Your Career Advice for Lou Dobbs

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Last night, long-time CNN anchor Lou Dobbs announced he was leaving the cable news channel, stating that "some leaders in media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond the role here at CNN and to engage in constructive problem solving as well as to contribute positively to the great understanding of the issues of our day." Brian Stelter of the New York Times discusses what this means for the media landscape.

What's your advice for Lou Dobb's next step? Where should he go next? What kind of problems should he tackle? Comment below!


Brian Stelter

Comments [49]

Ben Rosengart

I would like to see Dobbs contribute to humanity by getting a job at a meat-packing plant.

Nov. 12 2009 05:45 PM
Joe P. from West Village

Dobbs should try a start-up: Demagogues-R-us! He'd rent himself out to deliver crowds to teabag rallies and witch hunts.

This would be more accurate, truth in labelling, as opposed to the fiction that this self-serving bloviator is a "newsman".

-----> Joe

Nov. 12 2009 03:09 PM
Hope Breeman from Northwestern NJ

He can stay busy tending to his "farm" in rural NJ (he's a neighbor of my brother-in-law).

Nov. 12 2009 01:54 PM
Eric J-D from Madison, NJ

I'll forego the career advice since my secret (and likely futile) hope is that Dobbs won't have a post-CNN career.

It's worth taking stock, however, of what Dobbs' popularity and his public transformation from an economics correspondent into a political commentator mean. Although some left-leaning people were taken by surprise when Dobbs' moved from becoming a critic of NAFTA to becoming an outspoken opponent of undocumented migrant workers, the move was predictable. Along with Dobbs' ongoing flirtation with conspiracy theorists like the birthers, these positions form a rather coherent ideological outlook, albeit an odious one. Taken together they reveal a strong nativist streak running through Dobbs' thought. In retrospect, Dobbs' opposition to NAFTA had to do with what he regarded as its adverse impact on U.S. "natives." Had the deleterious effects of NAFTA only been felt in Mexico and Canada, Dobbs would have been for it.

Dobbs' popularity is another thing entirely. Although one might argue, as Lehrer's guest did, that Dobbs appeals to traditionalists, this is not quite right. One can be, as my father-in-law was, a traditionalist and not be a nativist. Dobbs' "genius" (and it is a perverse genius) is to make the latter appear as the former.

Some of those who like what Dobbs has to say are thus his unfortunate dupes. Others, however, no doubt share his nativism. Both are cause for deep concern.

Nov. 12 2009 12:46 PM
Jim Lincoln from Gillette, NJ

What Lou Dobbs does next I'll leave to others to humorously express, but I want to add something sobering into the mix here. In checking CNN's website this morning, I saw a story about Dobbs receiving thousands of vicious phone calls during the past few months over his beliefs which culminated just the other night with someone shooting at his house while his wife was outside. The local New Jersey police are currently investigating the incident. Although I do not watch his show or agree with most of his views, I find it a sad commentary that the angry polarization to the left and right in this country has gone this level.

Nov. 12 2009 12:41 PM
Deborah from NJ

Since Dobbs is so convinced that immigrant labor is taking jobs that Americans will do, I invite him - an American - to begin his post-CNN career by working along side low wage workers doing the back-breaking, dirty and thankless tasks they do.

That said, I do think Dobbs sticks up for the middle-income worker, who often seems forgotten. His "War on the Middle Class" series last year dealt with many issues beyond immigration. He also addresses these on his show. Immigration is a real issue, but I believe it can be one we can deal with without fanning the flames of ethnic hatred. And in this regard he is completely irresponsible and bigoted. No one from the calmer school of reporting seems to address this as regularly.

I also can't stand that he plays fast and loose with facts and invites people on his show just to interrupt them. I am actually frightened to see where he's going to end up and how he'll be when he's completely unbound.

Nov. 12 2009 12:37 PM

I agree with Sarah L. from Manhattan

Nov. 12 2009 12:13 PM
Kate Conway from NY

My friend, John McGarvey - "Dobbs will run for prez!"

Nov. 12 2009 12:09 PM
Janny from jersey city

Become communications director for Palin's presidential run in 2012...ack ack!

Nov. 12 2009 11:57 AM

i just hope they don't give yet another hour to wolf blitzer. at least lou dobbs had something interesting say, even if i didn't agree with a word of it.

Nov. 12 2009 11:56 AM
Ken Girard from NYC/UWS

Thank God he is leaving maybe now I can watch CNN and want to get out of bed in the morning. He is so negative it is depressing. Maybe he should go to a yoga retreat!

