The Tainted Love Of Dobbs

Poder 360 brings us a great article on Lou Dobbs in – Lou Doubts – Poder 360. This article tells us where he started, where he is now and his favorite issue – immigration. I attempt to sum it up below, but I encourage you to read it for yourself.
Lou Dobb’s is supposedly the champion of the working man – the blue collar guy and gal. He goes on the tele “uncovering” all the ways that American is being flushed down the drain – multi-nationals, corrupt politicians and the worst of them all – “illegals.” But no matter how much anyone believes what is said on his shown one must at some point question it. From his grimacing mean face to his yelling over guests Lou is selling a brand and just like the poisonous toys from China (of “communist” China as his show states just in case we forgot.) that he ranted on about Lou does not care what effect he has on you. He just wants you to tune in.

Given his staunch support of blue collar workers it’s interesting that he produced (and maybe still does) a newsletter that those he champions couldn’t afford to buy nor use.

Off the air, however, Lou still betrayed considerable affection for private enterprise, especially his own: a $398 monthly newsletter entitled Lou Dobbs Money Letter, which offered subscribers Lou’s favorite investment tips. Among these, as the Columbia Journalism Review discovered in 2004, were some of the very corporations that outsourced. The Toro Company, which makes landscaping equipment won Lou’s approval (“I like the way you treat your shareholders, employees and customers,” Lou told Toro’s then-CEO Kendrick Melrose), even though it had moved 800 of its jobs to Juarez, Mexico. Office Depot, which, like Toro, happened to be on Lou’s very own list of companies that, in his words, had “outsourced America,” also got a plug.

Another interesting part of this story is Lou’s being asked if he’s for legal immigration then when’s the last time he did a positive story about immigrants. I’m sure you know the answer. This is the same tactic used by many anti-“illegal” immigrant groups such as ALIPAC, FAIR and NumbersUSA. Though FAIR and NumbersUSA do state that want immigration reduced to provide some level of honesty.

Nor is his audience often enlightened about legal immigration, which Lou says he espouses. Waldman, the Media Matters senior fellow (and one of the few guests to ever get the better of the CNN host), recently asked, “Lou: you like to say you are in favor of legal immigration. So when was the last time you did a positive story about immigrants?” There wasn’t much response from Lou, Waldman tells me, “He couldn’t come up with any. I think the answer is: Never.”

Learning that Dobb’s was planning on doing a three part series on racism and anti-immigration groups was quite promising. However, just like his positive immigration stories it never happened.

And at first it looked as thought the results might be salutary. “The next day Dobbs told me that he planned to do a three-part series on racism in America, and another series on anti-immigration movements, and he was going to do it with us,” Potok recalls. A long pause. “He never did it.” In fact, after the ill-fated stab at enlightening Lou and Lou’s people, the show’s polemics on illegal immigration actually appeared to harden. On any kind of immigration, for that matter, since despite Lou’s protests to the contrary, many viewers couldn’t help noticing that the distinction between legal and illegal seemed to evaporate. On air Lou famously said, “Let’s be clear, I don’t think there should be a St. Patrick’s Day.”

This last statement reminds me of the fact that Hazleton, the capital of anti-“illegal” immigration, recently had it’s first Italian Festival. It seems there’s a lot of hypocrisy going on in this debate – or something else.

Of course many of us are aware of Lou’s bogus claims about leprosy cases. It seems he cited a very questionable source as the researcher who provided that information.

To prove the ferocity of the health invasion, the show cited statistics from a “Dr. Madeleine Cosman,” as she was identified. Although no medical doctor, Cosman certainly harbored, until her death two years ago, strong opinions on immigrant men from Mexico: “Recognize that most of these bastards molest girls under age 12, some as young as 5, others age 3. Although some, of course, specialize in boys, specialize in nuns,” she once said. “Some are extremely versatile and rape little girls age 11 and women up to 79.”

These terrible stereotypes of Latino migrants are being perpetuated throughout the media with Dobb’s only being one of the sources. At one million viewers a day Dobb’s has the power to scramble a lot of soft brains with his hateful rhetoric.

As we see when Lou mentioned China, during the toy scare, as “communist” China the same propaganda tactics that have hurt this country are championed by Dobbs. When he was called out for the leprosy figures being incorrect he claimed to being “crucified.” Sorry Lou, but you’re no Christ.

“Tonight we’ll set the record straight. We’ll tell you who’s really telling the truth and who the Commies and who the fascists are, who have the temerity to attack me,” was how he opened his show.

As the patriot protector with a bald eagle on his arm he’s going to fight the commies and fascists for those Americans that choose to swallow is swill. Here Dobb’s seems more like a Marvel comic hero then a real man fighting for a real cause. That’s because Lou is selling himself by feeding his audience that hate and anger they crave. It’s easier to be angry at something because it puts you above it. When you’re angry you can hit something – you can seek to change or destroy it. Compassion however takes a little more thought and time because you can’t just stomp your opponent to death.

After meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in Washington Dobb’s went on his show and claimed they asked him if he’d ever even eaten a taco. Rep. Joe Baca responded:

Amazing indeed, as it turned out. U.S. Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA), the caucus leader, wrote columnist Ruben Navarrette of the San Diego Union Tribune that to the best of his recollection taco-talk “did not reflect the true nature of the discussion at our meeting.” In fact, the congressman added, Lou’s reference to Mexican food was “just one example of how he continues to belittle Hispanic members of Congress and the Hispanic community.”

On the idea that Lou Dobb’s is a racist this article sites Mark Potok from the Southern Poverty Law Center:

“It’s no surprise to us why hate groups against certain minority groups have risen in the last four years,” the SPLC’s Potok tells me. “I don’t believe Dobbs is a white supremacist. But I don’t know him personally. His rap is How-Can-I-Be-A-Racist-When-I’m-Married-to-A-Mexican-American? But when he popularizes utter falsehoods about huge groups of people, he is in effect defaming them.”

While Lou Dobbs might not be a racist he certainly helps fuel the anti-migrant fire and until he starts doing some positive immigration stories, or helping those people who are legally trying to enter, then he’ll just be another anti-migrant nativist to me.

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4 thoughts on “The Tainted Love Of Dobbs

  1. Uh, it is Bill O’Reilly that yells over guests, not Dobbs.

    Dobbs does not demonize “immigrants”, he points out that illegal aliens are here in violation of our immigration laws and the fact that our government hasn’t secured our borders. He is inot anti-immigrant, he is pro laws and pro legal immigration. We have quotas on legal immigration for good reasons.

  2. Lou Dobbs of CNN and what he pays in property tax:
    14 acres for $26.03 annually
    31 acres for $146.94 annually
    30 acres for $238.08 annually
    62 acres for $414.78 annually
    43 acres for $368.28 annually
    90 acres for $597.06 annually

    270 acres for $1,793.27 equals $6.64 (six dollars and sixty-four cents) an acre for property tax

    webofdeception.com

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