Huzzah! After a tortuous career comprised of reporting opinion as fact and suckling at the teat of corporate America, espousing hate while claiming to speak for the people, Lou Dobbs, arguably one of the worst “newsmen” and commentators ever to be conveyed via cathode ray has left CNN. His next endeavor is to change the world, a goal the confines of CNN simply could not accommodate. Ignore that he’d become a festering lesion on CNN’s ass by virtue of his incessant, blathering stupidity.
Bigger than any network, Dobbs recently campaigned steadfastly against immigration, seeding storm clouds of hate and fear by proclaiming America is under siege by a veritable Tsunami of illegal aliens not content with merely finding a better life. No, their goal, according to Big Lou is to deconstruct the very core of our democracy by taking advantage of government-funded social services (without ever paying in), essentially depleting social relief resources available to all native-born citizens. They take our jobs (despite the fact that we refuse to accept working conditions immigrants embrace), they take over neighborhoods, they increase crime and threaten the questionable stability of our imperiled nation.
Most recently, Dobbs became a crusader for the “Birthers,” a group of venomous bigots bent on overturning Obama’s presidency by asserting he wasn’t born in America. Lou is one of the “movements” stalwarts and given his national media podium, rendered a sense of legitimacy to the lunatic fringe.
Lou Dobbs has never possessed journalistic standards rising above sewer level. Etched in my memory is the glowing recommendations he incessantly offered back in his “Money Line” days for all things Enron. One of its biggest cheerleaders, Dobbs featured Enron, claiming that they were poised for unprecedented success DAYS before their historic bankruptcy. As a former Enron share owner (AKA LOSER), I’ve never forgiven him this. Yet within days, all record, transcript or otherwise, seems to have been scrubbed from the public record.
Previous readers know I’ve been out for dual surgeries that once made it difficult to post items. Recently, my lack of activity is due more to general lethargy than anything concrete. Much has happened in the past several months that I felt guilty to not comment on. My next hiatus will be for hand/arm surgeries that I intend to postpone as long as possible. But for now, thanks to Lou Dobbs, I’m back.
According to Lou, he is urged by fans, leaders and his own conscience to press on to greater pursuits–to use his gravitas to rid America and the world of problems so grave that he can no longer be effective a media personality posing as a news person. Regardless, we dearly deserve a break from Lou Dobbs.
As much as I want to bathe in the simple comfort of this, I dread what Lou does next. I’ve said he’s a hack, not that he’s ineffective. Thank God he’s no longer on nightly. We must appreciate life’s simple pleasures.