May 30, 2007

CNN & Lou Dobbs

CNN claims to be the ‘Most Trusted Name in News’, but having Lou Dobbs as one of your main anchors put them in the league of Fox News and Bill O’Reilly. The suppose spokesmen of the Middle Class Americans, Lou Dobbs only really represent nativist while using misleading reporting to attack Mexican immigrants.
The most common complaint about him, at least from other journalists, is that his program combines factual reporting with editorializing. But I think this misses the point. Americans, as a rule, are smart enough to handle a program that mixes opinion and facts. The problem with Mr. Dobbs is that he mixes opinion and untruths. He is the heir to the nativist tradition that has long used fiction and conspiracy theories as a weapon against the Irish, the Italians, the Chinese, the Jews and, now, the Mexicans. [..]

More to the point, if Mr. Dobbs’s arguments were really so good, don’t you think he would be able to stick to the facts?
Go read the rest of David Leonhardt's article reporting on Lou Dobbs anti-immigrant hysteria.


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