobbs sometimes overstated or misrepresented the facts as he sought to connect illegal immigrants to crime or other societal ills, a frequent theme. In one instance, Dobbs and a CNN reporter seemed to attribute a startling rise in leprosy cases to illegal immigrants from Latin America. There was no such startling rise — and what cases there were would have been more likely to have had Asian origins.

His radio show took on an even more severe edge.

So, Lou, it was your time to be put out to pasture, or sent to the glue factory.

See Lou, the birther story is over....just like your career at CNN

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