CNN's Lou Dobbs Targeted by Protests

New America Media, News Report, Anthony D. Advincula Posted: Oct 22, 2009

NEW YORK— Hours before the premiere last night of CNN’s highly publicized documentary series, “Latino in America,” immigrant rights supporters rallied outside the cable news giant’s headquarters to call for the firing of anchor Lou Dobbs.

Waving signs that declared “Certainly Not News,” protesters called Dobbs’ daily show, “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” “a platform to foster hatred against Latinos and immigrants” in the country.

“We’re not just angry, but we’re also here to say that Lou Dobbs must go,” said Rosa Clemente.

The New York protest was part of a coordinated series of events held in 18 cities across the country on the first day of CNN’s two-part documentary series on Latinos. The second part of the documentary will be aired tonight.

While protestors acknowledged that CNN’s focus on the vital contribution of Latinos in the United States was admirable, they said it was undermined by Dobbs well-publicized, anti-immigrant rhetoric.

“Lou Dobbs is a terrorist. He is encouraging the American people to hate Latinos,” said Fabian Arias, a pastor of the Sion Lutheran Church in East Harlem. “It is not only a human rights abuse, but it is a form of terrorism against us.”

The group also called on CNN President Jon Klein to address the issue, which they say raises questions about the journalistic credibility of the network. They plan to present a petition to Klein with hundreds of thousands of signature calling for Dobbs’ removal.

Roberto Lovato, an organizer of the national ¡Basta! (Enough!) Dobbs Campaign that staged the CNN protests, and a longtime contributor to New America Media, said that his group’s campaign complements the work of immigration reform.

“It’s hard to get comprehensive immigration reform because we have someone like Dobbs, who fabricates fear among members in the Senate and Congress,” Lovato said. “Dobbs is very influential, and by promoting hatred against Latinos and all other immigrants on his show, it creates a serious ripple effect.”

The campaign to get Dobbs booted from CNN, he added, is “a show of Latino power.”

Outside CNN’s headquarters, Lovato said that Dobbs does not have the right to invoke the First Amendment because he is merely reporting bigotry against immigrants.

“Dobbs is giving people like the Minutemen the empowerment to kill immigrants,” he said, referring to a vigilante group.

Last week in Brooklyn, undocumented Mexican immigrant Mario Rivera was attacked by a group of men who called him a “wetback.” Rivera is still hospitalized with brain damage and is unable to talk or recognize his family.

City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito said that what happened to Rivera is a byproduct of national news media outlets, like CNN, portraying immigrants negatively.

“People at CNN should be ashamed of themselves,” she said. “They should be ashamed for their misinformation, for stripping us of our humanity. I don’t watch CNN. It doesn’t represent my views.”

Mohammad Jehangir Khan, communications director of New York Community Alliance, said that journalists have the foremost responsibility to tell the truth, rather than promoting bigotry.

“Lou Dobbs has the right to give his opinion,” he said, “but he has no right to twist the facts.”

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User Comments

Oscar on Nov 15, 2009 at 23:49:04 said:

It's a good thing that Jack*ss is gone from CNN, but CNN has got a long ways to go to make up for the damage he has done. In my view it was inexcusable for CNN to present such a hateful point of view, then to present it as news. One thing is to have the right of free speech, but there is no right to demonize a whole culture. But this is not unprecedented. In the 50's, 60's and 70's, the news always presented the black, chicano and indian as enemies of America. I think most older persons can remember those Matinee movies which depicted the Indians as attacking the white men and raping the white women. CNN should be absolutely ashamed of their actions. But the sad thing is that their audience (mainly white America) never even realized they were being played.

Carlos Mango on Nov 05, 2009 at 21:27:02 said:

Ken - I guess I could attack your statements by advising you that European immigrants never went through Indian immigration, and since they didn't apply for immigrant status they were all illegal immigrants, not legal as you claim.
first, the article is about Lou Dobbs and his lying, promotion of hate, bigotry. So please stay on topic. If you want to attack illegals, there are enough of us who have witnessed real illegal immigrants and who are willing to defend them. Nobody comes to the United States believing that they want to break US laws, nobody! And if you want to get into the argument of defending the country's laws, that discussion exists, but it is not relevant. We've been there, you haven't. What the article says, and you would have understood it if you read it is about Dobbs and using propaganda to spread hate, nothing else.

Kenneth Sword on Nov 04, 2009 at 09:05:12 said:

Illegal immigrants can so twist anything to make it sound that they are hated and picked on. Well, if you are here illegally, that means you are a cheat. My ancestry is from the legal immigrants that came to the US and they pledged their allegiance to the laws of this country. That includes defending the legal laws we have here.
To be illegal means you broke the law, you have no agreement to uphold our laws, to not pledge your allegiance to the US, and yet you want all the benefits above and beyond everyone that is legally here and that pays taxes.
If this was any other country this would not happen at this magnitude.
Now that China is the richest country in the world will illegals try to go there in the same fashion as they have here in the US.
As you read this I have not once mentioned ANY particular ethnic group. Just the descriptor "ILLEGAL".

