Lou Dobbs is a special case
By Edward Schumacher-Matos
A coalition of Hispanic and progressive groups crowed today about the success of their Drop Dobbs campaign against CNN and its advertisers. They deserved to beat their chests. Their latest effort showed that the fragmented Latino movement could find allies and maintain a sustained campaign. Immigrant demonizers have an increasingly formidable opponent.
A Farewell to Lou
Lou Dobbs has left CNN, or maybe the other way around. Whichever it is, an old, odd, infuriating-to-many mismatch of sober network and strident host is over. CNN, for now anyway, changes back to something closer to the nonpartisan, straight-up news network it wants you to think of it as, different from its ideologically branded rivals Fox News and MSNBC. The real question is the effect the change will have on Mr. Dobbs.
Democracia USA President: Lou Dobbs’ resignation is a ‘victory’ for immigrants, Latinos, America
Wednesday, November 11th marked the official end to Lou Dobb’s television show on CNN. Stating that it was time for him to move on to other endeavors, Dobbs told his television audience in a sudden announcement that he would be leaving the network effective immediately.
One of Dobbs’ most vocal critics, Democracia USA, is headquartered here in Miami. On September 22, Miami City Buzz Examiner wrote about how a Miami-based Hispanic group was applying pressure to CNN to silence Lou Dobbs’ and his “anti-immigration politics”. Democracia USA has also made recent headlines by launching a campaign called “Enough is Enough”– a grass-roots movement against Lou Dobbs which included a petition to CNN.
A “Day of Happiness”: Immigration Activists, Hispanic Press Relish Dobbs’ Exit From CNN
Democracia USA, another organization that had joined the campaign against the anchor, said on its blog: “Tonight’s news is a victory for immigrants, for Latinos, and for America. Mr. Dobbs’ announcement should be a wake-up alarm for all those who are infusing America’s much-needed health insurance and immigration reform debates with inflammatory propaganda.”
Census Will Help Show Latinos’ Power
From an economic standpoint, the nation’s 47 million Latinos will look to the 2010 U.S. Census to bring validity to a buying power that stands at $1 trillion annually and growing. Among those born between 1985 and 2004 — Generation Y— are tens of millions of young Latinos who have just begun to approach the years of their highest consumer spending. Census figures project that by 2050, a quarter of the U.S. population will be Hispanic and entering its highest earning levels.