Lou Dobbs is no longer on television, and it's thanks to you and thousands of others who demanded that CNN take him off the air.1
This summer, after Lou Dobbs began using his TV show to give legitimacy to bogus questions about President Obama's citizenship, you and more than 25,000 ColorOfChange.org members called on CNN President Jon Klein to fire Dobbs. Our voices were part of a wave of pressure and outrage that embarrassed CNN for providing Dobbs with a platform to spread the "birther" conspiracy theory. We helped start a conversation about how Dobbs' presence at CNN was damaging their reputation as a respectable news outlet.
Soon after, our friends at Presente.org launched the "Basta Dobbs" campaign ("basta" means "enough" in Spanish). Presente.org ran an amazing campaign that put a spotlight on Dobbs' history of stoking hate and spreading lies about immigrants and Latinos. Presente.org confronted CNN in many different ways, pointing out at every opportunity that Dobbs' presence on CNN was out of step with the network's attempts to reach out to Latino viewers, and to bill themselves as a trusted source of news. As a result of Presente's organizing, along with the efforts of several other organizations, the chorus of voices calling for to CNN to drop Lou Dobbs became too powerful for them to ignore.
Yesterday, Lou Dobbs announced his resignation and hosted his last TV show on CNN. It's a remarkable victory for everyone who cares about putting an end to racial fear-mongering and misinformation in the media. You should be proud that you and 25,000 other ColorOfChange members played an important role in making this happen.
If you want to continue to be a part of the amazing work that Presente.org does, we'd like to encourage you to sign up to be a part of Presente, and ask your friends and family to do the same. You can sign up here:
Thanks and Peace,
-- James, Gabriel, William, Dani and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
November 12th, 2009
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1. "In Surprise, Lou Dobbs Quits CNN," New York Times, 11-11-09