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Old 10-22-2009, 12:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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"CNN, Fire Lou Dobbs" Movement Makes Dobbs Squirm to Fox Business TV

Lou Dobbs’s Next Home: Fox Business? - Media Decoder Blog -

October 12, 2009

The anchor Lou Dobbs appears to be exploring an exit from CNN, his longtime employer.

Certainly, Fox continues to aggressively bolster its on-air talent, most
recently with the hiring of John Stossel, the libertarian investigative journalist
from ABC News, for its spin-off channel, Fox Business. Mr. Dobbs, an
administration critic who calls himself an independent, met for dinner with
Roger E. Ailes, the chairman of Fox News, last month, according to two
people with direct knowledge of the meeting.

One of the people said Mr. Dobbs is a potential hire for the Fox Business
Network, the ratings starved, two-year-old spin-off of Fox News. Mr. Ailes
has shown willingness to raid other networks for Fox Business talent, adding
the controversial radio host Don Imus this month and bringing aboard Mr.
Stossel in a few weeks.

Mr. Dobbs has been with CNN since its founding and anchors the 7 p.m.
hour “Lou Dobbs Tonight.” He has evolved over the years from a straight-
laced business anchor to an outspoken commentator who rails against illegal
immigration and taxpayer bailouts, among other subjects.

Mr. Dobbs clashed with others at CNN over the summer when he asked
questions about President Obama’s citizenship.
AP: "CNN's Latino Special Avoids Dobbs"
From the Associated Press:

NEW YORK — CNN is airing a four-hour special on Latinos in America this week
that ignores its own commentator Lou Dobbs,
whose persistent advocacy against illegal immigration has angered many Hispanics.

Some activists have started an anti-Dobbs petition drive,
and an advocacy group's effort to criticize Dobbs within the documentary was turned down by CNN.
This week's special has left many Latinos with mixed feelings:
proud that CNN talks about issues important to them but disappointed the network isn't addressing Dobbs' position head-on.

The "Latino in America" documentary airs in two parts Wednesday and Thursday at 9 p.m. EDT, repeated at midnight.

"Lou Dobbs is the gigantic anti-immigration elephant in the room at CNN," said Roberto Lovato,
who is helping to organize the petition drive. "Rather than address him, they decided to just avoid the issue."

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