Thursday, November 12, 2009
Lou Dobbs Would Rather Switch Than Fight
From yesterday's NY Times.com,
"Months ago the president of CNN/U.S., Jonathan Klein, offered a choice to Lou Dobbs, the channel’s most outspoken anchor. Mr.Dobbs could vent his opinions on radio and anchor an objective newscast on television, or he could leave CNN.
For a time, Mr. Dobbs did tone down his TV rhetoric, but on Wednesday he made a more drastic decision: He chose opinion.
Mr. Dobbs told viewers that he was resigning from his CNN job immediately. Sitting before an image of an American flag on his studio set, he said “some leaders in media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond the role here at CNN and to engage in constructive problem solving as well as to contribute positively to the great understanding of the issues of our day.”
He remained vague about how he would contribute 'to the national conversation,' saying that he was considering “a number of options and directions...
Well known for his opposition to illegal immigration, Mr. Dobbs was an outlier at CNN, which has sought to be seen as the neutral turf of cable news.
'If CNN wants to be seen as the thoughtful, unbiased, middle of the road alternative to Fox News on the right and MSNBC on the left, this decision goes along with that,' said Geneva Overholser, the director of the School of Journalism at the University of Southern California.
She said the anchor’s decision also makes sense 'if he really wants to be Lou Dobbs, man of opinion.'
Mr. Dobbs’s show drew an average of 631,000 viewers in October, putting him in third place behind Fox News and MSNBC. Like those for other CNN programs, his ratings have declined in recent months."
Big Whoop. Gee, I wonder where he's going? Could it be to ...hmmm...SATAN? I mean, Fox News???