LatinaLista — If the CNN special “Latino in America” accomplished anything at all, it’s hoped that it showed people that Latinos are not all alike.
The differences among us certainly come out in politics — some are Republican, while others are Democrat and in our viewpoints as to how sensitive we are when it comes to what people say about Hispanic immigrants.
That point was made very clear to me when a longtime friend posted on my Facebook page that instead of trying to orchestrate a national campaign to convince CNN to get rid of Dobbs we should be defending his right to “political speech.”
As someone who is a firm believer in free speech and that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I respect both my friend and Lou Dobbs that they each have and express their own opinion.
Yet, I can’t support someone who uses his national platform of influence to distort facts and create a false impression of a group of people who can’t defend themselves.
Because undocumented immigrants can’t speak for themselves openly, it’s up to advocates and others who recognize that Dobbs, a commentator who has become drunk with his own power of influence, needs to be challenged — not for expressing his opinion but utilizing his CNN show as a vehicle to spread that opinion as fact, when as even the CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl told Dobbs, even they couldn’t confirm some of the allegations he had made regarding undocumented immigrants.
Now that there is news that Dobbs’ house in rural New Jersey was shot at, though the bullet didn’t penetrate the siding of the house and local law enforcement says it is more than likely a result of hunters due to the hunting season starting, Dobbs’ rampage against everyone trying to force him off the air is bound to get uglier.
In the process, it’s the undocumented immigrants who will get caught in the middle yet again.
I wonder just how far will Lou Dobbs’ free speech have to go before those resisting to censor him will recognize that free speech is just as lethal a weapon if not used responsibly.