Somebody doesn’t like Lou Dobbs. I would say that NOBODY likes Lou, but I’m sure there are still those who find his rantings and ravings muy interesante. I don’t. And neither do these people.
For years, Dobbs and CNN banked on the fact that many of the Latinos who bear the brunt of his systematic media assaults–Spanish-speaking immigrants–were unaware of the threat that Dobbs posed. (Not surprisingly, CNN does not translate Dobbs for broadcast on its CNN en Espanol network). But all of that is changing; Latinos are increasingly making the connection between racism in the media and discrimination in their hometowns, and coming to a simple, yet historic conclusion: Lou Dobbs is the Most Dangerous Man for Latinos in America.
Which is why, today, Presente.org (of which I am a founding member) is joining with Latino organizations throughout the United States demanding that CNN get rid of Dobbs. And we are not alone. In the coming weeks, CNN President Jon Klein will be inundated by a growing national chorus of calls from www.bastadobbs.com and others demanding his network to stop promoting Dobbs’ brand of “news.” From a Latino perspective, Klein and CNN must respond if they are to maintain any semblance of credibility in the Latino media market. If CNN doesn’t live up to its claim to being the “most trusted name in news” it risks losing out on the fastest growing viewing demographic in the country.
What’s gotten those bees in their bonett? The kind of thing that should piss anyone who hates racism off. Dobbs has been spending his time with FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. And while the name of the org sounds innocuous, the group just happens to be founded by an individual labeled as a white nationalist hate-mongerer and the group is listed as a hate group by Morris Dees’ Southern Poverty Law Center.
So … Lou Dobbs (who happens to have a Latina wife) is hanging out with folks who basically think his Latina wife is inferior to them in just about every form imaginable and would like to pack her up in a box and ship her back to Mexico. Classy.
Well, Dobbs has been doing his radio show from FAIR’s national lobbying conference this week and many Latino groups have decided they’ve had all they can stand and they can’t stand anymore.
The movement to drop Dobbs marks a critical shift in the direction of Latino activism in the United States. It was previewed in 2006, when media and technology helped move thousands to march through the streets, waving flags, beating drums and demanding change. And now, as the destructive role that the national media can play in spreading myths and misinformation becomes painfully clear, we are witnessing a new age of Latino media activism. These battles will be fought through Internet organizing, on cell phones via text messaging, and on blogs as much as in the streets. Paradoxically, we have no one to thank for this new movement more than Lou Dobbs. The Most Dangerous Man for Latinos in America may do as much as anyone to unite us in our ongoing struggle for civil rights.
I think Dobbs is an asshat, so I’m all for this Most Dangerous Man for Latinos in America label. Now, if you can get him off my teevee just who do I make the check out to?