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Dobbs Boosts Conspiracy-Monger as Immigration Expert

By Sonia Scherr on September 22, 2009 - 8:21 am, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

It’s no surprise when CNN’s Lou Dobbs bashes immigrants on his TV and radio programs. But recently the factually challenged talk show host has been veering even further toward the far-right fringe.

Last week, as Media Matters documented, Dobbs approvingly introduced conspiracy hound Jerome Corsi as a guest on his radio program. “We’re going to be talking about, obviously, illegal immigration,” Dobbs said on the Sept. 15 show. “We’re going to be talking about border security. And … Jerome Corsi is a pretty good guy to talk to about all of that.”

The “pretty good guy” is a prominent figure in the so-called birther movement, which contends that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and therefore is ineligible to hold the nation’s highest office. In addition to proclaiming on talk shows that Obama’s birth certificate is phony, Corsi announced last fall that he was traveling to Hawaii to investigate the matter and predicted that “there’s gonna be something damaging on the birth certificate.” (Dobbs himself repeatedly questioned the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate on air in July, falsely claiming that the document hadn’t been released.) Corsi also traveled to Kenya last October to investigate Obama. The trip didn’t work out too well for him. He was promptly detained by immigration authorities as he headed for a press conference after arriving in that country, then put on a plane back home.

Not only is Corsi pushing a discredited conspiracy theory, but he has made derogatory comments about Muslims and Catholics. He posted a series of bigoted comments on in which he called Islam “a worthless, dangerous Satanic religion” and declared that “boy buggering in both Islam and Catholicism is okay with the Pope as long as it isn’t reported by the liberal press.” (He later apologized for the posts.) Last July, he appeared on “The Political Cesspool,” an overtly racist, anti-Semitic radio show hosted by avowed white nationalist James Edwards. Other guests who have been sympathetically interviewed on Edwards’ show make up a virtual Who’s Who of the radical right, including former Klan boss David Duke, Holocaust denier Mark Weber and neo-Nazi activist April Gaede.

Corsi is perhaps best known for his error-filled books, including Unfit for Command about 2004 presidential candidate John Kerry and his New York Times bestseller, The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality. The latter book “includes lines that some might consider racially insensitive,” according to Dobbs’ own CNN colleague Jessica Yellin. Among them is this gem about Obama’s stepfather: “Obama’s mother chose another Third World prospect for her second husband, a second man of color, to be her mate.” Corsi also co-authored a whitewashed account of the vigilante movement called Minutemen: Battle to Secure America’s Borders.

The Dobbs show on which Corsi appeared was broadcast from “Hold Their Feet to the Fire,” an annual anti-immigration talk show blitz held in Washington, D.C., by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which the SPLC lists as a hate group, in part because of its ties to white supremacists. At the same event last year, FAIR presented Dobbs with its “We The People” media award. The recipient this year was none other than Glenn Beck, who said in July that Obama was “a racist” who has a “deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.”

We can’t wait to see who next year’s winner will be.

  • Joe

    Please cite specific examples of “racist” things that Lou Dobbs has said. These would have to be explicit instances in which he claims that one racist is superior to another. As far as I can tell, all this whining about Lou Dobbs comes from people who have an ulterior motive to increase the fraction of latinos in the USA, whether they arrive here legally or not. Obviously, they don’t like people like Lou Dobbs who are tenacious about the enforcement of immigration law. The easy thing to do is to call him a racist and put him on the defensive, when it appears that all he is really doing is stubbornly focusing on one particular issue that he thinks plauges the United States. That’s no crime. And it most certainly isn’t racism. Sure, you can *suspect* him of being a racist, but put some evidence on the table. Bet you can’t.

  • tolerant

    Aren’t you guys “tolerant” and “accepting of diversity”? Respect the opinions of others even if they disagree? You know all that stuff you espouse hypocritically? Whatever happened to “just change the channel”? Isn’t that what you say when channels like Sumner “Redstone”‘s (yeah right) Viacom spew their filth into our homes? You don’t like Dobbs or Beck – don;t watch.

  • beholder

    Tinker —

    So Dobb’s is not a racist because he sleeps with a Latina. Hmmm, very interesting.

    How many Americans travel to Latin America or Asia for sex tourism? Do you consider that “multicultural sensistivity” or exploitation of women?

    What about the Texas prison guard who liked to fondle illegal alien women in his power? He plead guilty — was he just being “tolerant” and misunderstood?

    Were the white owners of black slaves being “open minded” when they raped them, or were they participating in the worst form of institutional racism?

    Dobbs should be considered a racist based on his ideas, not because of who he sleeps with.

    As a matter of fact it’s racist to claim he is NOT racist simply because he married a woman of Latina descent. Who knows the dynamics of that relationship?

