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[Updated] Lou Dobbs resigns from CNN

CNN host Lou Dobbs resigned from the network today, saying that he has been urged by political and business leaders to leave his television platform to “engage in constructive problem-solving” on national issues. He said today's show was his last.

“Over the past six months, it’s become increasingly clear that strong winds of change have begun buffeting this country and affecting all of us,” Dobbs said, adding that he’s considering pursuing a number of options.

“As for the important work of restoring inspiration to our great free society and our market economy, I will strive to be a leader in that national conversation,” he said.

Dobbs’ break with CNN comes after he worked at the network for more than a quarter century, starting with its inception in 1980, often clashing with network executives in the process. While he originally led the network’s business coverage, in recent years Dobbs developed a populist persona that has increasingly been out of step with the network’s emphasis on neutral reporting. He has railed about the country’s immigration policy and used his show to raise questions about the validity of President Obama’s birth certificate. 

Several months ago, CNN/U.S. President Jon Klein discussed with Dobbs tamping down the opinion on his show, something he agreed to do. But his presence on CNN continued to be a source of friction within the network. Liberal groups have been calling for CNN to let him go and on Wednesday celebrated his resignation.

“Our contention all along was that Lou Dobbs – who has a long record of spreading lies and conspiracy theories about immigrants and Latinos – does not belong on the ‘most trusted name in news,’ ” said Roberto Lovato, co-founder of Presente.org, a national online advocacy organization coordinating BastaDobbs.com, a Latino-led coalition. “We are thrilled that Dobbs no longer has this legitimate platform from which to incite fear and hate.”

[Updated]: CNN President Jon Klein issued the following statement today: "Lou Dobbs is a valued founding member of the CNN family. For decades, Lou fearlessly and tirelessly pursued some of the most important and complex stories of our time, often well ahead of the pack. All of us will miss his appetite for big ideas, the megawatt smile and larger than life presence he brought to our newsroom, and we're grateful to have known and worked with him over the years. With characteristic forthrightness, Lou has now decided to carry the banner of advocacy journalism elsewhere. We respect his decision and wish him, Debi, and his family the very best."

— Matea Gold

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Dobbs is no Republican, he's a Pro Union Democrat. He's all about protecting Union scumbags

Lou Dobbs really lost any credibity when he questioned "the validity of President Obama's citizenship."

Then, whenever he started on his "rally" about illegal immigrants, he flipped from a business news correspondent to a biased political commentator more like a Rush Limbaugh or Al Franken (before he became a US Senator). This just did't make sense and felt surreal when he first started it.

Issues related to free and/or fair trade are important to me and and don't necessarily reflect a conservative position, however:

1. The business news is an inappropriate venue for this.
2. Harping on these issues daily is more aimed as a one-sided (or in this case a one-track) political radio talk show.

I am a very glad to see Lou Dobbs leave. His hateful and bigoted commentaries and his pandering to the fear element and the most base of human emotions have for too long been an embarrassment for CNN. He should have been fired long ago.

Movin' to FOX

There is alot of wisdom in his words. It's unfortunate so many are unable to recognize that. I wish you nothing but the best Lou and look forward to following your future steps!

Lou Dobbs was clearly feared by "All" bleeding heart liberals, radical groups, Illegal Aliens, and especially our left wing, socialist Government Officials.

The Country is falling apart, by fighting two unpopular "Wars", Massive unemployment, Millions losing their homes, and a serious recession that is heading towards, what the experts having been trying to say all along, into a "Deep Depression" equal to the 1930's.

Lou Dobbs woke up the "Spirt" of the American Soul and let us know that we should never give up and to continue to exposed corruption, and rid us of tyranny.

God Bless Him

Mr President Dobbs (if Obama is indeed a sissy who doesn't know how to beat 2 Radio Men Gone Berserk):
In case you you get elected, these are my recommendations:
1-Close the border with Mexico altogether.
2-Build the Real Chinese/Mongolian-American Wall against those Barbarians.
3-Once you stifle the life out of America, by stopping the good Mexican workers at the gate, you can bring the Chinese instead to populate and work this fertile land.
4-Since America will be so indebted to the Chinese (not only because of the loans, grown so big we may default, but now because of the labor which replace that of the Mexicans), you won't need the US Army to defend us from Emperor Mao Tse Tung troops, already encroaching on the West Coast.
5-Sign a peace treaty with the Chinese Government (The New Enpire) by the end of your second term in the White House, surrendering San Francisco to the Chinese General who made it first, after crossing the Pacific with his squadron of 100 Aircraft Carriers, now docked in the Bay Area.
6-You won't need to fight for a middle class anymore at this point, Lou: It won't exist, thanks to US Presidents like You: Only very Poor (79%) and Very Rich (6%)
¡God Bless America!

