CNN’s Lou Dobbs has never exactly been the friend of liberal activists.
First there was his campaign to strengthen immigration enforcement, and more recently the on-air time he has devoted to so-called “birthers” who insist President Obama wasn’t really born in Hawaii — even as Dobbs says they are wrong.
Now, though, his comments on his nationally syndicated radio show about former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean — "[H]e’s a bloodsucking leftist … I mean, you gotta put a stake through his heart to stop this guy" — are prompting activists to seek Dobbs’ firing both from that radio show and from his TV gig.
“Lou Dobbs is dangerous. It’s time for CNN and the United Stations Radio Network to take him off the air,” says an email sent out Tuesday by Democracy of America to its members.
The organization’s chair, it should be noted, is Jim Dean, the former governor’s brother.
“With violence from right-wing extremist groups on the rise and Republican backed mobs hanging cardboard versions of members of congress in effigy, Lou Dobbs’ statement is un-American, irresponsible and dangerous. It’s time for Lou Dobbs to be pulled off the air.”
The email suggests “enough is enough”:
““His relentless promotion of debunked, racially charged conspiracy theories about President Obama’s birth certificate have already seriously damaged CNN’s credibility. Yet, Lou Dobbs remains on the air. Now, he’s gone too far. He’s not just making CNN look bad, he’s inciting violence to stop Governor Dean from fighting for President Obama’s health insurance option. That’s not just un-American, it’s irresponsible and dangerous.”
CNN refused to comment; United Stations Radio has not responded to a request for comment.