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Why do we let racism thrive on CNN? It's time for Lou Dobbs to go.

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CNN News anchor Lou Dobbs is using his position to promote rightwing hate movements, including the clearly discredited "birther" movement which spreads destructive lies about President Barack Obama's citizenship. CNN president Jonathan Klein emailed staffers at "Lou Dobbs Tonight" informing them that the story had been thoroughly debunked. And yet Dobbs continues to highlight voices questioning the validity of the president's birth certificate on his program. Why is Klein accepting this behavior?

For years, Lou Dobbs has used his platform on CNN to spread myths and misinformation about Latinos and immigrants. Our friends at Presente.org, working hard to get Dobbs off the air, say he is the "most dangerous man for Latinos in America."

Just how dangerous is Dobbs? Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center says: "The rise in hate crimes against Latinos coincides almost exactly with the time Dobbs has been propagating false conspiracy theories about Latinos on the air. He's not urging people to go hurt and kill - but that is the effect of what he does."

Dobbs is helping fuel the rising tide of hatred and extremism against minorities in this country. CNN would fire an anchor that used network resources to suggest the moon landing was a hoax. Why is the fictional "birther" claim any different? And, in fact, it's more dangerous.


Don Hazen
Executive Editor, AlterNet.org

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lou dobbs is and american voice who needs to stay ... by margo on Wednesday, Sep 23, 2009 at 7:29:49 PM
If you are going to argue freedom of speech, you n... by daveys on Wednesday, Sep 23, 2009 at 8:05:08 PM
I believe there are very many people concerned wit... by bucketslogg on Thursday, Sep 24, 2009 at 10:02:34 AM
I agree with both comments - to equal degrees.What... by Doc "Old Codger" McCoy on Wednesday, Sep 23, 2009 at 9:16:20 PM
Your characterization of what Joan Brunwasser said... by Michael Collins on Thursday, Sep 24, 2009 at 12:26:47 AM
CNN relies on ratings to determine its programing.... by Doc "Old Codger" McCoy on Friday, Sep 25, 2009 at 12:10:04 AM
decisions." I don't care about their ratings and I... by Michael Collins on Friday, Sep 25, 2009 at 3:20:59 AM
Dump Dobbs, Lou that is. Lou is not related to J.R... by Michael Collins on Thursday, Sep 24, 2009 at 12:18:17 AM
You seem to be saying. "If we fail to take Lou Dob... by Jason Paz on Thursday, Sep 24, 2009 at 1:06:01 AM
Is truth too hard to handle on this blog? On the h... by Michael Lee on Thursday, Sep 24, 2009 at 8:12:59 AM
I disagree vhemently with Lou Dobbs on the Birther... by William Cormier on Thursday, Sep 24, 2009 at 9:39:28 AM
Hello everyone. Lou Dobbs is agreatAmericanpatriot... by David H Abernathy on Thursday, Sep 24, 2009 at 1:24:21 PM
The real racists in the U.S. are the ones who want... by Simple Truth on Thursday, Sep 24, 2009 at 8:51:15 PM
Are you aware that in many states, guest workers a... by Michael Collins on Friday, Sep 25, 2009 at 3:35:37 AM
I am technically a guest worker in China. I have b... by Doc "Old Codger" McCoy on Saturday, Sep 26, 2009 at 1:53:56 AM
The key to union power is collective bargaining. W... by Jason Paz on Friday, Sep 25, 2009 at 12:18:48 AM
is a commentator.......not exactly a newscaster...... by Ernest on Friday, Sep 25, 2009 at 2:51:19 AM