…that dumping Lou Dobbs indicated CNN was starting to take their middle initial seriously. As it turns out: Nope! They were just looking for someone even more objectionable. (One wonders why they didn’t just keep Glenn Beck, really.)
I don’t really see what further comment I could add. Erickson is vile. He’s certainly as vile as Limbaugh or Beck. He makes much of the rest of the conservative blagoweb look measured and reasonable, and that’s no mean feat.
Yet, somehow, the fact that people say “fuck” on Daily Kos is constantly held up as evidence that liberal bloggers are hateful and meanspirited and unserious — and I have no doubt that we’ll also continue to see right-wing bloggers and Fox News blasting CNN for being an exemplar of the “liberal media.”
Bye-bye, Loud Obbs. Don’t bother to write. And congratulations to CNN on finally deciding that middle “N” might mean something after all.
As folks like the indispensable Dave Neiwert have amply chronicled, CNN’s primetime star Lou Dobbs has long provided a mainstream loudspeaker for radical racist/xenophobic nativism, and contributed to the atmosphere of paranoia about “illegals” that leads to the murder of 9-year-old-girls. His vicious, fact-free anti-immigrant ravings alone should have prevented him from ever being allowed a spot on a major news network.
But now he’s picked an additional target, and a new set of paranoid fantasies: President Obama and the Birther cause. It’s hard to imagine how he could get any farther beyond the pale at this point.
CNN needs to either fire Dobbs, or drop the “News” from their name and give similar amounts of coverage to every equally plausible conspiracy theory: the moon-landing-hoax theory, for example, and the Roswell coverup, and of course the 9/11 Truthers while we’re at it. Maybe throw in a special on how no one really knows for sure whether the Freemasons secretly control all the governments of the world. Rehire Glenn Beck, why not? He’s no crazier than the Birthers.
Dobbs is an embarrassment, CNN. Dump him: your credibility’s on the line.