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TIME MAGAZINE'S JOE KLEIN CALLS OUT DOBBS FOR DEMAGOGUERY

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And this is from the star columnist at the news magazine owned by CNN's parent company, Time Warner. Here's the post:

Given the amount of serious journalism going on at CNN--the
reporters risking their lives on battlefields all over the world, fine
journalists like John King and Candy Crowley working to report the
presidential campaign accurately, the excellent fact-checking that Wolf
Blitzer did earlier this year on the Obama Madrasa smear--given all
that and a nearly thirty year history of really trying to present the
facts straight...I've got to wonder why the network allows Lou Dobbs to
continue spewing false, inflammatory nonsense under the guise of
objective journalism.



Here is his latest confrontation
with Paul Waldman of Media Matters about the fictional NAFTA
superhighway. Indeed, the Washington Post's Fact Checker gave the NAFTA
Superhighway myth four Pinocchios.



Now, I know that Dobbs brings in some serious ratings. And he is
certainly entitled to his own opinion. But he is not entitled to his
own facts--especially not on a network that makes a real effort to
separate truth from falsehood and represent all sides of the political
debate. Shouldn't someone be editing this swill? Doesn't CNN have a
responsibility to tell its viewers that, in this case, one of their
presenters is engaged in flat-out anti-immigrant fearmongering? Perhaps
the network could employ a simple superimposed title--THIS IS NOT
TRUE...or LOU HAS JUMPED THE SHARK ON THIS ONE--whenever Dobbs pretends
that there is such a thing as the NAFTA Superhighway. This sort of
thing diminishes the credibility and hard work of the other journalists
on the network. (And no, I do not count the execrable Glenn Beck as a
journalist.)





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  1. A Nony Mouse's Avatar
    At this point I think we can safely put Lou Dobbs on par with Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie in "The Simple Life" - namely, that it should come with a disclaimer that some events have been staged for the purposes of entertainment.

    (If only that were the case...)
  2. Jack's Avatar
    "I tend to be an extremist on this issue. I am wildly in favor of immigration, legal and illegal." -- Joe Klein

    http://time-blog.com/swampland/2007/10/the_gop_in_2008_1.html


    Media Matters and others shouldn't dismiss all NAU issues in light of Vicente Fox's book in which he admits proposing to Bush and Chretien a continental union modeled on Europe.

  3. kthiru's Avatar
    Nice one from Joe Klein

  4. USC's Avatar
    Here's the context you left out:

    "But as a New Yorker, I'm deeply grateful to the immigrants, many of them illegal, who saved the city by bringing commerce (and sales tax revenues) to some of the toughest neighborhoods in the 1970s and 1980s."

    I am a New Yorker as well. I am active as an investor in commercial real estate. Many neighborhoods in NYC (Jackson Heights, Corona, Flushing, Richmond Hill, most of the Bronx, Harlem and Brooklyn. On Manhattan's now trendy Columbus Avenue you couldn't give away real estate) were drug and crime invested. These new immigrants turned these neighborhoods around. I have named the neighborhoods so that you can do your own research.

    Our population needs to approach that of China & India in order for us to retain our place in the global economy. The only way we get to that point is by actively recruiting more people to immigrate to the US.
  5. Jack's Avatar
    'Our population needs to approach that of China & India in order for us to retain our place in the global economy. The only way we get to that point is by actively recruiting more people to immigrate to the US.'

    I am not of that view but I appreciate when people who favor higher immigration (and higher U.S. population) give a number. Too often when immigration is debated, the most fundamental issue of all (how a policy will affect the population over time) fails to come up.
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