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CNN refuses to air “Drop Dobbs” Ad

October 16th, 2009 · 10 Comments

VivirLatino has a pretty good post up summing up how I feel about the whole CNN Latino in America series and Lou Dobbs hypocrisy.

America’s Voice, a more reasonable immigration reform group (or to borrow the words of Jack Turner from Jack & Jill Politics, “pro-sanity-in-immigration-reform group”), has raised enough money to air this ad on CNN during the Latino in America series next week. Well, CNN decided not to air the ad, turning down the $16,000 it costs to run it.

I’m more than happy to show you what CNN doesn’t want its Latino in America viewers to see.

The part of Maegan’s blog post that I could have just as well written myself (meaning that I agree 100% with her) is this:

“The plan was to pay the $16,000 it cost to place the ad during CNN’s Latino in America Series next week. Claro the show will be surrounded by Spanglish ads urging you to buy from Walmart with it’s horrible treatment of workers and eat McDonald’s with it’s horrible treatment of animals and your body. But air an ad that has something to say and is trying to sell a message of truth? Not CNN. They rejected America’s Voice money and ad.

I don’t have cable so I don’t watch CNN and I had no intention of watching the series, Latino in America.”

To expound upon that point further, I think that Latinos should reconsider the role of television in their lives. Imagine what could be accomplished if we tuned out this noisy, unrepresentative medium altogether and instead focused on reading to our children, watching film, and becoming more physically active.

I often read about educational attainment and cognitive development, and one common theme in lower income households is the ever-present television. The tube has become a pacifier for moody children, a babysitter for busy parents trying to take care of household chores, and is a poor source of information in general. And Spanish language television isn’t doing us any favors either with its gender-degrading, Euro-centric themes. I mean, how many booty shaking women does it take to sell a car? Even Guanabee, a snarky Latino pop culture blog, admits that Univision is “Home Of News Anchors In Bustiers.”

The people at Screen Time Awareness have a pretty good fact sheet up about how much television Americans are watching. This fact is pretty appalling: “The average American watches 4 hours and 35 minutes of television each day.”

My hope is that with enough Latino bloggers pointing out the blatant hypocrisy of CNN and some of these other networks’ terrible programming, we can have a debate about the role of television in our lives in general.

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anna // Oct 16, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    It’s not surprising that CNN refused to run the ad. That shouldn’t shock anybody. But I wonder if any of CNN”s rivals would run it.

    I agree with the poster who said that it’s to drop CNN altogether.

  • 2 joe // Oct 17, 2009 at 3:50 am

    megan what rock did you crawl out from under to determine that “Walmart”is horrible to its employees and Macdonalds mistreats animals” You sound like Algore and his “well establish fact” of global warming being caused by human behavior. Go get a life.

  • 3 Tomas // Oct 17, 2009 at 9:19 am

    love this: “Latinos should reconsider the role of television in their lives. Imagine what could be accomplished if we tuned out this noisy, unrepresentative medium altogether and instead focused on reading to our children, watching film, and becoming more physically active.”

  • 4 Reyfeo // Oct 17, 2009 at 9:39 am

    This is stupid…focus on real issues…we have better things to do then get after Lou Dobbs…if you hate him that much, stop watching CNN, PERIOD!

    No wonder the Latino isn’t taken seriuosly!LOL!

  • 5 Anna // Oct 17, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Actually people are taken seriously when they speak up and organize. Notice how fast Dobbs backed off of the “birther” movement. Why? Because people organized and threatened to boycott. So far, I have not seen any organized call for an economic boycott of CNN and Lou Dobbs. Until that happens, he will still be on the air.

  • 6 Juan // Oct 17, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    I for one (Latino) don’t care much for Lou Dobbs’ brand of journalism; however I do believe that there are groups out there taking a page from GWB’s book of lies and decit… they want to make Dobbs’ rants about Ilegal inmigration into something that it’s not. it’s not about “Latinos” it’s about “Ilegals” i.e. law breakers. If you don’t like what’s on CNN then watch..oh, IDK telenovelas?

  • 7 DoctorH // Oct 21, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Corporate America is fueling this Latino immigrant drama, using CNN, FOX, Rush Limbaugh, Lou Dobbs, and Glenn Beck as a diversion to cover up the fact that Wall Street and Main Street America have looted 90% of the United States of America population for the eighth time in our nation’s history. This is Michael Milken and the Savings and Loan scandal of 1989 one thousand times over. And the U.S. Taxpayer is still paying off that scandal. This is always a result of deregulation of the markets. Every time Wall Street and Main Street loots its customers, and the economy collapses, they always divert the blame to whatever ethnic group is at the bottom of the social ladder. And Latinos have been at the bottom for over a century.

  • 8 Paulette // Oct 23, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Latinos in America is about as interesting as the Blacks in America series. Do yourselves a favor. Drop cable service and save the money. That is the only message big business understands!

  • 9 Anna // Oct 26, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    You are right!! What if we could get 1 million people to cancel their cable service? That would send a message they could understand!

  • 10 Miguel Angel Castañeda // Oct 29, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Compatriotas: No somos latrinms,so leave LD talk and blame Latins for all THE US problems,Let the ignorant blame someone who do not exist,because we are NABASIN,emigrants and migrants with a missiion,trhat of avoid ing that the Anglo Saxon civilization disappear before fullfilling its mission……….
    Ignaros like LD should not distract our destiny…

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