It’s time to drop Lou Dobbs: A call to action
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Author:  Catherine [ Tue Sep 15, 2009 10:12 pm ]
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It’s time to drop Lou Dobbs: A call to action

For years, Lou Dobbs has been one of the most dangerous hosts on cable news. He benefits enormously from the legitimacy of the CNN brand, which provides him with an unparalleled platform from which to mainstream the hate speech and racially charged conspiracy theories normally relegated to Fox News and other conservative news outlets. Dobbs calls himself an "advocacy journalist," but he doesn't even live up to that ambiguous standard. Good journalism enhances the discussion of serious topics, but Dobbs helps to undermine and debase that discussion, routinely infusing it with misinformation and fear. And when it comes to issues like immigration, he has more in common with birther Orly Taitz than with Anderson Cooper.

If CNN won't drop Dobbs, it's time that his advertisers did. It's time to do more than simply highlight the damage Dobbs does and the threat he poses. We must demand accountability from the advertisers who, by their purchase of airtime on his shows, actively support his hate speech.

Today, 11 organizations, including America's Voice, National Council of La Raza, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and many others, joined together to launch the Drop Dobbs campaign and The effort aims to let companies know that their continued financial support of CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight makes them complicit in the hate speech and wild conspiracy theories that he promotes.

The hugely successful Glenn Beck advertiser boycott currently under way shows how effective this kind of coordinated pressure can be. In just a matter of weeks, 62 companies have dropped Beck, costing the program 50 percent of its ad dollars. Companies simply don't want to be associated with Beck's on-air hate speech. They should feel the same way about Dobbs.

Watch the video and join the effort:

Author:  Purple Tang [ Thu Sep 17, 2009 7:15 pm ]
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I tried to return your PM. Three times. They all sit in my Outbox and are not being sent for some reason. Suggestions?

Author:  Catherine [ Thu Sep 17, 2009 11:54 pm ]
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Thanks for the messages, PT...I got all three of them. I replied to the last one that came into my box. :D

In the future when you're sending a private message, don't worry about the message seeming to just sit in your Outbox. It will be there until the person to whom you sent the message opens the message in his or her Inbox. That is one way to tell if the person has read the message or not. As long as it is in your Outbox, the message has not been read, but it has indeed been sent.

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