Nov. 12 2009 11:55 AM
db from nyc

Dobbs should become Glenn Beck's house boy!

Nov. 12 2009 11:55 AM
Andrew B. from New York City

Lou Dobbs is one of the few American heros who sticks up for American workers.

US Companies are so allergic to hiring American workers that they prefer to hire H1-B foreign guest workers who are under indictment for sabotaging the US government.

Nov. 12 2009 11:54 AM
rj from NJ

He irritated me to no end. avoided watching cnn from 7pm to 8 pm. i am happy he is not around, instead, Amanpour or Farid Zakaria should get that slot. will be a punch on Lou's face.

Nov. 12 2009 11:54 AM
db from nyc

"... does that just mean he's going over to FOX™?"

Bravo, Brian!!!

Nov. 12 2009 11:53 AM
Dale from Brooklyn

He should just become an illegal alien in Mexico, see how that goes.

Nov. 12 2009 11:52 AM
Betty Anne from UES

Sarah Palin campaign manager, journalism school or he can just setup camp and watch the border with a sawed-off shotgun.

Nov. 12 2009 11:51 AM
mozo from nyc

It's gonna be Fox News or politics. I think he should just retire.

Nov. 12 2009 11:50 AM
Mike from Inwood

NeitherHereNorThere opines: "I find these militant-lefties as scary as scary as the radical-righties.'

I don't because the lefties just talk.

Nov. 12 2009 11:50 AM
Kate Steinberg from Park Slope

dog-catcher? the immigrant dog situation is out of control! Taking jobs from all the American dogs!

Nov. 12 2009 11:49 AM from UWS

I think that the media makes too much of a big deal about ... the media. Lou dobbs is not the news. With all due respect, I don't care about the 20th anniversay of Sat. Morning edition, Don Hewitt's impact or Lou Dobbs.

Nov. 12 2009 11:48 AM
Gary from Upper Left Side


How about you and Lou doing a radio show together--kind of like Hannity and Colmes?

Nov. 12 2009 11:47 AM
Bob Podstawski from NJ

Border guard, Texas

Nov. 12 2009 11:47 AM
Mike from Inwood

NeitherHereNorThere from Manhattan agrees with Sara L.: This is just an example of how extreme people on both political sides can be. Equally as ignorant.

Lou Dobbs does seem to have struck a nerve with the people on the left hee who can be civil to Newt Gingrich. A bit of a lightening rod.

Nov. 12 2009 11:43 AM
Marcus Hyppolite from Queens, NY

Mr Dobbs is the exemple of an extraodinary american, I have never applauded Mr Dobbs views,but he is a concerned american who feels just like anyone of us the right to express his views and displeasure, good or bad he takes his concerns very personal or bit too personal at times. But Mr Dobbs deserves and get my outmost respect as he reminded us what the fundamental of this country is all about "FREE SPEACH".

Nov. 12 2009 11:40 AM
NeitherHereNorThere from Manhattan

I agree Sara L. This is just an example of how extreme people on both political sides can be. Equally as ignorant.

Nov. 12 2009 11:39 AM
Mike from Inwood

While I'm hardly in Lou Dobbs' corner, he speaks for many in some of the more contentious and important conversations our society is having. If he can be silenced and demonized as some in the more 'enlightened' WNYC audience would do, so can you the voices that we sympathize with. I think I understand the frustration of my fellow listeners. The right routinely demonizes politicians they disagree with as a way to silence them. Although the temptation to return fire can be irresistable, hold your fire and rise above the opposition that is dedicated to destroying public discourse. Ideas should fail because they are lame, not because they never see the light of day. That's not what this show is about.

Nov. 12 2009 11:39 AM
Sara L. from Manhattan

i see some of the more nasty comments have been removed... thank you, wnyc. although it's almost a shame because it was a real eye opener for me as a new listener how your audience reacts to issues.

Nov. 12 2009 11:31 AM
barbara book from New York, New York

He couldn't compete with Shepard Smith at 7PM on the Fox network, so he will probably join em!

Nov. 12 2009 11:31 AM
oscar from east harlem

How about Obama naming him ambassador to either Russia or Venezuela... would love to see him sit and negotiate with either Putin or Hugo Chavez.

Nov. 12 2009 11:31 AM
stuart from nyc

Fill in host for the Brian Lehrer show. He can work on Thanksgiving and the following day.

btw - does he still have his talk radio show, or was he "asked"/coerced to give up that position too?

Nov. 12 2009 11:31 AM
Kate from Lower East Side

Lou Dobbs should join a cloistered religious order and take a vow of silence.