Dear President Obama:
You got competition for the Oval Office in 3 years, Big Time.
The ticket opposing you in 2012 is as follows:
Lou Dobbs on top of Ticket, Rush Limbaugh Bottom, or viceversa-- pending further negotiations with the RNC.
Lou Dobbs is NOT leaving for FOX. Let's not be fools. Not with this astute gentleman, so inclined to do "rigorous, empirical thought and forthright analysis and discussion," as he put it in his last broadcast.
HE OUTFOXED US ALL. (Bastard Married to a Mexican Woman, and living with his Mexican in Laws in a Farm in NJ. ICE should check: I believe they are NOT Legal)
To step down from "Lou Dobbs Tonight", Jon Klein, CEO at CNN, only advised him to pursue his political aspirations (HE HAD BECOME A LIABILITY TO CNN), since he had already ran its full course eviscerating the noble profession of Journalism and turning it into a carnival of lies and false accusations, picking on the easiest of the targets:
Latinos, Latinos Immigrants, and IMMIGRANTS, period.
A nation of immigrants observed for the better part of the last 6 years how he managed to slaughter immigrants and immigrants dreams by liking them to the very demon.
He was himself the Demon personified.
Make us believe that Angels are indeed Demons?
Make us believe that the very force that transforms America every 100 years is going to tear the country apart?
Thanks God he is gone from the TV screen, step down from his Bully Pulpit to pursue his old political aspirations (yes, we saw that American Flag in the Background in his last spewing of blatant lies).
SHAME ON CNN, turned again by J. KLEIN, his adroit CEO, into the CHICKEN NEWS NETWORK.
Poor Ted, being humiliated again. Never stops, Turner. You blew it... :(.

Thomas Jefferson
3rd U.S. President, Drafter and Signer of the Declaration of Independence

"God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever; That a revolution of the wheel of fortune, a change of situation, is among possible events; that it may become probable by Supernatural influence! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in that event."
--Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, p. 237.

"I am a real Christian – that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ."

--The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, p. 385.

"If My people" which are called by My name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land" (2 Chron. 7:14).

Lou Dobbs will continue to shine the light of truth, without the oppression of liberal cnn.
Cnn will continue to lose viewers, as Fox News expands. With Glenn Beck and O'Reilley exposing the liberal elite and their socialist agenda, Fox News is the # 1 News organization in America.
The recent elections in November, showed that the Independents and Conservatives will not tolerate a socialist agenda in America. 2010 elections will be the target to get America back on track.
America cannot afford obama's socialist agenda.

Lou Dobbs told the truth(at least his truth), and backed this up with cold hard facts! This should not be considered hateful, it's the truth! SO now in America if you have a different opinion from a liberal veiwpoint you are considered a right wing loon or extremist, that is so crazy it's funny!!! Good luck Lou, you were one of the only reasons I watched CNN!!!

Isn't it nice to know that the Marxist administration in the white house has forced out the only bright light at the Communist News Network? This should cause CNN to slide further down the scale of "watched" news broadcasts as if they could get any lower.

CNN getting rid of Lou Dobbs is a big mistake. You let him go before and the hew and cry was enormous. It is sickening the way you let the liberals run your programming. You did the same with Glen Beck. How can you say that you give all sides of an issue if you get rid of the opposite view. You are no better than the comments you have about Fox. To let radical groups force you into forcing out real newsmen and women is appalling. You no longer give real news it is filtered through liberal bias. You used to be the place I went to for the truth, but no more. With the exit of Lou, I am gone. How can you think you are being honest with us the American People. The news industry is no longer the watchdog for the people that you are supposed to be. You all have an agenda, and to heck with the truth.

Here we go again, words of hate again from those who preach about tolerance, an call others hypocrites. These posts tell the real trues.
please tell me by my comment what I am.......

With all due respect to those commenting here, it seems as if some of you are against Lou Dobbs speaking out against illegal immigration. The United States coined the moniker "illegal" when reffering to the influx of people entering, living and working in the United States without following the proper channels. The word "illegal" means "against the law". To me it seems as if Lou Dobbs is only fighting to enforce our own laws. Where's the danger in that?

Whatever happened to free speech? I disagreed with Lou Dobbs on a number of issues but I don't see a reason for the man to leave his job over it. It now seems that we have CNN for the liberals and Fox News for the conservatives. Why is that necessary? Why not have liberals and conservatives at both? Are people really so appalled and afraid when someone else's opinion is different from their own that they have to actually run the person off? I guess everyone can be happy now. The conservatives can hear their views at one station and the liberals can hear their views at another. The problem that I see lies in the fact that no one will be hearing anything new and they won't be hearing other viewpoints that might actually be worth considering.

Love him or hate him, he reported the truth and if you couldn't handle it chances are your living a lie.
Never again will I watch cnn.


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