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As pressure mounts, Lou Dobbs is feeling the heat

In the past few weeks, multiple groups have launched campaigns to get Lou Dobbs off the airwaves at CNN. First, there is the Drop Dobbs campaign, partnering with Media Matters to track Lou’s misinformation and hate speech, then there is the Latino led Basta Dobbs, the Enough is Enough campaign from Democracia and the recently launched TV ad campaign by America’s Voice (video above).

Yesterday’s launch of tv ads targeting Dobbs and CNN was coupled with a scathing blog post from Adam Luna at America’s Voice.

The real question is, what else does Dobbs have to do to get fired?  He called Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst a “public service,” perpetuated the birther conspiracy, has congratulated the Minutemen, and just last week was honored by the anti-immigrant group FAIR – designated a Hate Group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

It’s time that CNN executives and the other “talent” at CNN deport Dobbs to Fox or talk radio where he belongs.  He doesn’t deserve the CNN seal of approval. Until CNN deals with its Lou Dobbs problem, any attempt to reach out to Latino audiences will be pure hypocrisy.

Seems like our friend Lou is feeling the heat. On his show yesterday, he took some time out to respond to the current campaigns for his dismissal.  Roberto Lovato (a leader in the BastaDobbs campaign, with Presente.org) had a recent post about the campaigns to drop Dobbs’ that circled the blogosphere and apparently, they were enough to get under Dobbs’ skin. Lovato wrote:

Dobbs left the realm of facts a long time ago. What Dobbs plies is not even “advocacy journalism,” as he sometimes calls it. It’s propaganda, and it’s dangerous. At a time when discrimination against Latinos is growing, and FBI statistics signal a 4 year rise in anti-Latino hate crimes, experts are beginning to draw a connection between anti-immigrant messages in the media and anti-Latino discrimination and violence in communities across the country. In other words, it seems that when Lou Dobbs talks, people can get hurt.

Check out Dobbs’ ranting response below. It’s clear that he is feeling the pressure, given that his response is to flag the first amendment in order to defend his own steady stream of anti-Latino xenophobia, dressed up as  “advocacy journalism”.

Dobbs refers to Lovato as a “flea”, but obviously these actions are getting something right. Let’s keep up the pressure!

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