On Sunday, the network’s senior vice president for programming, Gary Schreier, released a statement denouncing what many people called an anti-Semitic trope used by a guest on Dobbs’ show earlier in the week.   "We condemn the rhetoric by the guest on Lou Dobbs Tonight," Schreier said in a short statement. "This episode was a repeat which has now been pulled from all future airings."

The remark drew widespread condemnation when the episode in which it was made was rebroadcast Saturday, hours after a gunman walked into a Pittsburgh synagogue and murdered 11 people in what the Anti-Defamation League called the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in US history.


The comment in question was made by Chris Farrell, a board member of the right-wing organization Judicial Watch, during Thursday night’s episode of Dobbs’ show.  During a segment about the caravan of migrants moving toward the US' southern border,  Farrell called the State Department "Soros-occupied" territory, referring to billionaire and liberal philanthropist George Soros, one of the targets of mail bombs discovered earlier this week.

Critics on Saturday were quick to point out that this language echoes a popular anti-Semitic trope. When reached by phone on Sunday, Farrell told CNN he had no comment and hung up.  It wasn't the first time that Farrell had used this language on Dobbs' show. Farrell, a regular guest on the network, called the State Department "Soros-occupied territory" during a May 21 episode.  A Fox spokesperson told CNN Business by email that Farrell will no longer be booked for appearances on the Fox Business Network or its sister channel Fox News.

But the Fox spokesperson did not respond when asked whether Dobbs, who did not condemn or even push back on what Farrell said, was culpable for the comment his guest made on his air.  The Fox spokesperson also did not respond to questions about Dobbs' own rhetoric on Soros. Dobbs is Fox Business Network's highest-rated host.

In the past, Dobbs has referred to Soros as an "evil SOB" and "insidious." Dobbs has also peddled various conspiracy theories about Soros.  This isn't the first time this week that Dobbs has faced widespread criticism. 

On Thursday, he sent multiple conspiratorial tweets about the bombs mailed to high-profile Democrats, Soros, and the New York offices of CNN. Dobbs asserted, without evidence, that such reports were "fake news." He called the explosive devices, which the FBI said appeared to be pipe bombs, “ Fake bombs" in a now-deleted tweet. In a follow-up tweet, which he also deleted, Dobbs said the "fake news has just successfully changed the narrative" with coverage of the mail bombs. Dobbs never apologized.

Dobbs' comments about the mail bombs, however, irked some of his Fox colleagues. One senior Fox News employee told CNN on Thursday, “It's people like Dobbs who really ruin it for all the hard working journalists at Fox."  A Fox Business Network spokesperson declined at the time to comment on Dobbs' tweets, and wouldn't say whether they violated the network's standards.

Hope Hicks, chief communications officer for Fox -- the soon-to-be parent company of the Fox Business Network and Fox News -- referred CNN back to the Fox Business Network spokesperson when asked earlier this week whether the Murdoch family had any comment about Dobbs' rhetoric. Hicks did not respond to an email on Sunday about the latest controversy involving Dobbs.

The Washington Speakers Bureau, where Dobbs is billed as a “ financial news legend" and a speaker available for booking, has also ignored repeated requests for comment from CNN Business on whether Dobbs rhetoric is in line with its company's values.



Louis Carl Dobbs  born September 24, 1945, is an American television personality, author, radio host, and anchor of Lou Dobbs Tonight on Fox Business Network.  He is only outdone in scumbag rhetoric by Sean Hannity.  The two of them should be running neck and neck, hopefully standing on chairs with ropes from the ceiling and a herd of starving wart hogs running loose in the room.

Louis Carl Dobbs is an American television commentator, author, conspiracy theorist, anti-immigration advocate, radio show host, and the anchor of Lou Dobbs Tonight on Fox Business Network.

BornSeptember 24, 1945 (age 73 years), Childress County, TX
6′ 2″ChildrenHillary Dobbs, Chance Dobbs, Buffie Dobbs, Jason Dobbs, Michelle Dobbs, Heather Dobbs
Debi Segura (m. 1982), Kathy Wheeler (m. 1967–1981)

EducationHarvard UniversityMinico High School

•  Lou worked with CNN since it’s founding in 1980, serving as a reporter and vice president.  He was the host and managing editor for CNN's Moneyline, which premiered in 1980 and was renamed Lou Dobbs Tonight in 2003. Dobbs resigned from CNN in 1999, rejoined in 2001, and resigned again in November 2009. 