Alpha Beto on Oct 31, 2009 at 19:16:02 said:

Maybe they should deport Dobbs wife. I can imagine holidays at the Dobbs home, why with Lou threatening to deport every brown person visiting. Yeah, I bet she is real happy. JMT, well, the Trail of Tears did happen, maybe your ancestors should have had a better immigration policy. But the indians lost the war, and they were Geez..."DEPORTED" from their own land, and killed off. In fact, up to the late 1800's indians were not recognized as US citizens, that was the US take on the Indians, I guess it is up to you to continue the American tradition. So where do you go from here?

JMT on Oct 30, 2009 at 10:43:33 said:

The article should read "illegal alien"/amnesty supporters...

Lou Dobbs is NOT "anti-immigrant" or "anti-Hispanic" (note his wife is Hispanic) he is anti-ILLEGAL alien.

AND to call him a "terrorist" is DEMEANING to REAL victims of REAL terrorists.

BTW, what happened to the ILLEGAL ALIEN Mario Rivera was not the right thing to do to him, HOWEVER, IMO if he ever wakes up he should be DEPORTED AND if any of the relatives that are visiting him in the hospital are ALSO in the country via illegitimate means they should be DEPORTED IMMEDIATELY.

I'm partly of Cherokee ancestry & if my ancestors had protected their sovereignty better then the Trail Of Tears might not have happened.

FYI, my in-laws (JUST like Dobbs') are Hispanic.

byebyeillegalcriminals on Oct 29, 2009 at 22:50:37 said:

stinking brown things belong in the sewer with their democrat commie turd brethren

Carlos Mango on Oct 25, 2009 at 19:41:38 said:

Alien Dave - If he has not made racist remarks against Latinos, what do you call calling for the bombing of Colonia Libertad? On that report he said that it was the nature of Mexicans to be violent, disregard and disrespect authority, and it was the duty of the US to destroy that neighborhood, so how IS THAT NOT RACIST? What if someone had called for Casper Wyoming because the white ranchers could not keep their hands off sheep? Your problem is that as long as he is not calling for violence against the likes of you, you choose to ignore his stance, and you take it as gospel. "Beware of false prophets", and "Thou shalt have no other God." Stop deifying these bigots.

Dave on Oct 25, 2009 at 00:38:41 said:

Talk about liars, I have never signed a petition against Lou Dobbs from MoveOn or any other far left group. Below is an e-mail I just received, it starts out with a lie so I did not bother reading the rest of it.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009 3:26 PM
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Dear MoveOn member,

We're writing today because you recently signed a petition calling on CNN to hold Lou Dobbs accountable for his role in promoting the ridiculous "Birther" conspiracy theory about President Obama's birth certificate.

Dave on Oct 24, 2009 at 13:42:51 said:

Talk about liars, I have never signed a petition against Lou Dobbs from MoveOn or any other far left group. Below is an e-mail I just received, it starts out with a lie so I did not bother reading the rest of it.

Flag this message
Turn up the heat on Lou Dobbs
Saturday, October 24, 2009 3:26 PM
"Justin Ruben, Civic Action"
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Dear MoveOn member,

We're writing today because you recently signed a petition calling on CNN to hold Lou Dobbs accountable for his role in promoting the ridiculous "Birther" conspiracy theory about President Obama's birth certificate.

Dave Allen on Oct 24, 2009 at 13:33:50 said:

I have never heard Lou Dobbs make a racist remark against Latino's or anyone else. He is not against immigration but is against illegal immigration as are most Americans.

Alpha Beto on Oct 23, 2009 at 02:14:01 said:

It is one thing to be in favor of illegal immigration and another to be in favor or demonizing humans at all costs, even at the cost of facts, that is what Dobbs has done and he is well aware of that. He is very eloquent, but he is not truthful, and CNN accepts that as long as he is bringing in money. It is dishonest, corrupt and perfidious. It is inexcusable. This is a powerful corporation which has divested itself of truth and honor and cares only for the bottom line. Dobbs goes out of his way to twist and misquote statistics, even those he knows to be false, frequently quoting FAIR, Minutemen, and every extremist anti-immigrant faction. Check for the truth at the Southern Poverty Law Center website.

Britannicus - I understand you are a racist hater of Mexicans, but that doesn't change the truth. Lou Dobbs lies and provokes violence against Hispanics, whether legal or illegal or US Citizens. I was attacked in Oklahoma City by three racist, who had no idea I was a trained fighter. They called me racist names and cornered me, I asked them to leave several times, but had to injure them when I could not leave. They were lucky I was by myself, if I had to defend my family with me, I would hav e had to injure them permanently. Violence of words is followed by physical violence, and we have seen an increase of physical violence against Hispanics on the last few years and CNN is responsible for this from their provocative rhetoric.

