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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Born again populist Lou Dobbs driven out of CNN for politically incorrect views?

NEW YORK (AP) — Lou Dobbs may have left his anchor chair, but he says he'll keep talking. The last of the original CNN hosts, Dobbs told viewers on Wednesday that he was quitting his nightly show — effective at the end of the hour — to pursue new opportunities...

Dobbs became a a lightning rod for criticism following his transition from a business journalist to an opinionated anchor on such issues as illegal immigration. He was a CNN original, signing on when the cable network started in 1980. For much of that time, he hosted a nightly business broadcast that became one of the most influential shows in the corporate world, and CNN's most profitable show for advertising revenue. But Dobbs said his world view changed after the 2001 terrorist attacks and corporate corruption scandals, and he began to more freely express his opinions. He was particularly persistent in bringing the immigration issue to the fore, winning him both higher ratings and enemies. Latino groups had an active petition drive seeking his removal. His presence became awkward for CNN, particularly as it began emphasizing reporting and non-opinion shows. He angered management this summer by pressing questions about President Barack Obama's birth site after CNN reporters determined there was no issue...

Dobbs said the decision came after months of discussion with CNN U.S. President Jon Klein. Dobbs mentioned his interest in issues such as health care, jobs, immigration, climate change and the wars...Cont'd...LINK

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