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    Monday, April 17, 2006

    Illegal-alien activists target Lou Dobbs

    Worldnet daily, among others, is reporting that illegal-alien activist groups plan to target AOL (a subsidiary of the same company that owns CNN) in an effort to get Lou Dobbs fired from CNN. 'Ax-AOL', as it is being called, hopes to apply economic pressure on the parent company by boycotting AOL. Why AOL? Because Lou Dobbs is the largest money-maker for CNN, it is unlikely that CNN would elect to fire Dobbs; thus, top-down pressure from Time-Warner-AOL is being sought as a means to pressure CNN to let Dobbs go.

    Lou Dobbs has been focused on the broken borders for years, well before the recent firestorm surrounding the issue. Over that period of time, he has championed the need for stricter enforcement of immigration policy, as well as heightened border protection. Thus, he has been a vocal proponent of HR 4437, the bill introduced by Rep. Sensenbrenner that would call for a border fence, as well as make illegal entry into the US a felony.

    I, personally, am quite a fan of Lou Dobbs. I disagree with him on a variety of issues, but I recognize not only his talent as a newsman, but also his ability to approach the issues without bias, and without emotion. It is this sort of logical tact that has lead him to his stance on border security, and on that issue we coincide. However, I find it ironic that those who disagree with his logical assertions are forced to take such a back-door approach (though that is, obviously, something they are used to). As mentioned above, Dobbs is the largest money-maker for CNN. Thus, his message seems to have a large, and supportive audience. Pressuring CNN directly would yield no action, and thus, supporters must rely on alternative means.

    I sincerely hope that CNN and their parent company do not bow to this pressure. He should be considered a valued assett, and firing him will be a severe restriction on their ability to legitimately present the news. Firing Dobbs would indicate that CNN lacks the ability to present one side of this particular argument. Thus, their reporting of the border situation would be severely biased towards favoring illegal aliens. This, I think, would set a dangerous precedent for the news channel.

    'Ax-AOL' has also claimed that if Dobbs is fired, he will be unable to find employment anywhere, because 'Ax-AOL' will simply change their name (such as 'Ax-FOX'). More likely, his firing will only increase his value at other news-stations, particularly one without an "achilles heel" such as AOL. Being so popular would likely force various news companies to bid-up his value.

    I plan write CNN on behalf of Dobbs, and I suggest that any readers who are concerned about freedom of press and balance of news-reporting do the same.

    9 Comments:

    Anonymous Matt S said...

    Hey there GC, good stuff. I see more and more of these sort of hit-groups these days. There is another one called DearAOL.com, but that one is organized around a particular tech issue.

    The Ax folks sound small and thuggish and unfamiliar with free speech. However, I am not really one to defend Dobbs' point of view. Unfortunately, while his approach to the border may have some merit, he is also a protectionist -- railing against outsourcing and such. I find that particularly hard to square with the fact that he is a business reporter.

    So, fight the thugs. Careful with listening to Dobbs too much, though. :)

    12:08 AM  
    Blogger The Gentle Cricket said...

    The protectionist issue is what I tend to disagree with Dobbs about. I recall John Stossel interviewing him a year or two ago regarding the dangers of outsourcing. Dobbs really couldn't defend his position, while Stossel laid out facts, logic, and examples in support of outsourcing.

    But, despite disagreeing with him on a few issues, he doesn't deserve to be fired.

    7:22 AM  
    Blogger prying1 said...

    Hey GC - You have an address to point emails to concerning this???

    9:25 PM  
    Blogger The Gentle Cricket said...

    No, paul...but you can use this link to send them.

    10:03 PM  
    Blogger prying1 said...

    That will do it! Thanks -

    5:58 PM  
    Blogger Travis said...

    I would like to respectively point out that I thikn Lou Dobbs is a waste of gas who seldom uses hardened facts for what is clearly his opinion.

    HOWEVER, it is nice to have someone who is talking about this issue in such a way that it is getting others involved in the discussion in a genuine way that may actually result in real, fair, reform.

    8:51 AM  
    Blogger T.L. Stanley said...

    Even though Lou Dobbs may be somewhat off-target on immigration and outsourcing, I find those that oppose Lou Dobbs and want him fired to have equally flawed arguments.

    I like Low Dobbs. He is honest about outsourcing American jobs to foreign countries for the purpose of increasing corporate profit. And, his stance on immigration is based on his view that immigration policy and laws should be enforced.

    Most of his vocal critics support outsourcing all American jobs to low wage countries. And, his critics on immigration favor an immigration policy based on No Borders.

    Furthermore, immigration reform, outsourcing, and globalism are linked. In fact, immigration reform is going to be a hot topic in the next few years. This issue may decide the fate of the next president. And, the impact on America will be tremendous. Right or wrong, America will look a lot like Latin America in 20 years. Since the quality of life in most Latin American countries is lacking, this will not be progress for the American people.

    The elites in Washington, D.C., New York City and the United Nations seem to have plotted a journey to lead America into the New World Order where a cosmopolitan global citizen is no more connected to his country than a sociopath to his fellow man.

    President Bush continues to push his immigration plan. Unfortunately, I don't think he is not being honest with the American people. Global forces are at work. Immigration and globalism are tied together just like oil companies. One may think that these are separate, but in reality, immigration and the globalism have a common goal. Namely, eliminating borders and gaining control of natural and human resources is the long-term goal. In the end, wages and living standards will be depressed.

    Lou Dobbs is addressing this issue in a round-about way. He may not survive his critics, because the global elites will not allow anyone, even Lou Dobbs, to criticize their agenda for very long.

    Good post take care.

    4:27 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Mexican's are coo' leave 'em ALONE!!!!!!!!!!

    7:39 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    you guys really need a life........ha ha ha ha

    7:42 PM  

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