Brittanicus on Oct 22, 2009 at 15:13:52 said:

Without Lou Dobb's commentary Americans would never know about the cloaked agenda of the open border zealots. Lou brought the un-exaggerated truth about the 20 to 30 million illegal immigration invasion from every corner of the world?

Our government needs to prove to the American workers that they mean what they say? That means secure borders and interior immigration enforcement. E-Verify is part of nationwide enforcement, a tool that has caused hysteria amongst the open border demagogues. E-verify was nearly sold out by Sen. Harry Reid , Nancy Pelosi and even Janet Napolitano. But this time they failed to arrest it's capability to remove E-Verify from the Parthenon of tools, that addresses the illegal immigration invasion. Brought into the spotlight by Senator Sessions, they Democratic leadership were unable to sink it beyond the enlightened eyes of the attentive public. As with the 1986 Immigration control and reform bill, those anti-sovereignty organizations have--NEVER--tried to--ENFORCE--the law.

So now those catering to big business are repeatedly saying its broken. like any immigration enforcement laws, Democrats and Republicans alike over decades have refused to enforce the border. A new survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports reveals that 56% of Americans say that federal immigration policies encourage illegal immigration, and 64% believe that local law enforcement should conduct raids in places where illegal aliens gather to find work. Only 19% opposed the raids compared to 24% who opposed such raids back in April. Another condemnation by faith groups is Sen. Chuck Schumer's attempt to claim overwhelming evangelical Christian support for his pending amnesty legislation has crumbled. His master plan was to use the staff and leadership of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) to give the impression of near unanimity.

The NAE tried. But after the members in the pew erupted, only 11 of the 40 NAE member denominations have been willing to sign on to endorse amnesty and Schumer's "comprehensive immigration reform" agenda. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) offered an amendment to the Commerce, Justice and Science (CSJ) appropriations bill that would have prevented CSJ funds from going to cities or localities with "sanctuary" policies (i.e., those cities that prohibit their police officers from assisting Immigration and Customs Enforcement, refuse to report criminal illegal aliens, and act as safe havens for illegal aliens). The paranoid Senators voted 61-38 to table the amendment (effectively killing it), with at least one of your Senators voting against the amendment. Unfortunately these are SANCTUARY STATES such as California that is now submerged under massive financial debt, a large portion caused by the millions of illegal families living of state welfare.

This included Sen. DeMint amendment to construct the original--DOUBLE LAYER--fence, authored originally by Rep.Duncan Hunter, which like most approved laws are hastily thrashed in cloaked conferences pandering to corporate cartels and pro-illegal immigrant lobbyists. Thanks to the open border groups our border defenses comprises of a single layer barrier, with large areas of nothing to halt illegal criminals, drug peddlers, uninhibited terrorists and scores of illegal aliens with families from entering America. Sanctuary policies encourage illegal immigration by sending a signal across the world that anyone who manages to enter the United States will be able to stay here as long as they wish - regardless of their status - because our government lacks the will to enforce its own laws. These illegal policies have contributed to our current illegal immigration debacle and are an embarrassment to the country.

Call and blast your Senators and Representative at 202-224-3121 in Washington. Overwhelming the switchboard with your calls, as it is having an outstanding effect of--MILLIONS of angry voters. INFORM THEM DO YOUR DUTY OR SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES ON RE-ELECTION DAY? Tell them you want a PERMANENT E-Verify for--EVERY WORKER, a secure double layer fence and--REAL--enforcement against sanctuary state policies. Read undisclosed facts at NUMBERSUSA. UNEARTH the corruption at JUDICIAL WATCH. Your voice is needed to halt OVERPOPULATION and American Worker survival. Demand NO-MORE-AMNESTIES. Go home and come through the front door, like millions of legal immigrants?

silver/bells on Oct 22, 2009 at 12:07:11 said:

Just goes to show how feeble minded these racists are. They don't even understand the concept that they will spend the rest of their lives in jail, ruin their families lives forever and create another block spot on the history of thier race by carrying out evil acts like the one that was perpetrated against Marco Rivera and other minorities. All the while their cheerleaders Lou Dobbs and his cronies stand on the sideline holding " it wasn't me" signs.

silver/bells on Oct 22, 2009 at 12:01:14 said:

Those who support Lou Dobbs racist blather as just as ignorant and backassward as Lou Dobbs and the other supremacists who believe that only caucasians are American Citizens. Are you so dumb witted to not realize that soon people will get sick of this racist bullcrap and rise up? Are you so ill informed that you don’t have a clue as to the age demographics that make up the caucasians in this country. Are you so blind to not see that caucasians are an aging population who are not eager to procreate and therefore in a certain number of years will become a minority? Is your head so far up Lou’s backside that you could never imagine in your wildest dreams that there is a huge possibility that latinos and blacks will join forces against the oppression and those who look to marginalize us. Are you so smug in your race to not realize that there are many intellectual and learned blacks and hispanics in this country and that we are gaining a strong toe hold in politics. Newsflash people, in a span of a few months we have a black president and a Hispanic supreme court justice. This is only the beginning.




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