Dobb and Weave

CNN – “the most trusted name in news” is little more than an advertising slogan designed to garner market share against rival fabricators at Fox, CBS, NBC and ABC, and their respective cable affiliates.It’s not a statement of fact. It’s just a statement. Lou Dobbs is engaged in something wholly different from making mere pronouncements. He is engaged in connecting dots predicated on false information. In a Bushian way, he is making connections with the intent of generating a reaction from a population that is easily duped – the American people.

I know politicians and pundits (even the righter of this New York Times article) often celebrate the intelligence of the American public, but that has to stop. Honestly, enough is enough. Americans have been duped into supporting the majority of the nation’s war which began under false pretenses – and led to support domestic engagements under equally dubious foundations. Perhaps the schools are to blame for this recurring nightmare. Perhaps it’s the media. The New York Daily News has seen fit to put Lindsay Lohan on the FRONT PAGE for two consecutive days.

These are days in which the United States announced a set of weak sanctions of the Sudanese government for committing acts of genocide in Darfur. These are days in which the Iranian government has accused the United States of conducting espionage within its sovereign borders. There is something worth reporting openly and honestly, but the MSM refuses to play that game…and so it is with Lou Dobbs and his leprosy fiasco.

While Mexicans and other foreigners were allegedly losing their skin, Lou was really losing his mind. See below and the link.

clipped from www.nytimes.com
In the report, one of Mr. Dobbs’s correspondents said there had been 7,000 cases of leprosy in this country over the previous three years, far more than in the past.

When Lesley Stahl of “60 Minutes” sat down to interview Mr. Dobbs on camera, she mentioned the report and told him that there didn’t seem to be much evidence for it.

“Well, I can tell you this,” he replied. “If we reported it, it’s a fact.”

Mr. Dobbs argues that the middle class has many enemies: corporate lobbyists, greedy executives, wimpy journalists, corrupt politicians. But none play a bigger role than illegal immigrants. As he sees it, they are stealing our jobs, depressing our wages and even endangering our lives.

That’s where leprosy comes in.

clipped from www.nytimes.com
More to the point, if Mr. Dobbs’s arguments were really so good, don’t you think he would be able to stick to the facts?
And if CNN were serious about being “the most trusted name in news,” as it claims to be, don’t you think it would be big enough to issue an actual correction?

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