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CNN's Lou Dobbs, a lightning rod for criticism following his transition from a business journalist to an opinionated anchor on such issues as illegal immigration, told viewers on Wednesday that he was quitting his nightly show to pursue new opportunities.

"This will be my last broadcast," Dobbs said after giving the day's headlines. Dobbs, who hosts a daily radio show unrelated to CNN, said the network had allowed him to be released early from his contract.

Dobbs was a CNN original, signing on when the cable network started in 1980. For much of that time, he hosted a nightly business broadcast that became one of the most influential shows in the corporate world, and CNN's most profitable show for advertising revenue.

But Dobbs said his world view changed after the 2001 terrorist attacks and corporate corruption scandals, and he began to more freely express his opinions. He was particularly persistent in bringing the immigration issue to the fore, winning him both higher ratings and enemies. Latino groups had an active petition drive seeking his removal.

His presence became awkward for CNN, particularly as it began emphasizing reporting and non-opinion shows. He angered management this summer by pressing questions about President Barack Obama's birth site after CNN reporters determined there was no issue.

Dobbs said the decision came after many months of discussion with CNN U.S. President Jon Klein. Dobbs said he wanted to concentrate on his role as a commentator and on advocacy journalism.

Klein hailed Dobbs' "appetite for big ideas, the megawatt smile and larger than life presence he brought to our newsroom."

"With characteristic forthrightness, Lou has now decided to carry the banner of advocacy journalism elsewhere," Klein said. "We respect his decision."

Dobbs said he was proud of his role in helping to build the first cable news network. He said some leaders in media, politics and business "have been urging me to go beyond my role here at CNN and to engage in constructive problem-solving."

Seated at an anchor desk in front of a screen with a fluttering American flag, Dobbs mentioned his interest in issues such as health care, jobs, immigration, climate change and the wars.

"Unfortunately, these issues are now defined in the public arena by partisanship and ideology rather than rigorous empirical thought and forthright analysis and discussion," he said. "I will be working diligently to change that as best I can."

His resignation was hailed by activists who were seeking his ouster.

"Our contention all along was that Lou Dobbs who has a long history of spreading lies and conspiracy theories about immigrants and Latinos does not belong on the most trusted name in news," said Roberto Lovato, co-founder of "We are thrilled that Dobbs no longer has the legitimate platform from which to incite fear and hate."

Tom Saenz, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the leading Latino legal organization, said, "I think the Latino community can and should celebrate that Lou Dobbs is no longer on CNN."

Dobbs did not immediately return telephone and e-mail messages to talk about his critics.

Although he joined CNN in 1980, Dobbs left the network for two year in 1999, after angrily complaining on the air about a decision by then-CNN President Rick Kaplan to switch away from his show to a live news event. An Internet venture failed and when Kaplan left CNN, Dobbs returned.

A decision on who will replace Dobbs is expected to be announced on Thursday.

New York Times' Media Decoder blog first reported Dobbs' move.

Times reporter Brian Stelter tweeted on Wednesday evening, "NYT learns that Lou Dobbs' resignation is effective immediately; tonight's program will be his last on CNN." Another message sent shortly after: "A Fox spokesperson tells the NYT, 'We have not had any discussions with Lou Dobbs for Fox News or Fox Business.'"

Within minutes of the news becoming public, a coalition of Latino groups that had been organizing against Dobbs blasted out a victorious press release. Announces Victory: Lou Dobbs to Leave CNN

NEW YORK - Responding to the news Wednesday that Lou Dobbs will leave his post as a longtime anchor on CNN, the leaders of - a national Latino-led coalition that had been advocating for his ouster - released the following statement:

"Our contention all along was that Lou Dobbs - who has a long record of spreading lies and conspiracy theories about immigrants and Latinos - does not belong on the 'Most Trusted Name in News,'" said Roberto Lovato, co-founder of, a national online advocacy organization coordinating the campaign in conjunction with more than 40 local and regional Latino organizations from across the country. "We are thrilled that Dobbs no longer has this legitimate platform from which to incite fear and hate."