  • Humanism

    Dobbs and Beck represent negative parts of human nature: bigotry, hubris, exaggeration, anti-science, superstition, treacherous …..

  • Tinker

    Lou Dobbs is my hero.
    He’s called a racist by the left yet he is married to an American woman of Mexican descent.
    What you can’t stand is that Dobbs tells the truth and
    that is a no no according to the lefties.
    Too bad most Americans love Lou Dobbs.
    Get over it.

    Go Lou Dobbs!

  • George Sidoti

    Lou Dobbs is getting to be a huge bore. Let’s get some fresh blood on the air…Loose Dobbs !

  • ccollina

    A few comments here suggest shutting Lou Dobbs down to shut him up, because they believe he is an abuser of free speech. So, censorship is the answer! Shutting people up one does not agree with is democracy and the American way! No wonder the people on the right are ANGRY!

  • ccollina

    Why is it hateful? Just because Lou Dobbs and some of his viewers do not like people flooding into this country unlawfully? Why is this hate? I don’t get it? Aren’t we a nation of laws? Should we allow everyone from all over the globe to just come on in? We were told that illegal immigrants do jobs that Americans won’t do. Why is it that black men in Alabama were turned away from construction work in New Orleans in favor of the foreigners? Shouldn’t these Americans be protected by their own country? They have no allegiance to anywhere in the world. Yet, they were turned away, because the foreigners were coming. Lou Dobbs talks about this chaos. You have him pegged wrong.

  • Hollis L. Hatten

    I find that most Americans like to believe that the people that they watch on TV and listen to on the radio are good and truthful people. But we know that that isn’t the truth. Yes, Beck and Dobbs are dangerous and need to be watched and even made to account for there actions. I also believe that SPLC should take a hard look at Sean Hannady and Rush Limbaugh. For years Limbaugh has referred to Liberals as “Communist” and Hannady’s reference to the elected President of the United States as the “Anointed One”. By it’s self this may seen condensending, but take in context with everything else that these men are talking about breeds hate and anger. This kind of emotion can lead an unstable person to believe that they would be in the right if they tried to use violence against the President or some other person that they believe to be a Liberal thinking person. I believe that if their free speech leads someone to violence, then that speech is no longer free, but rather criminal and I would hope that they would be prosecuted for it. I have often wondered how these people can be stopped before someone gets hurt. At this time in our free society I just do have a good answer.

  • Dave Segal

    I can think of just one legal way of ridding the airwaves of Dobbs, Beck, and all the other abusers of freedom of speech; boycott them. I mean a serious, well-organized nationwide boycott of these extremist programs and their sponsors.

  • Kenneth Dawson

    I detest Dobbs but it is Glenn Beck that really gets to me. If I ever wanted to watch that kind of show, it couldn’t be his because of its affect on my blood pressure. Once, back when he was still on CNN I was flipping channels and caught him crying on camera, so I stopped to listen for a minute. He was blubbering about his boozing. Jesus. Recovering alcoholics are tough. Recovering addicts of any kind are tough as hell. You have to be to beat the beast and hold on to sobriety. I think Beck was a Saturday night drunk. He got a little loaded once or twice and made a fool of himself and so jumped on the recovery wagon to make himself the victim and suck up the sympathy. Checked himself into one of those rehabs with spa and sauna attached.

    That day he was disgusting, big crybaby, and an embarrasment to drunks everywhere.

  • Don Quixote

    Dobbs is truly an evil wicked man and it shows in his face and that hateful scowl of his. His horrific, forced, fraudulent smile literally turns my stomach. I don’t have this reaction to any of the other hatemongering talking heads on cable and AM nowadays, but there’s just something about Dobbs “way” that really pushes my buttons.

    He is a self-righteous, greedy, shameless megalomaniac who has gotten wealthy and powerful off the demagoguery of the poorest and most helpless people living in our society. Shame on me for thinking this but if there isn’t a very special place reserved in hell for people who get wealth and power by peddling fear and hatred towards “the least of our brothers,” then they’d better make one for this decrepit, bitter soul.

    But then, come to think of it, Dobbs would take to it like a fish to water wouldn’t he? He’d just find a way to become the first “advocacy journalist” for Satan himself.

  • Floss Shahbegian

    To me it isn’t right and democratic to have such toxic hateful rhetoric on the air. What has happened to the content of Radio today. There seems to be an abundance of lies, hate and violent talk. I don’t like to refer to them as the right-wing because they are a distortion of the right and are not even close to the conservative right of yesteryear. They are an extremist cult bordering on insanity. The media is at fault for being totally irresponsible for allowing such trash talk to be aired. This is not freedom of speech. It is a fascist mentality that is destroying our democratic principles. Have these people and the media no sense of shame.