SPLC keeping up the pressure on CNN for letting Lou Dobbs fan “the flames of racism”




Just got this email from Richard Cohen, President of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The group is not backing down in its battle with CNN over Lou Dobbs:

This week, I appeared on the “O’Reilly Factor,” and Bill O’Reilly told me that we shouldn’t take Dobbs seriously, that it’s all just about ratings.

But Dobbs is playing a dangerous game. By promoting paranoid conspiracy theories that originate in extremist circles, he’s fanning the flames of racism among a segment of society that can’t accept a black man in the White House. And we’ve already seen a wave of violence committed by racial extremists since Obama was elected.

Let me be clear: This issue has nothing to do with Dobbs’ First Amendment rights. We’re not calling for the government to silence Dobbs. We’re simply calling for CNN to exercise responsible editorial judgment.

O’Reilly told me that CNN won’t care what the public thinks about Dobbs’ irresponsible reporting. I disagree. I think, together, we can make a difference. I want to thank all of you who have joined this call and all who support SPLC’s work.

Please help us again by joining our call to take Dobbs off the air — and forward this email to your friends and family members so that we can make our voices ring even louder in CNN’s executive offices.

One wonders how the colleagues of Lou Dobbs over at CNN feel about him fanning the flames of racism. Seems to undermine some of the very good work others, like Soledad O’Brien, have been doing on race issues.


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