SPLC urging CNN to fire Lou Dobbs over Obama Birth Certificate issue

To readers arriving here and wondering where the refugee posts are, I promise I will shortly post some refugee stories from my ever-growing queue.  It’s just that there are so many intriguing other things going on, I can’t resist mentioning them.   And, since we have mentioned the Southern Poverty Law Center (here and here) before and we have mentioned the Obama birth certificate issue here, I figured this story was not too far off topic, especially since it demonstrates Alinsky’s rule # 13* as well (Please read the Rule 13 post before proceeding!).

Screaming racism (ho hum!), the radical Leftwing SPLC has mounted a campaign to urge CNN to fire Dobbs (outspoken critic of illegal immigration) who apparently has reported on the Obama Birth Certificate controversy—you know the one that appears to be growing the longer Obama refuses to release his real original birth certificate supposedly under lock and key in Hawaii. Check out what this Delaware Congressman heard at a townhall meeting recently.

Here is what Richard Cohen, President of the SPLC is asking his followers:

July 24, 2009

Dear Friend,

Lou Dobbs is at it again.

We’ve told you about how the CNN host has used his platform to spread hateful propaganda that demonizes Latinos.

Now, Dobbs is supporting the bizarre claims of so-called “birthers” who insist that President Obama isn’t really a citizen of the United States and that his presidency, therefore, is not legitimate.

The truth about Obama’s birth in Hawaii is not in dispute. It has been verified by many reputable journalists, including CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, who called the claims “a joke,” and even a reporter on Dobbs’ own show. Yet Dobbs continues to fan the flames.

It’s important to note that this conspiracy theory was concocted by an anti-Semite and circulated by racist extremists who cannot accept the fact that a black man has been elected president. Among those who helped disseminate the lie was the neo-Nazi who killed a security guard at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in June.

Respectable news organizations should not be peddling propaganda that supports the agenda of radical extremists who are only interested in stirring up hate and fomenting violence. But Dobbs continues to do just that. And it’s irresponsible for CNN to let him continue trading in falsehoods.

Enough is enough. Today, I’ve written to the president of CNN urging that Dobbs be removed from the air.

I encourage you to contact CNN yourself. If enough of us speak up, the network will listen.

Thank you for standing strong against hate.


J. Richard Cohen
President, Southern Poverty Law Center

*All of our research on Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” is posted in our ‘Community destabilization’ category.   Note that in both my links to the SPLC, it was rule #13 that SPLC is using to isolate individuals who oppose them.   And, in Dobbs case, although I never saw any of his news on the birth certificate issue they are simply seeking to silence any media commentators they don’t like.

P.S. You might want to follow Mr. Cohen’s lead (link above) and write to the president of CNN yourself, or use the other link Cohen has supplied, or do both!

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