Blog Focus On Lou Dobbs' CNN Exodus
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It's fair to say that someone else is going to take his job.
The middle class advocate and host of Lou Dobbs Tonight left CNN to pursue other opportunities Wednesday night. The departure appears to be a mutual divergence, but his anti-immigration stance has left pro-immigration folks cheering tonight. This is almost a certainty: it's definitely not the last we'll see of him. Not after what he said on his final broadcast, letting his viewers know he was leaving:
I truly believe that the major issues of our time include — the growth of our middle-class, the creation of more jobs, health care, immigration policy, the environment, climate change, and our military involvement, of course, in Afghanistan and Iraq.
But each of those issues is, in my opinion, informed by our capacity to demonstrate strong resilience of our now weakened capitalist economy and demonstrate the political will to overcome the lack of true representation in Washington, D.C.
It leaves many doors for him wide open. But which shall he choose, Monty Hall? The bloggers can only guess, or at least look back at his career:
• Gawker — Welcome to Obviousville. Population, Ryan Tate: "Dobbs would fit much more snugly into the right-wing stable of shouting heads over at Fox than he did at CNN." It's been rumored for quite some time that he could go over there. So far, it doesn't sound like any discussions are in the hopper.
• Chicanísima — This may be hard to believe, but the Hispanic community? Not a huge fan of Mr. Dobbs. Teresa Puente admits she didn't want to see him get fired, because it'd give conservatives a valid license to whine. "But at least for now I can go back to watching CNN."
• Zero Hedge — Marla Singer saw Dobbs' declaration as a precursor to his inevitable presidential campaign. No Congress? "The guy doesn't strike us as the patient sort once he gets moving. Sort of like a loaded coal freight. Sooty, lumbering and slow. Full of it. But also possessed of a great, languid and indomitable momentum."
• News Corpse — So now there's the matter of getting a new host. Presumably they'll change the name from Lou Dobbs Tonight (or, hey, have a kitschy approach by leaving it in) but they'll certainly need a new warm body. Who to pick? News Corpse thinks a Wolf Blitzer promotion isn't the answer. "They will need to avoid the trap of personality-driven spokesmodels. It would be wise for them to build an investigative news group as the central point of their programming."
• Ernie's Place — Okay, SOMEBODY in the blogosphere had to like Lou Dobbs. And that someone is Ernie Branscomb: "I think that Lou Dobbs understood that Wall Street was selling America offshore, while they put a dime out of every dollar that left the country in their pockets. It might be great for the Wall Street investors, but when the money is all gone, there won't be any money for anybody."