LatinaLista — This week’s commentary by Lou Dobbs is titled “Give it a Rest, Mr. President.”
(CNN’s Lou Dobbs)
Funny, but that ‘s what a group of Latinos are telling CNN about allowing Dobbs to spew his opinions against immigration reform and undocumented immigrants, without giving equal time to the other side of the immigration debate.
And they have a point.
Dobbs doesn’t hide the fact that his show is HIS show with his opinions being passed along as fact. That it happens to air on CNN doesn’t bother the cable news network any because Dobbs “has the top-rated show on CNN in the 25-54 demographic.”
As we all know too well in this immigration debate, regardless of what side you’re on: money talks.
CNN probably doubts that a show hosted by Jesse Jackson and Dolores Huerta, two possible hosts for a show suggested by this new coalition, would bring in the dinero like Dobbs does, but it would bring the network something else that it’s been losing a lot of lately â€” credibility as a reliable news source.
Emma Lozano, president of Sin Fronteras, told Latina Lista that the groups called CNN the day before yesterday requesting either equal time on the network or that the network stop referring to Dobbs’ show as the “news hour.”
So far, CNN has been silent.
Yet Lozano, who is spearheading this demand with the president of La Familia Latina Unida, Elvira Arellano – the same Elvira who has been living in sanctuary in a Chicago church rather than be deported and separated from her son – said that Dobbs’ rhetoric is only distorting the truth and inflaming the situation rather than help find a reasonable solution.
It’s time for healing, coming together. You can call undocumented immigrants lawbreakers but look at the employers.
There’s no one in this country whose family has not been helped (by the labor) of the undocumented. Don’t yell at the victims who have left their homes because of our foreign policy that flooded the Mexican market with cheap corn and drove many of those people to the maquiladoras to find work.
We really need for democracy to work because public opinion is on our side but Congress isn’t listening.
The groups are not interested in just a one-time rebuttal to Dobbs.
As long as Dobbs is allowed to broadcast his show with no regard for accurate facts and a blatant biasness for his own agenda, CNN owes it to the Hispanic community and the basic principles of democracy to let a show, such as the one Lozano and the others propose, air.
High ratings shouldn’t justify the distortion of truth or the oppression of self-expression by a demographic under constant verbal assaults.
Otherwise, CNN is in violation of one of the most basic tenets of journalism:
Being the voice for all people.