Thursday, November 12, 2009

King is in! Dumped Dobbs running for President?


When I first heard the news—this came to mind. Dobbs dumped! Hooray! Thank you CNN!

This is a good day for America. I wanted to give everyone a high five. One for the gipper!

One less bigot on the air, makes America a better place.

One of the best news of the year is the dumping of bigoted Lou Dobbs from the the CNN prime time lineup. Mr. Dobbs was a very well respected journalist ‘till he left CNN the first time. After he returned his tried to ride the wave of bigotry and racism. For a while he was popular, because Americans heard something that they had not heard before. After a while his putrid stale rehashed repetition of rhetoric began to stink of bad eggs and stale bread.

Months ago the president of CNN/U.S., Jonathan Klein, offered a choice to Lou Dobbs, the channel’s most outspoken anchor. Mr. Dobbs could vent his opinions on radio and anchor an objective newscast on television, or he could leave CNN.

For a time, Mr. Dobbs did tone down his TV rhetoric, but on Wednesday he made a more drastic decision: He chose opinion. The New York Times

The US public had had enough of his nonsense. Hispanic groups rose up in arms. The final nail in the coffin was when Geraldo Riviera blocked his possible move to Fox News. Under pressure from various groups and advertisers, apparently CNN had repeatedly tried to ask him to reduce the decibel of his hate mongering against the most vulnerable sections of society—when he refused—he was apparently fired with a chance to  resign online and say goodbye to his audience.

Dobbs said that CNN/U.S. President Jon Klein released him from his contract so he could pursue other opportunities. He did not offer specifics but suggested that he is seeking a role in which he will not be constrained from speaking freely.

"Over the past six months, it's become increasingly clear that strong winds of change have begun buffeting this country and affecting all of us," Dobbs said as he opened his daily program. "And 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, as well as to contribute positively to a better understanding of the great issues of our day. And to continue to do so in the most honest and direct language possible."

The website reported:sources-lou-dobbs-prepping-presidential-run&catid=1:latest-news that the longtime anchor is considering a political bid, perhaps even running for president. LA Times

In a sign of the times, Americans have given up on evangelists who preach the doctrine of hate.

CNN announced Thursday that John King, the Sunday morning host best known for his magic wall, is taking over the 7 p.m. slot left vacant by the abrupt resignation of Lou Dobbs.

The decision, described by network sources, amounts to a doubling down on straight news. King, a former Associated Press writer, is known for his reporting and neutral approach to politics, while Dobbs has grown increasingly opinionated in recent years, especially on such issues as his opposition to illegal immigration.

"The program will reflect what CNN is all about: the widest range of opinions from across the political spectrum," CNN President Jon Klein said in a statement. He said King will "share his passion and his insights about what is really going on in Washington and across the country."

King will continue as host of "State of the Union," a job he assumed in January, until early next year. He has visited 44 states for field reports for the program while also interviewing a traditional mix of newsmakers, including President Obama.

In a statement, King said he is "thrilled" by the opportunity, adding: "There is a lot of noise and conflict in our political discourse, which is fun to cover, but I'm convinced from my travels that people also thirst for more details as well as insight and context."

The move would give CNN, which is trailing Fox News and MSNBC in prime time, five hours of straight-news programs in the late afternoon and early evening, with King preceded by Wolf Blitzer's "Situation Room" at 4 p.m. and followed by Campbell Brown at 8 p.m. Larry King's 9 p.m. program is more of a mix of celebrity news, culture and politics.

Dobbs announced Wednesday night that he was leaving the network he helped found in 1980 "to go beyond the role" of a television journalist in tackling the country's problems. He struck a populist tone, saying he would mount a campaign "to overcome the lack of true representation in Washington, D.C." Several liberal and Latino groups, outraged by his comments on immigration and other issues, had called for Dobbs's resignation, which Dobbs said grew out of extensive discussions about his role with Klein. Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, November 12, 2009; John King to take over Dobbs's slot at CNN By Howard Kurtz 10:34 AM Kurtz also works for CNN and hosts its weekly media program, "Reliable Sources," which airs during "State of the Union."

This is a good day for America. One gone.

Over the years Mr. Dobbs evolved from being a sober business anchor to a commentator who labeled himself “Mr. Independent.” The issues at the top of his agenda — ones that he mentioned again on Wednesday in explaining his departure — include immigration policy, the growth of the country’s middle class, climate change, and the military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq. He had saved his most ideological remarks for his afternoon radio show, which made its debut in March 2008. It is on the radio show that he talked repeatedly about the conspiracy theory claims that President Obama is not a United States citizen. When he mentioned the citizenship issue on CNN over the summer, he raised the ire of his bosses and provoked criticism from progressive groups.

More recently, his coverage of immigration provoked protests by Hispanic groups. On Wednesday one of the groups,, which had called on CNN to fire the anchor, declared a “victory.”

Roberto Lovato, a co-founder of the group, said, “We are thrilled that Dobbs no longer has this legitimate platform from which to incite fear and hate.” The New York Times

If Lou decides to run for president he will meet the same fate has Tancredo of Colorado

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