The campaign launched in mid-September, and included online petitions, a viral YouTube video, text-message campaign, radio PSAs and a series of events in 18 cities - organized in conjunction with the CNN special Latino in America. The message to CNN was that courting Latino viewers while keeping Dobbs on the network would not with them favor with the fastest-growing demographic in the country. Since then, more than 100,000 people have joined the effort. The events and the campaign garnered significant press coverage in both Spanish-language and mainstream media.

Lovato said the victory marks a key turning point for the Latino community, as it moved from marching in the streets in 2006 to mounting a successful, high-tech campaign against one of the biggest and strongest media voices against common-sense immigration reform.

"The community is newly empowered and energized, and we are ready to fight for a respectful and civil media discourse when it comes to immigration coverage on mainstream news," Lovato said. "This is only the beginning of a much longer-term effort."

Media Matters, one of the coalition members of a separate anti-Dobbs effort called, also released a statement:

Under Pressure, Controversial Host Announces Immediate Departure

Washington, DC - Media Matters for America released the following statement responding to late breaking news that controversial CNN host Lou Dobbs, best known for his relentless anti-immigrant rhetoric, will be leaving his long-time cable news home effective tonight.

"For too long, CNN provided Lou Dobbs with its stamp of approval as he pursued a dangerous, one-sided and all too often false conspiracy tinged crusade against immigrants," said Eric Burns, president of Media Matters. "This is a happy day for all those who care about this nation of immigrants and believe in the power of media to elevate the political discourse."

Open link for Dobb's departing words:
Original Post

BREAKING: U.S. Deports Lou Dobbs

CNN Host Had Been Living Illegally In Country Since 1961

November 11, 2009 | Issue 45•46

Luis Miguel Salvador Aguila Dominguez, alias "Lou Dobbs," is escorted by DHS agents to the airport to be sent back to Mexico.

WANTAGE, NJ—Acting on anonymous tips from within the Hispanic-American community, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials on Wednesday deported Luis Miguel Salvador Aguila Dominguez, who has been living illegally in the United States under the name Lou Dobbs for 48 years.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, federal agents stormed the undocumented immigrant’s home in an evening raid just hours after the 64-year-old newscaster suddenly announced that he was resigning from CNN, and immediately placed him on an Aeromexico flight departing from Newark Liberty Airport.

The Onion will continue to report on this breaking news.
Originally posted by Kevin-1122:
Is it safe to assume this headline about Lou Dobbs being deported is a joke??? I can’t find any credible news sources (CNN, USA today, local news papers, etc) to back up this story. Everybody is talking about him leaving CNN but nobody mentions him being deported


Yeah, it's (probably just one of the immigration groups who were calling for his ouster) making a funny! lol

If you look real good ... you can see where they 'photoshopped' his head onto someone else's body.

I think the story is pretty hysterical, myself!
Originally posted by Kevin-1122:
Is it safe to assume this headline about Lou Dobbs being deported is a joke??? I can’t find any credible news sources (CNN, USA today, local news papers, etc) to back up this story. Everybody is talking about him leaving CNN but nobody mentions him being deported


Come on, Kevin.

If you can't trust the Onion, who can you trust?

This wouldn't be the first time that the Onion scooped the mainstream media by getting the story first.

Here's another example:

CBS's 60 Minutes confirms story first reported by The Onion:

Now, that's journalism!

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I would argue that most black folks are also against illegal immigration. I don’t think that illegal immigration is a “civil rights” type issue. The truly historically oppressed groups in this nation are Native Americans and African Americans. Many other groups have benefited from our struggles and many groups are abusing our struggle comparing their plight to ours. The danger here is that as white males get “fed up”, with all the other groups pressuring them, political correctness….and all……it will be African Americans who are still legitimately trying to rise up from years of oppression, who will suffer the backlash the most.

I am generally not a fan a Lou Dobbs, but I think that it would be wrong to have him pushed out over the issue of illegal immigration. Its not as if there are million of jobs available for all who want them in this nation, as opposed to the musical chairs scenario of 10 people circling 8 chairs. Illegal immigration just makes it 11 people circling and competing for those 8 chairs….when the music stops.

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