CNN has struck a blow for journalism on cable TV by forcing Lou Dobbs to take his “advocacy” elsewhere.
Somewhere between the right-left divide of Fox News and MSNBC, the network has been comparatively fair-minded with the glaring exception of Dobbs, who occupied a unique spot of blowhard wrong-headedness on the political spectrum.
When I started blogging in 2006, my second post was headed “Is Lou Dobbs Running for Something?” and noted: “A long-time Republican, defender of Big Business, business-news entrepreneur himself, he is now a born-again populist, with just a trace of anti-immigration racism, but some may remember when he left CNN in 2000 in a huff after the network president wanted to cut away to live coverage of President Bill Clinton consoling parents at Columbine, which Dobbs argued was not newsworthy.”
The following year, as his bloviating got worse, I chose him as “the world’s worst journalist” over Bill O’Reilly for being “a rabble-rouser against illegal aliens, provoking more dissension over a serious national issue than any politician in sight–all in the name of journalism.”
Soon afterward, the New York Times unmasked his hoax that illegal aliens were bringing leprosy to the US, observing that “The problem with Mr. Dobbs is that he mixes opinion and untruths.”