Lou Dobbs, Do You Still Beat Your Wife?

June 22, 2006

Lou Dobbs of CNNThe disingenuous “poll” questions of CNN’s Lou Dobbs reached a new low last night, with the QuickVote topic being: “Do you think someone should take a vote before merging Canada, Mexico and the United States?” This was followed with a quick, smug comment about “of the people, by the people and for the people,” before fading to black in a commercial. At last glance, the “poll,” laughably unscientific in its classic “Do you still beat your wife?” couching, showed 97 percent of the viewers who bothered to vote — or 15,380 — fell for this and voted yes, while only 3 percent of the votes — 466 — were cast in the negative.

Why his xenophobic political opinions, most notably expressed in his incessant Broken Border segments, which harken back to Chicken Little’s dire warnings that “the sky is falling! the sky is falling!” are allowed to pass for prime-time news is a mystery to us, and he approaches the king of the cheap shot, Bill O’Reilly, with this poll question. The tenor of such “politically correct” shows, rooted in a narrow-mindedness that does McCarthyism proud, provides a disturbing glimpse into the underlying dated provincialism and, yes, racism which fuels much of America’s foreign policy. And we wonder why we are viewed with loathing in so much of the world! We hate to break it to you, Lou, but Canadians in particular do NOT want to be American, and the Hispanic voting bloc will be an increasing political force to be reckoned with, whether this is sympatico with your world view or not. Get a grip. We are NOT the center of the universe.

Lou’s previous nadir was his infamous St. Patrick’s Day quote, when he said: “I don’t think there should be a St. Patrick’s Day. I don’t care who you are. I think we ought to be celebrating what is common about this country. . . ” Congratulations, Lou, we didn’t think it was possible, but you’ve lowered the bar once again in your celebration of what is common. Your “good old boy” approach and supposedly heartfelt interest in the American middle class are belied by your Harvard education, and we weary of the “spin.”

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