Monday, December 11, 2006

Lou Dobbs: Anti-Globalization Xenophobe

Nobody has been more of a vocal critic of outsourcing, globalization and international trade than CNN news anchor Lou Dobbs.

From a new article about Lou Dobbs titled "Mad As Hell" by Ken Auletta in the most recent issue of the
New Yorker:

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman told a law-school audience, “And then you have a blithering idiot like Lou Dobbs, in my view, who’s using the platform of CNN in a news frame. . . This is not news. And so we have a political class not making sense of the world for people and that’s why the public . . . is so agitated.”

The Economist said that one might expect “CNN’s flagship business-news program . . . to strive for economic literacy,” but, instead, Dobbs greets “every announcement of lost jobs as akin to a terrorist assault."

The Nation accused him of “hysteria and jingoism.”

Ted Turner recently criticized journalists who fail to convey a sense of “covering the news from an unbiased” perspective. Turner didn’t single anyone out, but Dobbs is sure that he was referring to him.

MP: Lou Dobbs has an economics degree from Harvard but I think he missed that part of ECN 101 about trade being WIN-WIN. And as
Cafe Hayek pointed out, CNN and Lou Dobbs appear every evening in millions of American homes on foreign-produced televisions, and CNN's news programs are carried worldwide, so I guess Lou Dobbs isn't totally opposed to globalization, at least not when he and his employer CNN benefit. And I doubt he has any problems with globalization when he personally travels to Europe or the Carribean with his family and outsources his vacation overseas? And I doubt he has any problem with globalization when his books are sold overseas?



At 12/12/2006 7:33 AM, Anonymous Walt G. said...

This post has six paragraphs out of seven that are questioning Lou Dobbs' character.

Why are educated people using personally derogatory terms such as "no credibility" "blithering idiot, "terrorist assault" "hysteria and jingoism" "biased" and "missed that part in ECN 101" to describe Lou Dobbs instead of countering his arguments?

There are a lot of people who think as Lou Dobbs thinks, and we are not all "blithering idiots."

Perhaps more information about free-trade and globalization would prove more beneficial than resorting to name-calling like a bunch of children on a school-yard. Maybe we did miss that part of ECN 101. Enlighten us: Don't demean us.

At 12/12/2006 9:56 PM, Anonymous Rusty said...

Ah, have you looked around Flint lately?

Calling names does little to forward necessary economic debates.

Maybe the State of Michigan will cut the pay of profs at UM to balance the saggy budget. Hmmmmm.


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