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    Arrow Lou Dobbs Exits CNN

    Lou Dobbs Exits CNN
    Anchor Says Wednesday Night Show Is His Last On Network
    Alex Weprin

    CNN anchor Lou Dobbs --one of the network's first hires in 1980 -- is leaving the channel, he said on his program Nov. 11. He said his departure was effective immediately, and that Wednesday's Lou Dobbs Tonight was his last.

    Dobbs said he is "considering a number of different options" for where he will end up, but wants to continue to advocate for issues he thinks are important.

    He added that business leaders and others "have been urging me to go beyond my role here at CNN and engage in constructive problem-solving."

    Dobbs had come under fire this year for giving so-called "birthers," people that believe President Obama is not a U.S. citizen, a largely friendly platform to present their views.He has also been a vocal critic of illegal immigration.

    Those opinions have sometimes clashed with CNN's straight-down-the-middle programming philosophy.

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    Re: Lou Dobbs Exits CNN

    Lou Dobbs leaving CNN, does not reveal plans
    November 12th, 2009 - 10:37 UTC
    by Andy Sennitt.

    CNN host Lou Dobbs, whose outspoken views on US immigration have made him one of the most controversial figures on television, said on Wednesday he is leaving the 24-hour cable news network immediately because he wants a freer platform to state his opinion. Mr Dobbs announced his departure near the start of his nightly news and commentary show after nearly 30 years at CNN.

    Mr Dobbs, whose ratings have been on the decline, said he had been released from his contract, effective immediately, and wanted “to contribute positively to the understanding of the great issues of our day … in the most honest and direct language possible.” A CNN source told Reuters that Mr Dobbs will be concentrating on his syndicated radio show, “The Lou Dobbs Show.” The source would not confirm a New York Times report that he had met with Roger Ailes, chairman and chief executive of the Fox News channel, the News Corp-owned rival to CNN, a unit of Time Warner Inc.

    CNN had been under pressure from civil rights and Latino groups to drop Lou Dobbs from its lineup, accusing the host of aligning himself with anti-immigrant groups that critics say espouse hate messages. “It’s about time. He was doing CNN no good,” said Nativo Lopez, head of the California-based Mexican-American Political Association that promotes the interests of Mexican-Americans in the United States and is part of a campaign against Mr Dobbs. “His is not a debate based on science or reason, it’s based on prejudice, it’s based on racial overtones, it’s based on profiling and an obsessive fixation on immigrants from Mexico,” said Mr Lopez.

    As a radio host, Mr Dobbs also drew criticism by appearing to stoke the so-called “birther” movement, whose adherents believe that President Barack Obama’s Hawaiian birth certificate was faked to hide a Kenyan birthplace, making the first black US president ineligible for office. Mr Dobbs said he was considering “a number of options and directions.” His contract was due to end in 2011.

    “For the past six months it has become increasingly clear that strong winds of change have begun buffeting this country and affecting all of us,” Mr Dobbs said. “Some leaders in media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond the role here at CNN and engage in constructive problem-solving,” said Dobbs, referring to himself as one of the last original CNN anchors.

    Eric Burns, president of liberal advocacy group Media Matters for America, called Dobbs’ departure “a happy day for all those who care about this nation of immigrants and believe in the power of media to elevate the political discourse.”

    Lou Dobbs, 64, started out at CNN as the network’s chief business and financial correspondent and host of its business news programme “Moneyline” in 1980. He left the network in 1999 after friction with CNN’s then-president Rick Kaplan to start his own dotcom venture. He returned two years later to become host and managing editor of a new general news broadcast, and for a time renewed his “Moneyline” show.

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