News Clips Oct. 19, 2009

Ted Turner Would Fire Lou Dobbs

For OpEdNews: Linda Milazzo – Writer
Ted Turner would fire Lou Dobbs. How do I know? Because Ted Turner said so:
Turner’s April 1, 2008 interview on PBS, in which the visionary founder of CNN tells Charlie Rose he would fire Lou Dobbs, bears repeating:

Rose: Lou Dobbs used to be a friend of yours.
Turner: He’s still a friend of mine.
Rose: Yeah.
Turner: But I think he’s kinda flipped out. I wouldn’t… Tom Johnson and I wouldn’t let him do this when he was working at CNN. He just had to do the financial news straight, you know, and not fill it up with his opinions about who he hates and doesn’t like the Mexicans and immigration.

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Ted-Turner-Would-Fire-Lou-by-Linda-Milazzo-091019-61.html


CNN’s ramping it’s ‘Latino in America,’ but it’s getting ruined by Lou Dobbs

In a few days CNN will launch its ambitious “Latino in America” series. Hosted by the popular Soledad O’Brien, the heavily promoted four-hour program will air on Oct. 21 and 22.

“Witness the evolution of a country as Latinos change America, and in return, America changes Latinos,” is how CNN entices potential viewers on its Web site. The series is a serious effort to capture a larger share of the Hispanic market – and according to some who have seen it, a worthy one.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2009/10/18/2009-10-18_lou_dobbs_ruins_cnns_latino_program_aim.html#ixzz0UNrne9N7


CNN Rejects Anti-Dobbs Ad, Group Says

Groups affiliated with a campaign to persuade CNN to drop commentator Lou Dobbs because of his anti-illegal-immigrant stance say the network is refusing to air its spot encouraging the network to drop the personality.
“CNN is willing to stand behind Dobbs, but it hides from legitimate criticism,” said Eric Burns, president of Media Matters for America, one of the sponsors of the commercial. “The most trusted name in news isn’t willing to critically examine one of its preeminent hosts. Dobbs’ record speaks for itself. He isn’t worthy of the platform CNN gives him.”

http://blogs.laweekly.com/ladaily/general/cnn-rejects-anti-dobbs-ad-grou-1/


Immigrants Not Amused by ”Illegal Alien” Halloween Costume

Anyone who’s walked down Santa Monica Boulevard on Halloween night is well aware there are plenty of tasteless costumes out there.
From over-sexed nuns to … well, we can stop our list of examples at over-sexed nuns. That pretty much sums up tasteless costumes.
Well, this year, you may notice a new tasteless costume in Los Angeles: The “Illegal Alien.”

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/around-town/shopping/Illegal-Alien-Halloween-Costume-64648452.html


Immigrant activists call out ‘Illegal Alien’ costumes

NEW YORK (CNN) — Immigrant rights activists are calling on U.S. retailers to stop selling two controversial “Illegal Alien” costumes that have surfaced for Halloween, saying the outfits are a broadside attack on illegal immigrants.

The “Illegal Alien Adult Costume,” manufactured by Forum novelties, includes an orange jumpsuit, similar to prison garb, with “Illegal Alien” stamped in black across the chest; a space alien mask; and a fake Green Card. The “Illegal Alien Mask with Hat” also includes a space alien mask, this time with a dark handlebar mustache and a baseball cap.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/10/17/illegal.immigrant.costume/


Disappointment in 287(g)

The new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) contract with local authorities to detain undocumented immigrants is a major disappointment. At first glance, implementation of the 287(g) program, which lent itself to numerous abuses against immigrants and Latinos in particular, will continue without major changes.

http://www.impre.com/laopinion/opinion/editorial/2009/10/19/disappointment-in–287g-154855-1.html

Arizona sheriff conducts migrant sweeps despite curb

PHOENIX (Reuters) – An Arizona sheriff known for cracking down on undocumented migrants is conducting an immigration and crime sweep around Phoenix, less than a day after federal authorities curbed his powers to make immigration arrests.

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE59G1M120091017

Clergy’s role grows in migrant discussion

WASHINGTON – As more than 2,500 immigrants rallied at the Capitol in support of comprehensive immigration reform
, Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño of Arizona told the crowd it could count on her and other religious leaders for support.

“We truly are with you,” she said last week as she introduced about a half-dozen Catholic and Protestant clergy members. “And we believe that God is on your side too.”

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2009/10/19/20091019immig-religion1017.html

Health care reform bill delay is likely

All signs suggest a health care overhaul bill will not be reaching the floor of the U.S. Senate until next week — at the earliest.

Even then, whatever gets out of the chamber won’t be the last word on reform.

The House of Representatives still hasn’t moved its health care reform legislation. When it does, the House and the Senate will have to pass each bill back and forth, with a conference committee between the two most likely drafting the final product to be voted on in both chambers.

What did House Speaker Nancy Pelosi say this week about timing? “We are right on track, and I am hopeful that we will have a bill by Thanksgiving. Others say Christmas. Certainly this year.”

http://www.freep.com/article/20091019/NEWS15/910190318/1001/NEWS/Health-care-reform-bill-delay-is-likely

Adviser: Obama waits on finished health care bill

By STEVEN R. HURST (AP) – 4 hours ago

WASHINGTON — The White House is waiting for Congress to settle on a final health care bill, even though President Barack Obama has a clear preference in favor of at least one specific — the much-debated public option, advisers said.

Obama, however, will not demand that legislation include a government-run insurance plan intended to drive down costs through competition with private insurers, they said.

Instead, the White House will let Congress work out the details required to get something passed.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jlMpJGn28kqCcgU-aGcYE_ZHW-ywD9BE23VO0

Health legislation tests congressional leaders’ skills

The New York Times, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON – As she pulls together a health care bill, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been exceedingly direct, lawmakers say, asking them explicitly what it will take to win their vote.

Across the Rotunda, Sen. Harry Reid, the majority leader, is trying a different tack, acting like what one participant in closed-door sessions described as a coach, urging key chairmen not to get bogged down in pride of authorship and to keep their eyes on the legislative ball.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/nation/stories/DN-healthcare_19nat.ART.State.Edition1.3dec242.html

Health Care Poses Stiff Tests for Top Democrats

WASHINGTON — As she pulls together a health care bill, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been exceedingly direct, lawmakers say, asking them explicitly what it will take to win their vote.

Across the Rotunda, Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, is trying a different tack, acting like what one participant in closed-door sessions described as a coach, urging key chairmen not to get bogged down in pride of authorship and to keep their eyes on the legislative ball.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/19/health/policy/19leaders.html

Soledad O’Brien, ‘Latino in America’ – Winning ticket

Here’s an an interview/preview I did for the Sunday “Sun” with CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien on her documentary “Latino in America” that airs Wdnesday and Thursday:

One of the great joys of TV journalism is seeing first-rate correspondents matched up with subject matter that they are passionate about. Think of the late Ed Bradley sitting down to interview a pop culture pioneer whom he admired like Lena Horne, or NBC’s Richard Engel in the line of fire covering a war.

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/zontv/2009/10/soledad_obrien_talks_about_lat.html

Lawmakers Battle on Census Question

WASHINGTON — A measure gaining traction in Congress would require the 2010 Census to include a question about citizenship, a change that would cost millions of dollars and possibly derail a full count.

Two Republican senators, David Vitter of Louisiana and Bob Bennett of Utah, have offered an amendment to a spending bill that funds the Department of Commerce, which oversees the Census Bureau. The amendment would bar any funds from being used for the Census if it doesn’t ask about a person’s citizenship status. A similar measure has been introduced in the House.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125590984570593243.html

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