•  In 2011, he resumed anchoring Lou Dobbs Tonight on Fox Business Network. He formerly hosted a syndicated USRN radio show, Lou Dobbs Radio, and has written several books since 2001.

•  Lou describes himself as an “  Independent populist” and is known for his pro-Trump coverage, anti-illegal-immigration views, promotion of birther theory, and opposition to NAFTA.

Most others including me describe him as a tired old scumbag prick with anti-establishment views and with T-RUMP scumbag theology all there way.  If he had it his way he would be the next Dr. Goebbels of the HERR TRUMP Nazi - Leninists coalition.  Attending his funeral would be the greatest  day in my life.  

•  Dobbs joined CNN when it launched in 1980, serving as its chief economics correspondent and Dobbs also served as a corporate executive for CNN, as its executive vice president and as a member of CNN's executive committee. He founded CNN financial news, serving as its president and anchoring the program Business Unusual, which examined business creativity and leadership.

•  After his CNN departure and founding of Space.com,  Dobbs repeatedly clashed with Rick Kaplan, who became president of CNN in 1997. Dobbs said Kaplan, noted friend of then president Bill Clinton, was “ clearly partisan” and “ as pushing Clinton stories” while Kaplan said Dobbs was "a very difficult person to work with".  ( Thus the scumbag prick analysis) 

•  On April 20, 1999, CNN was covering Clinton's speech in Littleton, Colorado, following the Columbine High School massacre.  Dobbs ordered the producer to cut away from the speech and return to broadcast Moneyline.  Dobbs was countermanded by Kaplan, who ordered CNN to return to the speech. 

Kaplan later said, "Tell me what journalistic reason there was not to cover the president at Columbine soon after the shootings? Everyone else was doing it”.   Dobbs announced on the air that  "CNN President Rick Kaplan wants us to return to Littleton". A few days later, Dobbs announced that he was leaving the network to start  Space.kom, a website devoted to astronautical news.  ( Good riddance was felt by all including the crew)

•  Kaplan left CNN in August 2000, and Dobbs returned the following year, at the behest of his friend and CNN founder Ted Turner, becoming host and managing editor of the new and initially more general news program Lou Dobbs Reporting, which later became CNN News Sunday Morning. He also regained the helm of the newly renamed Lou Dobbs Moneyline (which became Lou Dobbs Tonight in June 2003).


•  On the November 11, 2009 edition of his nightly broadcast Lou Dobbs Tonight, Dobbs announced his immediate departure from CNN, ending a nearly thirty-year career at the network, citing plans to “ ursue new opportunities".  CNN President Jon Klein said that Dobbs’ departure was not a result of organized opposition to Dobbs' viewpoints.

•   In July 2009, controversy around Dobbs began when he was the only mainstream news anchor to give airtime to the birther conspiracy theory. Several liberal advocacy groups, including Media Matters, and the Southern Poverty Law Center criticized Dobbs for his reporting.  The controversy eventually caused CNN President Jon Klein to rein Dobbs in via an internal memorandum.  In September, advocates challenged Dobbs for appearing at a FAIR conference (Federation for American Immigration Reform), a leading anti-illegal immigration group. 

•   Multiple campaigns were launched, including “Drop Dobbs” (NDN, Media Matters), and "Basta Dobbs" (Presente.org). The campaigns also attacked CNN for alleged hypocrisy towards Latinos, citing CNN's Latino in America special as incompatible with their continued support of Dobbs. The campaigns generated considerable anti-Dobbs press,[15] and are credited by some[who?] as pushing Dobbs out.

Dobbs was reportedly paid $8 million in severance pay when he left CNN prior to his contract being due for renewal.

•   After Dobbs left CNN in 2009, he gave an interview where he did not rule out the possibility of running for President of the United States in 2012, saying the final decision would rest with his wife. Former Senator Dean Barkley said he thought Dobbs should run for president. Many asked Barkley what he was smoking that day....

•   From 2009 to 2012, Dobbs hosted Lou Dobbs Radio on United Stations Radio Networks. The show was guest-centered and featured political discussion and listener calls. 

•   Dobbs was among the hosts who tried out for the position vacated by the cancellation of Imus in the Morning on WFAN, a position that was eventually filled by Boomer and Carton in the Morning. Dobbs mentioned on his radio show that he is currently seeking a position in the US Department of Treasury during the economic crisis. He stated that he believed he could "do more good than the clowns currently in position."


