Hate Speech = Hate Crimes


We’re joining the Basta Dobbs campaign.

Basta Dobbs

Here is the statement I’ve send  to Jon Klein, President of CNN.

Dear Mr. Klein,

It’s time for CNN to stop promoting Lou Dobbs’ brand of “news.”  Dobbs consistently spreads myths and misinformation about immigrants and Latinos, and his rhetoric has been linked to the rise of bigotry and hate crimes in our communities. Standing behind Dobbs sends a message that CNN is more interested in perpetuating prejudice than being a credible source of news for Latinos.

As President of CNN, it is imperative that you act quickly and decisively to drop Dobbs from your network, and send the message that CNN does not tolerate hate speech. There should be no place for the likes of Dobbs on the  “most trusted name in news.”

and I added:

I’m also letting others know CNN’s Dobb problem by blogging about it and posting updates on Twitter and Facebook.


If it was only my message, he would pay attention. We’ll see what happens when he gets a few hundred thousand of these.

You can join the campaign here. Let your voice be heard!

Are You Going to Stand by

while poisonous hate is broadcast in our media?

Of course not!

Lou Dobbs

The pressure on CNN’s Lou Dobbs continues to mount.

Earlier this month, along with NDN, America’s Voice, and several other prominent progressive groups, we launched a campaign demanding that Lou Dobbs’ advertisers stop supporting his fact-free hate speech. Thousands of people have already taken a stand and signed our petition. Now we’re asking you to add your voice to the growing number of Americans who are unwilling to stand by while poisonous hate is broadcast in our media.

Tell Dobbs’ advertisers to stop sponsoring hate: http://www.dropdobbs.com/take-action/

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Dobbs Hearts Corsi

From Media Matters:

On his radio show — broadcast from the anti-immigration organization Federation for American Immigration Reform’s “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” legislative advocacy event — Lou Dobbs interviewed WorldNetDaily staff reporter Jerome Corsi, who Dobbs described as “a pretty good guy to talk to” about immigration issues. Corsi is a consistent promoter of the conspiracy theory — previously advanced by Dobbs — that President Obama has yet to produce a valid birth certificate; the author of falsehood-laden books about Obama and Sen. John Kerry that Dobbs’ CNN colleagues panned as “discredited;” and has a history of making bigoted comments, some of which he later apologized for.

There’s more…


YOU Can Stop Lou Dobbs!

Lou Dobbs
Lou Dobbs Self-Portrait. Image Courtesy of losblogeros.net

This is why:

On September 15 and 16, Dobbs is scheduled to broadcast his radio show from Capitol Hill as a leading voice of the annual “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” legislative advocacy conference and rally sponsored by the rabidly anti-immigrant organization Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

Founded by a man with a history of espousing racist beliefs and who remains on its board, FAIR is labeled as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Dobbs’ participation — and, through him, CNN’s — will bestow mainstream legitimacy on the rally and on FAIR, something FAIR recognizes and is bragging about to its members.

As Media Matters has highlighted repeatedly, Dobbs represents an ongoing threat to CNN’s credibility as a serious news organization, in no small part because of his one-sided and error-prone coverage of immigration issues and his continued use of his CNN show to lend prominence to hatemongering groups like FAIR. Dobbs must not be allowed to participate in this event.

This is how:

Email CNN and ask them to stop Dobbs!!!

Let’s Stop the Crazies!

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A Story to Warm Lou Dobbs’s Heart

The story of Hector Veloz, a U.S. citizen and the son of a decorated Vietnam veteran. Officials locked him up for 13 months. He looked like an illegal immigrant.

As ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) increased its collaboration with state and local police and prisons under changes to immigration laws and policies in recent years, some detainees who have had a run-in with the law drop through a trapdoor from the criminal justice system into deportation proceedings.

In immigration detention it falls to the detainees to prove their citizenship. But detainees don’t have the constitutional protections, such as the right to legal counsel, that would help them prove their case.

And many of those who wind up in immigration custody are frequently those who might have the most difficulty proving their citizenship.

Here’s the rest of the disturbing story. Disturbing to most Americans.

(h/t Andrew Sullivan)