By Ben Cohen
Amy Goodman, the host of ‘Democracy Now!’ is an excellent journalist. CNN’s anti immigrant fear mongerer Lou Dobbs, is not. What’s the difference? Goodman uses facts to make her argument, while Dobbs uses argument to create facts.
Dobbs is not entirely without merit, and has some interesting things to say about the state of the U.S economy. Dobbs is extremely critical of corporate America, and correctly states that the difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is negligible (something most main stream critics will not admit).
However, Dobbs completely falls apart on the issue of immigration. The relentless focus on this topic betrays the strange belief that whites are not immigrants to the U.S, and have some inherent right to determine who comes in and out of the country. Dobbs views on the issue border the racist, and he has consistently fudged facts to strengthen his argument.
Here is Amy Goodman dissecting Dobbs, and taking him to task for his appalling distortion of the truth:
By Amy Goodman
matters. History and context count. “You’re entitled to your own
opinions. You’re not entitled to your own facts,” the late Sen. Daniel
Patrick Moynihan famously observed. CNN’s Lou Dobbs has migrated to a
pre-eminent position in the debate on immigration in the U.S. Since he
identifies himself as a journalist, he has a special responsibility to
rely on facts and to correct misstatements of fact. CNN, which purports
to be a news organization, touting itself as the “Most Trusted Name in
News,” has an equally strong obligation to its audience to tell the
Dobbs was best known for anchoring CNN’s “Moneyline,” an early and
influential program that helped create the televised financial-news
genre. On “Moneyline,” Dobbs featured corporate CEOs and generally
lauded them. About five years ago, Dobbs began changing his line,
invoking populist rhetoric and championing the cause of the middle
class. He thematically titled his coverage “War on the Middle Class”
and “Broken Borders.” Dobbs’ signature issue of undocumented
immigrants, or, as he calls them, illegal aliens, has tremendous
influence on the debate nationally. So it matters if he is wrong.
On March 28, 2006, Dobbs said on his show, “And it’s costing us, no
one knows precisely how much, to incarcerate what is about a third of
our prison population who are illegal aliens.” As it turns out, the
number of noncitizens incarcerated in the U.S. federal and state
prisons is closer to 6 percent, not 33 percent. Note that the 6 percent
includes legal immigrants as well.
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Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.