Liberals Shouldn't Be Shocked That Fox Business Hired Lou Dobbs

Lou DobbsThe only thing that's surprising about Lou Dobbs getting hired by the Fox Business Channel was that it didn't happen sooner. The conservative broadcaster, who quit his job at CNN after his strident opposition to illegal immigration and his questioning of President Obama's citizenship, aroused the ire of progressives and his bosses. Dobbs, who had spent 30 years at the Time Warner (TWX) network, is a natural fit for Fox.

The channel, which was launched in 2007, already has plenty of like-minded souls including Neil Cavuto and his former colleague from CNN Stuart Varney. Dobbs's hiring adds to Fox Business's roster, which includes libertarian host John Stossel, who joined the network last September from ABC News, the same month shock-jock Don Imus was hired. Charlie Gasparino joined the channel from CNBC in February.

"Dangerous Crusade"

As expected, liberals were outraged by Dobbs's hiring. Media Matters for America, America's Voice and the League of United Latin American Citizens issued a joint statement denouncing the move.

"The wounds left by Lou Dobbs' CNN tenure have not been forgotten," they said. "He spent years pursuing a dangerous crusade against immigrants, and his last few months there were dedicated to pushing ridiculous conspiracy theories about the president's birth certificate. That style of 'journalism' may be par for the course at Fox, but that doesn't make it right. Lou Dobbs does not deserve a platform on any television network -- even one with ratings as low as Fox Business Network."

According to a statement from the News Corp. (NWS) channel, Dobbs will develop and host a new daily program premiering early next year. He'll also appear on a variety of programs to provide analysis and commentary on business news of the day. With the country's rightward swing in the midterm elections, Dobbs's timing may be good.

Still, Dobbs may have difficulty finding viewers. Fox Business Network is available in more than 50 million homes, far fewer than the 97 million homes where CNBC is available. Bloomberg TV, which reaches more than 240 million homes worldwide, is also a formidable competitor. It won't be hard for any liberals who want to avoid Dobbs.

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I think that Lou saw the handwriting on the wall, and did the proper things by going to FOX. They are rated as the most watched News Program on the air. It seems that the rest of the News channels would finally catch on that American want the truth to be told, and also for the Washington crowd to LISTEN TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC FOR A CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We like to see and hear the truth about the affairs going on in D.C. Lou did the right thing by leaving CNN!

November 11 2010 at 7:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Lou Dobbs was NOT against immigration. He was against ILLEGAL immigration and there is most certainly a difference. If you don't know it, his wife is a LEGAL immigrant from Mexico. Personally, I don't agree with everything he said or did while at CNN, but I do agree with him on this point.

November 11 2010 at 6:35 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Another misstatement by the minions of being told what to think. Fox is only number one among the cable news networks. They get their butts kicked every day by the network news. Millions more watch network news than they watch Fox. Get your facts straight!

November 11 2010 at 1:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Fox business cant even pay people to watch them. Ask any person in business on the street who is on this channel and they cant tell you. You actually have the stones to say that Fox is a news network? There has never been a story yet that didnt have a right slant to it on this cable station. If you were honest and wanted to get facts not fiction on real news stories just go to fact check and you might learn something. As for Glenn Beck the nazi impersonator and devoted anti semite anyone who would waste their time watching this moron should be forced to serve time doing community service to make up for the dis service this man has done to our country. Fox = Robots

November 11 2010 at 1:35 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Reinforces my feelings even more ! I only watch / listen to Fox News since they are the only news source that I feel in accurate and does present both sides. True they do have some specialty shows that are definitely not liberal leaning, but the news department is far more likely to report all the news and not to slant it. I do watch our local CBS affilliate for local news at 6:00 and 10:00 for local news other wise it is Fox. I would like to suggest any one who hasnt read the new book "Broke" by Glenn Beck is really missing the best volume in many years. It should be required for American History, World History, and Economics classes in school. I know what liberals espouse about Beck but show me any other show where every statement is backed up with proof and a plea to do your own checking to prove what he says. We would have fallen into the Communist trap well before now if Beck hadnt come on the scene and outed the Obama administrations election team as well as past and current advisors and sponsors.

November 11 2010 at 11:53 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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Good for you, parthenon 1. If it weren't for FOX News many of us, actually more than the "progressives" will admit, would not watch news programs at all. I do try to expand to the MSNBC, etc., news broadcast at times but the sniveling, sarcastic, eurotrash delivery keeps my attempt to be fair short lived and leads me right back to "Fair and Balanced" Fox News. By the way, Fox News is the default channel on my main Television set.

November 11 2010 at 3:38 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply