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Dobbs Minimizes Impact of Hate Crimes, Bashes Immigrant Rights Groups

Posted in Anti-Immigrant by Heidi Beirich on November 25, 2008

Last night, CNN’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight” aired a segment criticizing the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) for holding a news conference earlier in the day calling attention to the link between anti-immigrant rhetoric and hate crimes against Latinos. The groups were reacting to the […]

Lou Dobbs Citing Extremists, Again

Posted in Anti-Immigrant,Conspiracies,Media Extremism by Heidi Beirich on July 31, 2008

Lou Dobbs, the CNN host who has been frequently criticized for turning his program, “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” into a forum for anti-immigrant extremists, is at it again. In the past few months, Dobbs has aired six different reports featuring anti-immigrant activist Rick Oltman of Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS). The reports, all narrated by CNN […]

American Legion Immigration Report Replete with Falsehoods

Posted in Anti-Immigrant by Sonia Scherr on July 16, 2008

Since its founding nearly 90 years ago, the American Legion has been a fixture of community life. It has hosted Memorial Day parades to remember those who died in America’s wars. It has held bingo nights and dances at its 14,000-plus posts worldwide. It has supported thousands of Boy Scout groups, sponsored a baseball program […]

Media Matters Report Further Debunks Dobbsian Myths

Posted in Anti-Immigrant,Media Extremism by David Holthouse on May 30, 2008

Undocumented immigrants: Commit a disproportionate number of crimes throughout the country. Rely heavily on taxpayer-funded services while paying no taxes themselves. Bring to America rare and nasty diseases, such as leprosy. Sound familiar? That could be because you’ve heard it all before on cable news, where derogatory myths about immigrants are regularly presented as fact. […]

Lou Dobbs: Once More, With Gusto

Posted in Anti-Immigrant,Media Extremism by Mark Potok on February 6, 2008

The wild man of CNN was unleashed again the other night, launching into a furious attack (here, here and here) on the president of the National Council of La Raza, who went on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” to discuss her organization’s new initiative against hate. The initiative — motto: “Take the hate out of the immigration […]

Learning the Law: A Lesson for Lou Dobbs

Posted in Anti-Immigrant,Media Extremism by Mark Potok on December 12, 2007

Lou Dobbs was at it again last night, unleashing a foaming-mouth attack on the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which the CNN host variously described as “left wing,” “liberal,” “pitiful,” “an absolute disgrace,” and a “socio-ethnic centric special interest” group with an “open borders agenda.” Dobbs was livid because a short, just-released story in the […]

‘Democracy Now’ Takes On Lou Dobbs

Posted in Anti-Immigrant,Media Extremism by Mark Potok on December 5, 2007

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez of “Democracy Now,” a serious radio and television news and analysis program, conducted an hour-long interview with nativist CNN host Lou Dobbs yesterday, and it was a doozie. Dobbs was pounded with questions about the bogus “facts” that he regularly trots out to demonize undocumented immigrants, such as his claim […]

Lou Dobbs Hailing Border Shooters

Posted in Anti-Immigrant,Media Extremism by Mark Potok on August 31, 2007

CNN host Lou Dobbs — the anti-illegal immigration “advocacy journalist” who has likely done more than anyone in America to popularize false claims about immigrants’ diseases, criminality and incarceration rates — is at it again. This time, he’s plugging the case of two Border Patrol agents who attacked an unarmed border-crosser who was trying to […]