Dobb’s Out at CNN

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Remember in 2007-08 when Lou Dobbs on CNN was nightly viscerating President Bush for his imigration policies. Apparently there was no criticism from the brass at CNN as this Bush bombardment went on for months.
Fast forward to a new President and Dobbs continues his same criticism of the same issue. All of a sudden it is suggested that Dobbs tone it down, which he refuses to do, and Dobbs is out at CNN. A nice buy out, by the way, of $8 million. Sure, other issues are at play here, but this is the biggie.
CNN says they want to become less opinioned and do more straight news. Interesting how they didn’t decide to do this while Dobbs was attacking President Bush but came to this conclusion once Preident Obama was in office and espousing policies similiar to those of Bush.
I would suggest the move is more about Dobb’s leaning right and the fact that CNN’s ratings are in the tank–recently they have been 4th in the cable news race.

Comments

  1. “I would suggest the move is more about Dobb’s leaning right and the fact that CNN’s ratings are in the tank–recently they have been 4th in the cable news race.”

    But wouldn’t this move run contrary to improving CNN’s ratings considering a Pro-Republican cable news station is on top?

    My take is that the CNN people probably felt that Dobbs’ constant hammering of minorities was doing damage to their image. Most likely they figured he’d be more comfortable in a forum where that sort of thing is better tolerated.

  2. Randy in Richmond says:

    Strupp
    The answer to your question is no. The bigwigs at CNN, just as at NBC, must feel that moving more to the left will eventually pay off in the ratings. And I find Fox to be more pro-conservative then pro-Republican. The 23rd District in NY is an example of this.
    Apparently you choose to label illegal immigrants or non-citizens as a minority. Numerically you are correct but they do not have this standing legally.

  3. He was “skewing old.”

  4. Come to think of it, his makeup was looking a lot more obvious the last couple of years. Too bad “old” doesn’t get you anywhere anymore.

  5. Randy in Richmond says:

    OLD ?
    Lou Dobbs Sept. 1945
    Bill O’ Reilly Sept. 1949

    O’Reilly has more viewers each night on Fox than MSNBC, CNN, and CNN Headline combined. He’s 60 years old.

    Now Larry King–he’s old………Nov. 1933

  6. Bill doesn’t cover it up like Lou did, though.