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Roundup: Lou Dobbs Off the Air

Imagine 2050 Staff • Nov 13, 2009


Here at Imagine 2050 we are so excited about this development, we decided to share posts from across the blogosphere.

First up is this post from Nezua, Weekly Diaspora: Deporting Dobbs:

After 30 years, commentator Lou Dobbs—infamous for his tirades against undocumented immigrants—has left CNN, as TPM reports. Dobbs employed disturbing, dangerous, and dated language to slur immigrants, often equating them with disease and infection. There is a connection between this type of demagoguery and violence.

Clearly, the organizing efforts of groups like Basta Dobbs have borne fruit, as even Dobbs admits. GRITtv recently covered the “way the mainstream media equates ‘Latino’ with ‘immigrant.’” and Latino organizing efforts to correct this perspective.

“Over the past six months, it’s become increasingly clear that strong winds of change have begun buffeting this country, and affecting all of us,” Dobbs said in his last live broadcast for CNN. Other commentators belonging to the old school of racist separatism ought take note. It’s a new day in the USA.

Read the entire post at theunapologeticmexican.org/elmachete

Bastadobbs.com released this statement on its blog yesterday:

“Our contention all along was that Lou Dobbs – who has a long record of spreading lies and conspiracy theories about immigrants and Latinos – does not belong on the ‘Most Trusted Name in News,’” said Roberto Lovato, co-founder of Presente.org, a national online advocacy organization coordinating the BastaDobbs.com campaign in conjunction with more than 40 local and regional Latino organizations from across the country. “We are thrilled that Dobbs no longer has this legitimate platform from which to incite fear and hate.”

The BastaDobbs.com campaign launched in mid-September, and included online petitions, a viral YouTube video, text-message campaign, radio PSAs and a series of events in 18 cities – organized in conjunction with the CNN special Latino in America. The message to CNN was that courting Latino viewers while keeping Dobbs on the network would not win them favor with the fastest-growing demographic in the country. Since then, more than 100,000 people have joined the effort. The events and the campaign garnered significant press coverage in both Spanish-language and mainstream media.

Read more at www.bastadobbs.com/blog/

David Neiwert injects his usual dose of concise wit over at Crookandliars.com

Gosh. Looks like we won’t have Lou Dobbs to kick around anymore. Except, of course, for when he lands that fat Fox Business Channel gig.

In the meantime, some congratulations are in order — and, as Greg Sargent suggests, the left blogosphere in general deserves a great deal of credit in finally forcing one of the nation’s leading hatemongers — and disinformation specialists — out the door.

That’s especially the case with Media Matters, which really led the way. (MM has great retrospective of their own.) And the campaigns that organized to compel his ouster at CNN — including Basta Dobbs, Drop Dobbs, and America’s Voice — should take a bow as well.

While we wait for the right-wing violins to cue their usual “Mean Liberals Went On a Witch Hunt” number, we should also take special note of what this means: It means that liberal activism to force our media to act responsibly works.

Read the rest at crooksandliars.com/david-neiwert/media-reform-and-ouster-lou-dobbs-ye

Finally,New York Times blogger, Paul Krugman opines,

I used to go on Lou Dobbs fairly often in the early years of this decade — and I liked him. We didn’t agree on much, but the on-air discussions were always even-tempered and kind of fun. I would never have expected him to snap the way he did.

Greg Sargent asks whether progressive bloggers and web sites, Media Matters in particular, will get any credit for Dobbs’s fall, the way the ludicrous Powerline got lionized for bringing down Dan Rather. Probably not; Washington is still, as Josh Marshall likes to say, wired for Republicans.

But there is nonetheless some significance in what happened. Until now it really has seemed as if there was nothing, nothing at all, that someone on the right could say and do that would make them unacceptable in polite company. Now it at least seems that there is a line somewhere.

There is a line somewhere, however faint, and we are happy to celebrate this small victory.

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