CNN newsman Lou Dobbs, an increasingly strident voice against illegal immigration had his last show on CNN last night. Although this has apparently been in the works for a while, he tendered his resignation suddenly, only telling his staff this afternoon. Watch his resignation announcement here.
MSNBC, quoted Jonathan Klein, the president of CNN/U.S. as saying "Lou has now decided to carry the banner of advocacy journalism elsewhere." That's funny. CNN never heard of "advocacy journalism" before? What is it that they do?
Dobbs added that he wanted:
to contribute positively to the understanding of the great issues of our day ... in the most honest and direct language possible.
Dobbs listed all the issues he thought critical to our time, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the economy, illegal immigration, and so forth. But more importantly:
...each of those issues is in my opinion informed by our capacity to demonstrate strong resilience of our now weakened capitalist economy and demonstrate the political will to overcome the lack of true representation in Washington DC. I believe these to be profoundly critically important issues...And as for the important work of restoring inspiration to our great free society and our market economy, I will strive as well to be a leader in that national conversation...
So Lou recognizes the broader picture that our entire country, our government, our very way of life, is threatened. As go those bedrock issues, so goes everything else. With the exception of the radio talk show hosts we know and love, practically no one in this country, certainly few among the political class, are doing much of anything to defend the concepts of freedom and free market which were the foundation of our greatness and our wealth.
According to the AP Dobbs said some leaders in media, politics and business "have been urging me to go beyond my role here at CNN and to engage in constructive problem-solving." Does he mean running for office? Not surprisingly, at Dobbs' announcement, all the illegal immigration advocates were out in force declaring victory. The home page of one particular site, Bastadobbs.com, shouted: "We did it!" Go to their "Who We Are" page to see all the radical affiliated sites. The only ones I didn't see up there were National Council of La Raza (NCLR), MALDEF and MEChA. But that doesn't mean they weren't active in opposing Dobbs. On their website NCLR proudly proclaims participation in a boycott against Dobbs' CNN advertizers. The National Council of La Raza is one of the most radical illegal immigration proponents out there. In a fashion very similar to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), they disguise underhanded Alinsky tactics with slick PR, which has managed to co-opt some gullible -- or maybe just self-serving -- GOP Senators (like Lindsay Graham and John McCain) into supporting their agenda. They ardently claim for example, to only be interested in legal immigration. But they were a very big partner with George Soros, ACORN, MALDEF and MEChA in the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, who together lobbied hard for the Amnesty bill that fortunately went down in flames two years ago. A 2007 article in Truth & Consequences exposed the radical nature of this organization. For example, regarding California's Proposition 187 barring illegal immigration, former NLCR President Raul Yzaguirre called supporters "bigots and xenophobes." He dismissed Republican efforts to court the Hispanic vote by saying "a knife in the back is deadly even if it's delivered with a smile." This despite the fact that NCLR gets annual appropriations from the federal government to assist them in their activities and enjoys bi-partisan support. So much for moderation and honesty, or gratitude for that matter. NCLR can further be considered a player in the Crisis Strategy promoted by ACORN, Soros, and our wonderful President. This aspect of the group was described in a 2007 article that appeared in American Thinker. MALDEF, The Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, has a whole page of videos and articles attacking Dobbs and challenging his assertions. MALDEF also supported the horrendous Hate Crimes Legislation, that unfortunately was just signed into law, in addition to being at the forefront of defending illegal immigrants.
Dobbs is unlikely to disappear from the public stage. Stay tuned for more from him, just not on CNN.