As much as I want to agree with this letter from Southern Poverty Law Center, I keep remembering that freedom of speech is too precious a freedom to set aside because a bigot is using it for his own despicable agenda.
Nevertheless, we cannot allow Mr. Dobbs’ mudslinging to go unchallenged. We can use our right of freedom of speech, too, to let everyone know we will not be fooled by the weavers of falsehoods and the peddlers of hate.
July 24, 2009
Lou Dobbs is at it again.
We’ve told you about how the CNN host has used
his platform to spread hateful propaganda that
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