CNN Ought to ‘Confine’ Lou Dobbs
Is CNN’s Lou Dobbs an, “insolent man who uses xenophobic, protectionist, anti-immigrant messages against Latin American countries to affirm his vulgar patriotism?” According to this op-ed article from Colombia’s El Tiempo, “CNN should confine Dobbs to a program called The Hour of Chauvinism, because this would help all of us distinguish between reason and its absence.”
“My aim is to present the facts so that you can decide what seems more idiotic, Spitzerâ€™s proposal or the diatribe of Lou Dobbs? I have no doubts.”
By Sergio MuÃ±oz Bata
Translated By Virginia Gillenwater
October 30, 2007
Colombia – El Tiempo – Original Article (Spanish)
More or less a month ago, the governor of the State of New York, Eliot Spitzer, announced that for reasons of public safety, he would permit the one million undocumented workers living there to apply for a driver license.
Furious about Spitzerâ€™s announcement, CNN news announcer Lou Dobbs – whose anti-immigrant phobia seems to have no bounds – began a ferocious daily campaign against the governorâ€™s proposal. The confrontation turned personal when forgetting himself, Dobbs called Spitzer an â€œidiot,â€ and invited him to a debate.
The governorâ€™s office issued a terse statement declining the invitation, writing that Dobbs â€œhas demonstrated quite clearly that he isn’t interested in serious debate.â€ A more than reasonable response given the bellicose nature of the TV broadcaster.
The issue, however, is not the insolence of a man who uses xenophobic, protectionist, anti-immigrant messages against Latin American countries to affirm his vulgar patriotism. The issue is the strength of Spitzer’s argument that denying a driver’s license to undocumented immigrants is an affront to public safety.
Your first consideration is that in New York State, there are over a million people that can’t obtain a driverâ€™s license because they’re in the U.S. illegally. And yet they drive from their homes to work and back every day. What’s more, the federal government hasnâ€™t the capacity to deport them nor will they leave voluntarily. If anything, the numbers illegal immigrants will continue to rise due to the increasing demand for their services.