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Lou Dobbs ‘A Publicity Nightmare’ For CNN

By Hatewatch Staff on August 4, 2009 - 9:32 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Immigrant-bashing, conspiracy-mongering CNN host Lou Dobbs has embarrassed his boss and hosted shows that contradict the network’s “No Bias” brand. Now his ratings are slipping. So how does he keep his job?
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  • Robert Laity

    Ryan, Don’t underestimate me or my efforts to ensure that we have a constitutionally eligible President. I can’t care less about those opinionists who are not concerned about this matter. I am concerned about it. As an american, I have a RIGHT to “petition the government for redress of grievances”. I am doing so. My so called “Band” of “Bithers” is not a “small band”. However,I guarantee that I will be “Chronic” until I am satisfied that my “grievance” has been redressed. “Not gaining any mommentum”? I strongly disagree. This issue “has legs”.

  • Ryan the non-Aryan

    Unfortunately for Robert Laity. His small band of chronic wacknutz are not gaining any momemtum with this “birthers” thing. What he probably doesn’t know, is that a host of promiment Republicans/Conservatives are backing Obama’s legitimate birth certificate:


    Like the “troofer” movement during the Bush(wack) administration, this one too, will have no effect on the Obama presidency. This will simply subside and fade away into attrition(as uaual). For these “birthers”, there’s no value in their arguments. Just annoying interferences.

  • Robert Laity

    Snorlax, SPLC will verify that I have been a member of it for years. The SOLE reason why we want to see Obama’s long-form and not just a non-descript short form is to ensure that our President is Natural-Born. It is only fair to expect that the Constitution be followed. There is NO racism involved,at least on my part.The short-form is NOT as definitive as you think. If Obama has a Hawaiian “Certificate” of Live Birth he should produce it. It’s the law and the law should be respected. Eventually,Obama must realize,if Obama lied and fraudulently usurped the Office of the Presidency he would be facing as a penalty,death by execution under 18USC,Part 1,Chapter 115,Sec.2381 for treason. No “plot” of “assassination involved.

  • Snorlax

    I wonder why the Birther wackos REALLY want Obama’s original birth certificate??

    Not to verify that he’s a natural born US citizen. The short form birth certificate already proves that legally. So that’s not the real reason.

    I have a hunch they’re just looking for dirt on Obama. Maybe where it lists his race and religion. Maybe they just want to make fun of his baby footprints.

    Whatever the reason, you can be sure it’s not because of some altruistic nonpartisan attempt to “get to the bottom of this”.

    No, their motive is to GET OBAMA and they’re grasping at straws to do so.

    What scares me is what they’re going to do next. They’ll probably plot an assassination.

  • Ralph

    What most complainers don’t realize is that Dobbs is just a ratings game shame with CNN trying to take some of Fox News’ “white trash 4th Reich sympathizers” away from the hate mongers over there. MSNBC does it too — but with more panasse — using Joe Scarborough and Pat Buchanan. There is no such thing anymore called investigative journalism, at least not on cable TV. I bet all the networks are lining up now to sign Sarah Palin, She-Wolf of the American SS, to a contract.

  • Snorlax

    BJ, the problem with Lou Dobbs isn’t that he’s against illegal immigration.

    The problem with Lou Dobbs is he spews racist anti-Latino garbage.

    It IS possible to support US immigration laws without being a racist pig like Lou Dobbs.

    For starters, let’s see the anti-immigration groups start making noise about the half-million WHITE illegals in the US, mostly Irish and Eastern European. Yeah, some of those WHITE ILLEGALS are Russian Mafia. Those WHITE guys are DANGEROUS!!

    That’s what they’ve been saying about Latinos.

  • Snorlax

    Lou Dobbs is giving a platform to “birther” Reich Wingnuts.

    Obama IS a natural born US citizen. His short form birth certificate states he was born in Honolulu. It is an official state document and is recognized as a legal birth certificate in all 50 states and overseas.

    When I got my passport, I sent away for my birth certificate and got the short form. I had no problems getting a passport with it. The short form is legal.

    These birthers are dangerous psychotics and should not be getting any encouragement from Lou Dobbs or CNN. Unfortunately, there are a LOT of these Reich Wingnuts out there…and they’re all heavily armed psychotics.

  • Shadow Wolf

    I still watch CNN for national headlines, but of course, like the vast majority of Americans. I, too skip the Lou Dobbs Tonight Show. You don’t need to be “Latino” to be offended. I have Latino comrades, though and what Lou Dobbs is regurgitating on the airwaves is utter denigration towards Hispanic Americans. Your status quo as a Hispanic(legal or not) really doesn’t matter to that Janus faced cable minuteman. And I think its imperative for CNN to drop Lou Dobbs to save themselves and their jobs.

    To the garbage w/ Lou Dobbs!!

  • BJ

    I do think Lou Dobbs has gone over the hill so to speak; but that does not eliminate the obvious; illegal immigration is a problem in this country; we don’t need it and we don’t won’t it; I am completely for legal immigration; people who want to come to this country and follow the processes to get here are to be assisted in that process but all means available and helped to find homes and jobs when they get here; I am totally NOT in favor of providing any assistance whatever to illegals and feel they should be repatriated to their home country as soon as possible, unfortuantely that is not the case at this time.

  • Robert Laity

    CertifiGate is a matter of national security. I for one,send Kudos to Lou Dobbs for having the courage to report on the controversy. His stance against “Illegal”immigration only protects the USA from being overrun by criminals from different countries. What is wrong with promoting the r”rule of law”? On August 4,2009,I personally served “presentments” upon the Government regadring
    Obama’s citizenship status and his fealty to the USA.

  • Marty Hisington

    Please republish the email address for CNN.

  • Marty Hisington

    Now Dobbs is attacking Keith Olberman with the same vile language he flicks off anyone who disagrees with him.
    He’s a viscious combination of a Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck and I’ve stopped watching CNN altogether because of their policy of standing behind Dobbs for his “experience.” Maybe the problem is his boss, who obviously doesn’t have the balls of the former boss, who stood up to Dobbs and make him quit. Dobbs is a vile, hateful man who doesn’t belong on a major network “news” station.

  • Rod Torrez

    I sent this note to CNN: I think it’s time you put the Lou Dobbs Tonight show to bed. I know that I am not the only Latino in the U.S. who skips over CNN every time Mr. Dobbs appears. His continued haranguing of Latinos angers citizens and non-citizens alike. I think he is only a very short distance from calling us “mud,” as the white supremacists do. While I firmly believe in freedom of speech, I think that having on air a Rick Sanchez (whom I respect very much) is not enough to counterbalance the xenophobia expressed by Mr. Dobbs, and, hence, your network. The longer Mr. Dobbs remains on air, the more difficult it will be for me to watch any show on CNN, and I will boycott it, and encourage others to boycott it as well.

  • JAY

    At least with Glenn Beck you get the “monkey show” . . . a clown not to be taken seriously. Lou Dobbs isn’t half as amusing.

  • Snorlax

    Lou Dobbs buys the “birther” garbage. He’s obviously gone senile and has advanced Alzheimer’s.

    I remember when he was a good journalist, too. Back in the day, before the Reich Wingnuts stunk up the airwaves.

    Well, it could be worse. He could have gone deaf from doing too much Hillbilly Heroin.


    I cosign Robert Davidson.

  • http://RDCT@AOL.COM Robert Davidson

    No bias wth CNN Lou Dobbs is an oxymoron, to say with Lou is news meets the same format, what he has done is transpose his radio show into CNN TV.

    Bob Davidson