Hatewatch

Lou Dobbs: Once More, With Gusto

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 debate” — is partly aimed at pundits, like Dobbs, who routinely invite racist leaders on their air and present false nativist propaganda as fact. We could go on about this, but our friend David Neiwert, over at the Orcinus blog, has already done a major exegesis on the show and Dobbs’ falsehoods, evasions and insults. One program note: A great deal of the material used by La Raza’s campaign, including a video describing various “suspect spokespeople” of nativist groups, came from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has cooperated with La Raza in its efforts to end the defamation of immigrants. No surprise, then, that Dobbs took time out from his tussle with La Raza President Janet Murguia to falsely label the Anti-Defamation League and the Center, which publishes the Intelligence Report and Hatewatch, as advocacy groups working for “open borders and amnesty.”