•  On November 10, 2010, Fox Business Network ( Home of many world famous scumbags) announced that Dobbs would host a show on the channel.  The network announced on March 3, 2011 the start date, show title, and time slot of Dobbs’ new show. 

•  Since 2009, Dobbs has made regular appearances to discuss issues on other news network programs including CNBC's The Kudlow Report and Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor. On October 5, 2010, Dobbs made a guest appearance on an episode of The Good Wife, entitled “ ouble Jeopardy",[22] in which he plays himself as a client in search of a new law firm to represent his legal interests.

•  Dobbs was a lifelong Republican.  However, he later registered as an Independent following a break with the Bush Administration. Dobbs is known for his anti-immigration views, prejudice, warnings about Islamist terror, and his opposition to free trade.   

•  He is known for his pro-Trump coverage. According to The Daily Beast, by 2018, Dobbs had turned into a "full-on conservative nationalist-populist and culture warrior."  

•  Dobbs promoted the false conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was not born in the United States. His willingness to raise the “ birther” issue repeatedly even though CNN itself considered it s fake rumor”,   

•  The issue had come up in 2008 during the Presidential campaign, and had largely disappeared from the media spotlight until Dobbs picked up the issue again.  His statements in support of these conspiracy theories were dubbed "racist" and "defamatory" by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

•  The controversy led to Media Matters airing ads critical of Dobbs and of CNN, and to Jon Stewart mocking Dobbs on the satirical Comedy Central television series The Daily Show.

•  The New York Times said that Dobbs had “  become a publicity nightmare for CNN, embarrassed his boss and hosted a show that seemed to contradict the network’s 'no bias' brand."  

•  Dobbs has been strongly opposed to both illegal immigration and foreign worker programs as the H-1B visa program and guest-worker program.  

•  Dobbs’ show has made factually incorrect claims, such as the one that illegal immigrants were responsible for bringing 7,000 new cases of leprosy to the United States in a three-year period, where the actual timeframe was over the last thirty years.   

•  Dobbs has criticized local officials for their approach to border security. In October 2007 he labeled then-New York Governor Eliot Spitzer an "idiot" for advocating the issuance of driver's license's to illegal immigrants. 

•  At about 10:30 a.m. on October 5, 2009, a bullet struck Dobbs’ home as his wife stood outside it.   The bullet struck the vinyl siding of their attic without penetrating the vinyl and fell to the ground.   Many well wishers hoped the shooter had better luck next time.

•  In a November 2009 interview with Telemundo, Dobbs said that the US needed a “ National, effective humane policy" for immigration that included enhanced border security and also "the ability to legalize illegal immigrants on certain conditions."

•  In March 2009, Dobbs said he thought that there should not be a St. Patricks Day.

•  In October 2010, The Nation published the results of a yearlong investigation detailing undocumented workers who had worked on Dobbs’ personal properties. The labor involved upkeep of Dobbs’ multimillion-dollar estates in New Jersey and Florida, including the horses belonging to his daughter, Hillary, a champion show jumper.  He denied it.

•  Dobbs' critics, including columnist James K. Glassman, author of Dow 36,000 and member of the American Enterprise Institute think tank, have accused him of inciting xenophobia.  

•   Others have accused him of Hispanophobia, a charge he denies and one which he has said offends him deeply, as his wife Debi Segura is a Mexican-American.


•   On his show Lou Dobbs Tonight, Dobbs stopped short of a full endorsement of Presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying, “ whatever you think of Trump, whatever your politics, Trump has taken on enormous risk and threats in seeking the presidency ... promised to restore the voice of the people ... and a government that will respect all that our Constitution assures.” 

Dobbs has since endorsed Donald Trump.  In October 2017, Dobbs said that the Trump presidency "may be the most accomplished in modern American history."  Trump praised Dobbs in return.  Later that month, Dobbs interviewed Trump, with numerous observers describing Dobbs’s interview style as fawning and sycophantic.  

Dobbs opened the interview with "You have accomplished so much", and later said to Trump that he was "one of the most loved and respected" presidents "in history." The New York Times described the interview as a love-fest and “  courtier-like session”, as Dobbs "didn't so much ask questions as open his mouth and let rose petals fall out".

•  On October 13, 2016, Dobbs publicized by Twitter a link which contained the address and phone number of a woman who was among several who had come forward with allegations of being sexually assaulted by Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.

