Say Lou Dobbs, and I immediately think leprosy. Not because I want to be near him about as much as I’d like to be near a leper, although that’d be true too. No, I’m referring to his hysterical accusation that undocumented immigrants are causing an epidemic of leprosy. Ever since encountering his crazy last year, I have a one-track mind when it comes to Dobbs–and his continued appearance on CNN gives me doubt regarding that network as well.
Today, Presente.org and a host of other allied Latino organizations are helping CNN to help itself by calling for Dobbs’ termination. Recent events such as the Tiller murder or Holocaust museum shooting remind us that hate-filled language can lead to hate-driven actions; aware that Dobbs’ rhetoric puts them in danger, Latinos want to protect themselves by getting him off the air.
Ludicrous references to undocumented immigrants as “invaders” attempting to reconquer America inflame members of anti-immigrant groups like the Minuteman American Defense (MAD): in May, a Mexican man and his nine-year-old daughter were murdered by three members of the organization, which touts the tagline “doing the job our government won’t do.”
Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center states:
How dangerous is Lou Dobbs? The rise in hate crimes against Latinos coincides almost exactly with the time Dobbs has been propagating false conspiracy theories about Latinos on the air. He’s not urging people to go hurt and kill – but that is the effect of what he does.
In a country where citizens of late have proven willing to resort to violence–in this case, even the killing of a child–in support of a hate-fueled extremist agenda, giving primetime air space to an incendiary force such as Dobbs cannot be justified. He can’t just be dismissed, ignored, as a voice out-of-touch with reality, because people listen to and believe him, especially with CNN giving him the appearance of legitimacy.
If you want Dobbs’ off the air, go to bastadobbs.com for more information and to tell the president of CNN that, with Lou, the network is a far cry from the “Most Trusted Name in News.”