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Lou Dobbs forced off CNN because of anti-hate campaign

November 12, 2009

Last month we encouraged people to participate in a national campaign against the racist and anti-immigrant positions of CNN commentator Lou Dobbs.

The Basta Dobbs campaign exposed the vicious and hateful commentary that long time CNN commentator Lou Dobbs has been known for through an online petition campaign and a short video they produced that was widely distributed.

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The Basta Dobbs campaign yesterday released a statement upon hearing the decision by CNN to release the long-time anchor from their network.

“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 Presente.org, a national online advocacy organization coordinating the BastaDobbs.com 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.”

This victory not only demonstrates that this kind of hate speech will not be tolerated by many in this country, it also sends a message to the anti-immigration and White Nationalist movements that those who support immigration are organized.

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