Ben Johnson

Lou Dobbs to Leave CNN

Posted on November 11 2009 4:51 pm
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Now Lou Dobbs really is Mr. Independent.

The last of CNN’s original news anchors just announced he is leaving the network he joined in 1980, and this evening’s episode of “Lou Dobbs Tonight” will be its final broadcast. He will continue to host his national radio program. Dobbs revealed his motives in a straight-forward statement at the program’s opening:

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. And some leaders in media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond the role here at CNN and to engage in constructive problem solving.

He said chief among his concerns would be illegal immigration, America’s foreign policy, and defending “our now weakened capitalist economy.” The former host of Moneyline added that he sought contractual release to address these issues “in the most honest and direct language possible,” an opaque admission of what everyone already knew: Dobbs’s views are increasingly out-of-step with CNN’s dominant bias.

Translated into plain English, his statement says:

  • President Obama has been far more radical in office than his campaign rhetoric;
  • His policies are busting the budget, destabilizing the border, and undermining the fundamental principles of the American economic system; and
  • The network I have worked at for 27 of the last 29 years wants me to shut up about all this.

Dobbs concluded he is fielding a number of offers, and “I will let you know when I set my course.” Last month, I noted Dobbs met with Fox News chairman Roger Ailes last month. However, an anonymous Fox spokesman told the New York Times today, “We have not had any discussions with Lou Dobbs for Fox News or Fox Business.”

Wherever he goes, he will be one of the few mainstream broadcasters revealing the extent of the nation’s compounding illegal immigration problem. Just weeks ago, someone fired a shot at his New Jersey home, an action Dobbs said followed “weeks and weeks of threatening phone calls.”  The left-wing Talking Points Memo blog has tried to portray this as nothing more than a “Hunter’s Errant Bullet”! Where is the left-wing outrage over illegal immigrants’s “lack of civility?”

We look forward to learning his next move and hope it will allow him to solve many of the issues he has so long been reporting.

What do you think? Is Lou going to Fox or some other media outlet, moving to a think tank, or will we soon see Lou Dobbs involved in electoral politics in some capacity?

Addendum: Here is CNN’s bland coverage.

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