Nov. 12 2009 11:29 AM
Sara L. from Manhattan

I find it disturbing how a liberal outlet such as this is so incredibly arrogant, closed minded and self righteous as to label someone who has only stated time and again that the laws on the books should be enforced. Nothing more, nothing less. It is incredibly disheartening and a turn off to the liberal movement that people on the left are exactly as bad as people on the far right.

Nov. 12 2009 11:27 AM
Tom from Upper West Side

Lou should open a Bed & Breakfast in Brownsville, Texas.

Nov. 12 2009 11:24 AM
Telegram Sam from Staten Island

Dobbs should take up skydiving, sans parachute.

Nov. 12 2009 11:03 AM
Geraldo Rivera welcomes you from The Garden State

He should go undercover at Fox News and pose as a conservative commentator and finally uncover that Fox News is making money by speaking to their choir just like all media outlets do…. What a shock that would be…. You can hate Fox news like I do. But you have to admit they are the smartest kids on the block right now for cashing in on the conservative TV crowd while all the other stations ignore this growing and annoying loud group….

Nov. 12 2009 11:02 AM
NeitherHereNorThere from Manhattan

Alot of irony in people calling him a bigot, because they don't agree with him. Everyone has their own opinion, and it's unfortunate that he has to censor himself to be on left-media. I find these militant-lefties as scary as scary as the radical-righties.

Nov. 12 2009 11:01 AM
Barry from Westchester

For Lou Dobbs -- secretary of State and Masonry in the Palin administration.

Nov. 12 2009 10:49 AM
Jeff Johnson from Manhattan

Lou should set up a not-for-profit modeled on Habitat for Humanity to complete the Great Fence separating Mexico from the US. Then he can put on some chain mail, pick up a broad sword and shield (with the Fox logo incorporated into his Coat of Arms), and man the Great Fence's reamparts to protect us from the dragon he believes embodies the threat of illegal immigration.

Nov. 12 2009 10:46 AM
laura hawkins from Westchester County, NY

I've been waiting several years for Lou Dobbs to make a move to something far more important. I would be thrilled to see Lou Dobbs run for President on the Independent ticket. I'm am so tired of going from extreme lefties to extreme righties - most Americans do not believe in either extreme. Please, Mr. Dobbs, save us from the yo-yoing back and forth from one insane mindset to another. And hooray for your stand on illegal immigrants - I appreciate the people, I disdain the policy -we cannot have open borders.

Nov. 12 2009 10:41 AM

Objective as liberal public radio?
The reality is every news agency is opinionated and partisan. I'll take Dobbs over the Wolf any day. Blitzer should wear a dress, he's pathetic as is CNN.

Nov. 12 2009 10:38 AM

Men can select from either deodorant (ok for you) OR anti-perspirant (not ok for you), while woman can choose only from different brands of anti-perspirant.

Who decided that women can't sweat? The real problem is purchasing women's deodorant that doesn't also contain anti-perspirant. Where? (A hex on those offering Tom's of Maine.)

I do hope Mr. Dobbs and his fellow thought leaders can pick at their belly buttons over this pernicious problemo.

Nov. 12 2009 10:37 AM
Carl from New Jersey

A job as a John Stewart 'special corespondent' would be a GREAT move forward.

Nov. 12 2009 10:33 AM
Esther from Brooklyn

He should go back to journalism school and learn how to be objective.

Nov. 12 2009 10:32 AM
Henry Mayrorga from New York

Goood ridance. He is a bigot.
He can join Fox news and speak his language of hatred in context.

Nov. 12 2009 10:31 AM

He will do something self serving like he always does.

Nov. 12 2009 10:31 AM
Yourgo from Astoria

He should go to Fox news where he belongs.
A channel that prefers to air opinions instead of news, just like Dobbs.

Nov. 12 2009 10:26 AM
Gerald Fnord from Palos Verdes, CA

Obviously, he should move to Mexico or Guatemala to spend his remaining years trying to improve conditions there to stem the tide of immigrants' coming here.

Either that, or he should go undercover to discover American employers' violating our labour laws' wages and conditions limits by hiring easily-cowed illegals...or offer a bouunty (enough to set someone up well in Mexico) to any illegal who reports such.

Or he should just putter around his house, every day slightly making more ornate his shrine to Father Coughlin and H.G. Wells (which latter thought Italians, Slavs, Jews, and Chinese utterly unassimilable and useless to America).

Nov. 12 2009 10:18 AM
hjs from 11211

he should run for vice president with sarah palin on the teabaggers party ticket!

Nov. 12 2009 09:34 AM

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