•  Trump repeatedly calls Dobbs to get his views on various policy issues. In 2017 Trump patched Dobbs into senior-level Oval Office meetings multiple times, sometimes interrupting officials to ask for Dobbs’ opinions.   Dobbs is a proponent of the Deep State conspiracy theory. 

•  In January 2018, Dobbs called for a “ war" on the "Deep State", which he described as the FBI and the Department of Justice.  Dobbs said that the FBI and DOJ had destroyed evidence and that they were clandestinely working to bring down the Trump presidency. 

•  In June 2018, Dobbs promoted a conspiracy which originated on Reddit and the far-right conspiracy website Gateway Pundit that “the FBI May have initiated a number of spies into the Trump campaign as early as December of 2015."  Shortly after Dobbs promoted the unfounded conspiracy theory, Trump retweeted Dobbs’ assertion and praised Dobbs for a "great interview".

•  After Trump criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for not investigating alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in the investigation on Russian interference in the 2016 election, Dobbs attacked Sessions, saying that he had become physically or mentally unwell.  Dobbs said, “  Sessions has fallen ill, he’s incapacitated in some fashion, or he's been coopted or captured: to preserve any dignity, for the good of the country he needs to resign."

•  In July 2018, Dobbs defended the Trump administration's decision to ban a CNN reporter from a press event.   Multiple Fox colleagues, including Fox News President Jay Wallace, had shown solidarity with CNN and called on the White House to rescind the ban. 

•   2012, when a Daily Caller reporter was criticized by the White House for shouting out a question during an address by Obama, Dobbs defended the reporter, saying, “What is rude is a president not speaking to the American people and taking the questions of the White House press.”

•  CNN’s Jake Tapper suggested that Dobbs was hypocritical, saying, “  Lou Dobbs, it might surprise you to find out, had a very different take on the situation.... Sometimes I find some people in this environment, you will be interested to know, say the exact opposite thing about President Trump than they did about President Obama.”

•  In August 2018, Dobbs called CNN journalist Jim Acosta “ delicate” and "triggered" after Acosta recorded a hostile crowd Trump supporters at a rally harassing him.

•  Dobbs has also been criticized for his journalistic ethics by liberal news journalist Amy Goodman. She accused him of flagrant errors in his reporting and his staff’s association with disreputable sources, complaining that "he has a special responsibility to rely on facts and to correct misstatements of fact."

• He is not well thought of in the industry as having .... derailed handoff the tracks...


To watch Dobbs work, to trust him, as many do, is to see America as a nation under siege.  

1-  We are, if we’re to believe Dobbs, suffering from policies that have encouraged undocumented workers to cross the Mexican border only to depress wages, overwhelm public schools, and blaze the way for infiltrating terrorists. 

2-  At the same time, we are under attack from within, he says, from multinational corporations: the same grand companies that once provided the middle class with decent jobs and pensions but now find it easier and cheaper to ship out jobs to India and China.

3-  Dobbs’ staff included: a report on the House leadership’s desire to have a tougher immigration bill than the White House and Senate had floated; a story on “the rising importance of illegal immigration and the border security crisis in the upcoming midterm elections”; and a piece from Los Angeles on “a significant new blow against the criminal empire that supplies many of the forged documents to illegal aliens.”

Such a show fits comfortably within the Fox News onto basic cable, burrowing into homes with robust personalities like Bill O’Reilly, ( Gone) Sean Hannity, and Shepard Smith.  And, in igniting populist wrath, Fox changed our expectations of news “talent” forever. 

3-  We expect, no, in fact demand, that Anderson Cooper, floating in what was once New Orleans, lash out at FEMA officials, just as we expect Dobbs night after night after night to attack whomever he damn well pleases.

4-  By design, Dobbs’ show offers little in the way of token rebuttal. He has no use, he says, for “he said, she said” journalism.  His journalism is a driven, singularly focused, advocacy sort that doesn’t have the time or the patience to toss in a throwaway statement from an opposing think tank. Most of the time it is nothing but tabloid mistruths.

5- Scumbags forever, yet to call Dobbs a traditional conservative, or even a know-nothing populist, is an ill-fitting label. Yes, the lifelong Republican (though no fan of the current president and since 2006 a registered independent) shares certain sentiments with professional howler Pat Buchanan, who also lashes out at border policy. 

6- Indeed, Dobbs shares no contemporary comparison, but a historical one, to “The Great Commoner” William Jennings Bryan, who, along with his anti-Darwinism rants, railed against the influence of the robber barons, monopolies, and trusts.

