The Strange Silence of Lou Dobbs on John McCain

Last week, Lou Dobbs had been apopleptic about a huge defense contract being awarded to Airbus, a European company, instead of America’s own Boeing. Like King Kong about to break his chains, Sweet Lou thundered about how the powers-that-be are destroying the middle class. 

The next morning it came out that John McCain and at least three of his compaign staff had been instrumental in steering the advantage for the contract from Boeing to Airbus.

No one puts on a self-righteous hrrmmmph quite like ole Lou Dobbs. Note particularly what happens after 3 minutes and 22 seconds into the clip.

Holy Freaking Box of Saltines! No Airbus follow up? No McCain-is-the-sworn-enemy-I-told-you-about-yesterday? Nope. McCain gets a pass. And now Lou himself is the peevish victim, of… of? Of Barack Obama??

Hey, Lou, what happened to your beleagured middle class? You want to change the subject to Barack Obama, lying or unintentionally misinforming his audience? Except that, well, no one, except perhaps Rush Limbaugh, can be so flamboyantly full of crackers as Lou. His sniffling here is no exception.

Dave at Orcinus demonstrated this on March 11th:

As it so happens, you need only go back to less than a year ago to find an example of Dobbs advocating the deportation of all illegal immigrants — while disingenuously claiming he’s not:

Lesley Stahl: But I wonder if you think that we can possibly deport all those people.

Dobbs: I’ve never called for their deportation. But at the same time, when this president and open-borders, illegal-alien-amnesty advocates say, ‘You can’t deport them,’ my answer is, ‘You wanna bet?’ Because this is the United States.”

Stahl: Can you even find them? How are you going to round them up, if you think it’s possible? How’s it possible?

Dobbs: I think this country can do anything it sets its mind to.

Note the neat rhetorical trick of denying he’s advocated something he then immediately advocates — sorta like saying you’ve never supported genocide but by God this is America and we can do anything we put our minds to doing…

There is something of a history here. Dave also cites

Nov. 18, 2003, [Dobbs] reported:

“There are an estimated 10 million illegal aliens in the United States, and federal agencies are doing little to investigate and apprehend them.”

On Sept. 30, 2003, he lectured his guest by decrying the fact that we’re not deporting illegal immigrants:

“We’ve got nearly approximately 700,000 illegal aliens crossing our borders every single year. It continues unabated despite the national security interest in this war on terror. We have not been deporting illegal aliens. As a matter of fact, you just used the expression ‘undocumented worker.’ They’re illegal aliens. The niceties of language–it’s sort of interesting to hear how there’s been this language shift, from ‘illegal alien’ to ‘undocumented worker’ to ‘guest without status.’ I mean, where does the nonsense end?”

Score Barack Obama: One
Lou Dobbs: Foul

And there is no demagogue more foul than one who pretends to be your champion on Tuesday and when the enemy is uncovered, diverts your attention elsewhere on Wednesday.

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3 responses to “The Strange Silence of Lou Dobbs on John McCain

  1. William Garland

    This is entitled a forum for a peace and justice community, but has a lot of hate speech directed at Lou Dobbs.

  2. Well, William, it appears you are not aware of what “hate speech” is and isn’t. I hope this definition from Websters New World Law Dictionary helps:

    hate speech (n) — Speech not protected by the First Amendment, because it is intended to foster hatred against individuals or groups based on race, religion, gender, sexual preference, place of national origin, or other improper classification.

    Criticism is not hate speech. Neither is calling demagoguery demagoguery. And if you or someone else believes that Mr. Dobbs does not practice demagoguery, and can demonstrate it, more power ot you.

  3. S6eYec Thank you for the material. Do you mind if I posted it in her blog, of course, with reference to your site?

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