Today America’s Voice, in partnership with Media Matters for America, announced its intention to run an ad calling for CNN to drop Lou Dobbs during the network’s upcoming broadcast of Latino in America. America’s Voice and Media Matters for America raised nearly $16,000 from grassroots supporters to air the ad during CNN’s heavily promoted four-hour Latino in America series on October 21 and 22. The ad criticizes CNN for giving Lou Dobbs a daily primetime platform to promote falsehoods and hate against immigrants. According to CNN, the series does not mention the role of Lou Dobbs specifically or the role talk radio and cable television shows generally play in creating a hostile climate for Latinos in America.
We came to you with big plans: put a TV commercial on the air, calling on CNN to retire Lou Dobbs and his ugly, race-based rhetoric. Check out the latest version of the ad (we cut it down to 30 seconds).Thanks to your dedication and generosity, we’ve raised the $16,000 necessary to put our commercial on CNN, along with our partners at DroppDobbs.com! We just put our request in to CNN, and we plan to air the ad during their “Latino in America” series next week.
Over the past few weeks, a wide coalition of groups – America’s Voice included — have been channeling the growing outrage over CNN’s determination to keep controversial host Lou Dobbs in its nightly news lineup. This is especially hypocritical as the network prepares to air it special “Latino in America” series with Soledad O’Brien.
According to Marisa Treviño of Latina Lista today, Presente.org and the BastaDobbs.com campaign launched a new video that takes CNN to task.
Lou Dobbs may be the most hated man in television today among immigrant advocacy groups, so the fact that CNN is planning to run a new series about the Latino experience in America without even mentioning the role Dobbs has played in vilifying them isn’t going over so well with the advocates.
I was at the Washington screening of the new CNN series, “Latino in America” last night and was, well, not too happy when I left the building. I’ll get into the details about that in a minute, but what really set me over the edge was when Laura Esquivel, from Media Matters, came up to me and asked if I had heard the latest from Dobbs. I hadn’t, so she read me a transcript from his radio show earlier that day. He was talking about a black Chicago community activist who was upset about the President’s trip to Chicago the other day. And Dobbs had some advice for the black community about issues in their community:
It’s a black community problem. And part of the problem is the black community is not being responsible and I mean turning Heaven and Earth to protect our children.
Every weeknight, CNN airs one full hour of Hate TV — it’s called, “Lou Dobbs Tonight.”
For 260 hours every year, Dobbs has a bully pulpit from which to spew race-baiting, fear, and intolerance, stamped with the CNN seal of approval.
Only 1 week old, our campaign to air a hard-hitting new Lou Dobbs television ad on CNN has already raised about a third of the $16,000 dollars needed. These contributions have come directly from hundreds of everyday people who are fed up with the hate speech on CNN.
Check out the coverage so far.
Today Democracia Ahora released a new report on their newly-launched website TellCNNEnoughisEnough.com. Check it out:”Latino Leaders and their Opinion of CNN’s Lou Dobbs.” According to the Politico: “The results of the report are not surprising – 90 percent of the interviewees believe Dobbs is helping create a negative image of Hispanics, with his frequent criticisms of illegal immigration.”
This week, America’s Voice is launching a campaign to air our new TV ad targeting CNN. The goal: to get Lou Dobbs off the air. This is about taking a microphone away from one of the most dangerous propagandists in America. Few individuals have done more to bring extremism and race-based hate speech into the mainstream than Lou Dobbs. The network that purports to be “the most trusted name in news” broadcasts his vitriol every weekday during primetime.
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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