Lou Dobbs Tonight: The Hate Behind the TV Ad
Along with dozens of community groups and national organizations, we are calling on CNN and Lou’s advertisers to “Drop Dobbs.”
Below is the background of our new TV ad— including broadcast dates and transcripts.
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LIE: Undocumented Immigrants Spread Disease
Dobbs Discussed Possibility Of Tuberculosis, Leprosy And Malaria Coming Through American Borders. [Lou Dobbs Tonight, 4/14/05]
Dobbs asked CNN Correspondent Christine Romans about the possibility of tuberculosis, leprosy and malaria coming through American borders.
Romans: Indeed, many of the diseases public health officials screened out at Ellis Island are again finding their way back into hospital emergency rooms…
Dobbs: Extraordinary is the only reaction I can offer. First, the health officials saying it’s unrealistic to stop this at the border. This is a refrain we hear from everyone who wants to — even health officials concerned about public health. The fact that we’re somehow helpless to defend this country, to secure our borders? What in the world is that about?
Romans: He says in his experience have you to go at the at-risk groups in their neighborhoods, in the populations here in this country and attack the problem from that way. Not stop it at the borders.
Dobbs: Well, certainly that makes great sense, as well. But to stop future cases it seems clear that one would have to secure our borders. Secondly, these other diseases, tuberculosis, leprosy, malaria?
Romans: It’s interesting, because the woman in our piece told us that there were about 900 cases of leprosy for 40 years. There have been 7,000 in the past three years. Leprosy in this country.
Later, Dobbs gets called out on 60 Minutes by Leslie Stahl about the purported 7,000 cases of leprosy. [CBS News, 5/06/07]
Stahl: We went to try and check that number, 7,000. We can’t…
Dobbs: Well, I can tell you this. If we reported it, it’s a fact.
Stahl: You can’t tell me that. You did report it.
LIE: The President Is Not American?
In One Of His Later Shows, Dobbs Reported On What He Called The “Controversy Over The President’s Birth Certificate.” [Lou Dobbs Tonight, 7/28/09]
Dobbs: New developments…in the controversy over the president’s birth certificate…the director of the Hawaii Department of Health issued another statement that she had, in fact, seen Barack Obama’s original so-called long form birth certificate on file with the Department’s Office of Vital Records. That official repeated her opinion that the president was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4th, 1961. She made a similar statement last October. There have been repeated requests from some of the president’s skeptics about the release of his original birth certificate. Hawaii law, however, prevents the actual release of the document to a third party. CNN had previously reported that when Hawaii’s Vital Records Office went paperless in 2001 that the original paper documents were discarded. That was incorrect…a spokeswoman for the Hawaii Department of Health said, in fact, that paper birth records have been retained in addition to the department’s electronic records. A left wing group’s liberal mainstream media have stepped up some attacks on me for reporting on the controversy over the president’s birth certificate when in fact I’ve stated many times that President Obama is a citizen of this country in my opinion. The Southern Poverty Law Center, for example, called on CNN to fire me for my even discussing the story.
LIE: Undocumented Immigrants Are Criminals
Dobbs Said The Bush Administration Was “Ignoring The Plight Of States Overwhelmed By Criminal Illegal Aliens.” [Lou Dobbs Tonight, 3/8/07]
Dobbs: House Democrats set a date for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, but will the Democratic Party remain united on that issue? We’ll have complete coverage…Also, corporate CEO pay skyrocketing. Corporate elites escalating the war on the middle class. Leading members of Congress now say CEOs are just plain greedy and they’re going to do something about it, they say. We’ll have the story. And the Bush administration ignoring the plight of states overwhelmed by criminal illegal aliens. The federal government has failed to secure our borders and is now refusing to reimburse states that jail illegal aliens.”
Dobbs Said “Cross- Border Violence By Criminal Illegal Alien Gangs Is Now Running Rampant.” [Lou Dobbs Tonight, 3/5/07]
Dobbs: There are efforts under way to end gang violence in many of our communities in this country, especially those where cross- border violence by criminal illegal alien gangs is now running rampant. At the same time, a rising number of states are tired of waiting for the federal government to deal with the issue, and they’re passing their own illegal immigration rules. Casey Wian reports on the anti-gang conference held in Los Angeles, ironically a city where police are barred from asking a criminal gang member citizenship status. Bill Tucker reports on states that actually passed tough anti- illegal immigration legislation, much tougher than lawmakers in Washington are even talking about. We begin with Casey Wian in Los Angeles — Casey.
Dobbs Said To Houston Police Chief That Criminal Illegal Aliens Were Returning To America And Killing Police Officers. [Lou Dobbs Tonight, 10/5/06]
Houston police chief, Harold Hurtt: Well, that goes to show you that municipal, county and state law enforcement are doing their job. When people commit offenses in this country, we’re apprehending them, making sure they are prosecuted and sent to jail. And if they’re felonies, we’re also making sure the federal government do their job, deport those individuals and when they come back to this country after being deported, as a previously convicted felon, that’s a criminal offense and of course we’re going to enforce that law.
Dobbs: You talked about an unfunded mandate. The federal government refusing homeland security, if I may say, chief, is nothing but a joke. You don’t have to express an opinion on that. I can say it straight out. When we have borders that are unprotected, when criminal illegal aliens are sent across the border, deported and are returning and murdering police officers. You’re talking about an unfunded mandate. At that unfunded mandate is laying straight forwardly on the taxpayers’ back in this country, U.S. citizens who are paying for it all, the high cost of medical care, social services, crime prevention and prosecution, of course as well.
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