CNN Heavily Promotes Dobbs and His Idea of 'Class Warfare'
With less than four weeks to the midterm elections, CNN is giving resident populist Lou Dobbs more room to trash the American economy, the Bush tax cuts, and free trade.
Associated Press television writer David Bauder noted in an October 10 article that anchor âDobbsâ weeknight news show will expand to seven days a week, with the two weekend editions presenting highlights of the weekâs reporting beginning Oct. 28.â
âDobbs is also anchoring three pre-election special reports: âWar on the Middle Classâ on Oct. 18, âBroken Bordersâ on Oct. 25 and âDemocracy at Risk: E-voting's Threatâ on Oct. 29,â Bauder noted.
But viewers donât have to wait that long for even more Lou. With an October 10 appearance on âLarry King Liveâ and an interview the next day on âAmerican Morning,â the business reporter has already begun peddling his just-published âWar on the Middle Class.â
While King is famous for his decidedly non-hardball approach to interviewing, Dobbs received a similarly soft reception on the October 11 âAmerican Morning.â
Anchor Soledad OâBrien began by urging Dobbs to give viewers some election advice. âIs there one direction you think politically the middle class is leaning or should be leaning,â OâBrien wondered.
Dobbs insisted he is frustrated with both Democrats and Republicans before slamming the Bush tax cuts âsince 2001, have all benefited, disproportionately, the wealthy in this country.â
âNot exactly a surprise there,â OâBrien quipped before asking Dobbs for âways in which the middle class has been underserved or poorly served by Republicans.â
OâBrien also noted that Dobbs also has a âlitany of failuresâ from Democrats in âletting down the middle class,â but didnât press Dobbs to enumerate any of those policies.
At no point in her interview did OâBrien cite any economists who vehemently disagree with Louâs assessment of the American economy, of the Bush tax cuts, or his desire to limit free trade.
The Business & Media Institute (BMI) has frequently documented Dobbsâs use of his program to further an anti-free trade agenda.
For example, in August 2005, BMI published a study that found that 89 percent of stories on U.S.-China commerce slammed the trade relationship, leaving out even token opposition to Dobbsâs anti-trade stance. The same study also found Dobbs often confused his ideological leanings for fact, asserting the trade deficit was âliterally choking economic growthâ even though the economy has steadily been growing and inexpensive imports have helped to boost the American standard of living.