He is, in short, his own man. And unlike Buchanan, Dobbs holds your attention on-screen and in person. Because despite the hammering rhetoric, Dobbs in person is amiable and funny, simply a decent sort of guy.  The kind of man you’d like to meet up with for a drink, and ten minutes later if you are a patriotic American, take out a gun and shoot him.

“I never dreamed that we would see the major corporations committing that kind of fraud,” Dobbs told me as we sat in his office in the Time Warner Center overlooking Columbus Circle and, beyond that, Central Park. “President Bush would call them evildoers. That’s what they were, and it was rampant.”

“You have to understand,” Dobbs continued. “I’m a guy who believed in the system. I truly believed that if a person was running a Fortune 500 company, that he was playing by the rules. That disappointment, that failure to live up to standards, is something I think we all share. It drove me ballistic.”

“He transformed himself from a guy known primarily for business news to one known as a generalist,” CNN’s Klein told me. “That’s an impressive transformation to make that deeply into one’s career. It would be like Roger Clemens becoming a shortstop.”

7- When outsourcing became part of our everyday language, Dobbs was there again on air and later in his 2004 best-seller, Exporting America: Why Corporate Greed Is Shipping American Jobs Overseas. In it, Dobbs not only ticks off countless towns where factories have been closed due to outsourcing.

8- He followed up two years later with War on the Middle Class: How the Government, Big Business, and Special Interest Groups Are Waging War on the American Dream and How to Fight Back. Writing from an “American perspective,” Dobbs defends groups like the Minutemen and applauds politicians such as former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney who’ve called for tougher standards for teachers. 

9- “We’re told by the faith-based free traders that all is well,” Dobbs told me. “It’s mindlessness. We’re not exporting. We’re told it’s free trade. It’s an absurdity. There are 25 percent tariffs on our automobiles going to China and 2 percent here. What are we exporting? We’re exporting scrap metal, waste products, and soybeans. They’re exporting to us electronics, computers—and we’re supposed to be the technology country.”

10- This past summer, Dobbs attended a luncheon panel on immigration on enemy turf, the annual meeting of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), held in a white-hot Fort Lauderdale. He sat in a darkened room with 1,600 people, most of them Hispanic and, well, journalists, and defended his views on illegal immigration on a panel narrated by PBS’s Ray Suarez; the other panelists were New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, reverend and professional do-gooder David Beckmann, and former Mexican secretary of foreign affairs Jorge Castañeda

But before, during, and after, it was Dobbs who drew the most attention. “I happen to have an interest in independent, nonpartisan reality,” Dobbs told Suarez. “You may not agree with it.”  “Whether I agree or not,” Suarez replied, “is completely immaterial.”  After the other panelists had dispersed, Dobbs found himself defending his views for 45 more minutes. Before he could leave, three Hispanic journalists cornered him, demanding a change in his vocabulary. 

What they wanted was simply for Dobbs to no longer use the term “illegal alien” on the air. Couldn’t Dobbs use “undocumented worker”? Or, at the very least, “illegal immigrant”?

“‘Illegal immigrant’?” Dobbs said, with his wife, Debi, a former sportscaster who is herself of Hispanic origin and who refers to Dobbs as “Husband” — he calls her “Momma” — not far away.  In 2003,  Debi was arrested after trying to board a plane at the Newark airport with a gun she keeps on their farm for protection.

As the conversation began to fade out, Regina Medina, a director of NAHJ and a reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, approached Dobbs, asking him if he’d consider handing over $1,000 for a membership in the group.

Knowing there was a car out front waiting to speed him and Debi away, Dobbs whispered into Medina’s ear: No, he wouldn’t take one membership. He’d take five.

Dobbs would go on the air that night, as he has been since his rebirth, a man alone. He would do so as a traitor to the corporate leaders and the free-market theorems that have influenced much of the modern conservative movement, but also as a man who finds no kindred spirits among liberals, who see a racist strain in his form of economic nationalism.

“The United States was once considered the greatest can-do country on the face of the earth,” he told me, “but this insidious libertarianism suggests we can’t change the educational system. We can’t control our borders or our ports, but we can send men and women to Iraq to install democracy? When we don’t have the wherewithal to preserve it here? Where is the reason? It’s a failure of leadership. It’s a failure of leadership in so many of our institutions. Someone said to me that the far right hates you and the far left fears you, and that’s perfectly fine with me.”


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