The Movement to Drop Dobbs

September 15th, 2009 · 9 Comments

Back in the end of July, I had a blog post about CNN, Lou Dobbs and the Latino in America series to be featured on that network. I thought that it was ironic for CNN to be pushing a series about Latinos, while continuing to give Lou Dobbs airtime. Lou Dobbs has crossed the line many times between reporting and the spreading of racially charged rhetoric without giving any disclaimers to his sources, some of which have been categorized as hate groups.

Well, now there is a campaign to send a message to the advertisers on Dobbs’ show to stop their sponsorship. CNN and the sponsors of the Lou Dobbs show are tacitly approving messages of hate by continuing to allow his fear mongering tirades to air. The buying power of the Hispanic market is nearly $1 trillion, and our community is becoming more aware of the voting power it has at the cash register. We are in a position to tell CNN to drop Dobbs. The first step in doing that is signing this petition.

If you are unsure that Dobbs’ language is dangerous, watch this clip. And then think about the millions of people who watch CNN without actually engaging in immigrant issues beyond his show.

Tags: community organizing and activism · Immigration · Media · racism

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sasha Costanza-Chock // Sep 17, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Hey there, this is Sasha Costanza-Chock, I’m a media activist and researcher based at the Institute for Multimedia Literacy in Los Angeles.

    A couple quick observations on the bastadobbs campaign. The campaign is great and important and I’m glad it exists but these are some suggestions to make it more effective:

    1. The action

    Currently the action you’re asking the user to take is to send a form email, with an optional personal comment, to CNN president Jon Klein. But:

    * emails to CNN president don’t generate pressure on the network. A lot of research shows that the only effective way to pressure the network is through advertisers.

    * The action here should be to select some key companies that advertise on CNN and may be sympathetic, then have the user pledge to boycott and/or contact those companies asking them to pull ads from lou dobbs’ show.

    * For example see

    * No matter what the target, form emails are the least effective. They’ll get caught in an email filter on the other end. Instead of allowing the user to add an additional comment, autofill the form with your prewritten comment and ask the user to edit / change it to be their own.

    2. The mobile interface

    Kudos for setting up a shortcode and allowing people to connect that way. But a couple things:

    * People who text in don’t get any action item! You just ask for their email and zip code. This is a big missed opportunity. If I text in it’s because I’m ready to do an action that moment. Ask them to DO something, for example: send them the number of a targeted company to call and ask to pull advertising from Dobbs. Ask them to text or email (from their phone) to a target.

    * Send them a message that is DESIGNED for them to forward to their contacts, with the key info points about the campaign!

    OK, gotta run. Keep up the good work.


  • 2 WhatThe.. // Sep 18, 2009 at 11:10 am

    You guys are funny. Embrace the freedom of speech. An agenda to stop the freedom of speech is undemocratic in a free society.. People who try to control speech and live in fear of others who speak freely will succumb to a more stringent form of government. Best part of the freedom of speech is that people like Dobbs will eventually falter at some point in time due to their inconsistencies. Even Geraldo Rivera, releasing an unsubstantiated new story regarding the survival of miners, which was found to be untrue. Even the Lou Dobbs video is quite weak and simple unbelievable. Its fractured integration of nipets of the words hate and race associated with Lou Dobbs, but really says nothing that he is what you say he is. Find the racist remarks that Lou Dobbs made as well as the hate against hispanics, this will give some integrity to the video. It otherwise doesn’t give a bit of validity or integrity to your campaign.

  • 3 Wendy Carrillo // Sep 20, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    i think its really sad that as a country we are SO BEHIND in thinking. Come on, birthers? illegal aliens? fear mongering? I’m all about free speech, but when do we draw the line on free speech and hate speech? maybe the video could do a better job in addressing the context, but a poor video doenst omit the obvious issue.

  • 4 webmaster // Sep 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm


    Thank you for the comments. I have forwarded them to someone who is working on this campaign.


    Tell me…what kind of video would you have produced? I’m curious as to how you would have improved this message.

  • 5 Houseonahillorg // Sep 21, 2009 at 8:09 am

    I personally think the movement is silly. Maybe they did not see this:

    If they want to help their cause, they need to change the laws. Free speech and immigration are already on the books.

    I personally am offended that no one was this passionate about those who did not migrate here (Black Americans & Natives) and those who followed the law but are struggling with equal rights and are in need of assistance…that is the real shame.

  • 6 theKaiser // Sep 24, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    That whole sub-culture of Jesus people just can’t stand to see people of color running things in DC. If Jesus was around today, he certainly wouldn’t claim them as his own people. He’d have some four letter words to describe Glenn Beck, Lou Dobbs, Rush Limbaugh, and Sarah Palin.

  • 7 DoctorH // Sep 25, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    I wonder what Lou Dobb’s Mexican-American wife and her Mexican parents think about all this race baiting? Or are they now Spaniards?

  • 8 El Cholo // Sep 25, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    The things people will do for money, or fame, or whatever it is. If his wife and children had any self respect they’d separate themselves from this cracker. But I guess they don’t.

  • 9 Miss Karma // Sep 27, 2009 at 11:10 am

    While I am a defender of free speech, there is a case that many of the Dittoheads, Sons of a Beck, and Lou Dobbs himself obviously forgot about the opinion of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in Schenk vs. United States 1919. Since these fearmongers believe that they are at war, their speech does represent a clear and present danger.

    If Dobbs would condemn the murders of Luis Ramirez and Marcelo Lucero and the assault on Jordan Gruver while getting his point across, then I would say he is protected by the first amendment, but since he hasn’t and is more than likely a catalyst for such incidents, then he needs eat what he dishes out to others.

    If people can mouth off about how some rap artists and their lyrics affect those who watch listen and parrot them, then people can certainly mouth off about how Dobbs, Dumbaugh, and Beck(erhead) are affecting the minds of those who are watching, listening and parroting them too.

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