Posted by: reddiva | October 24, 2009

SPAM is a Good Thing…

I love it when stuff like this ends up in a SPAM box… that’s exactly where it belongs! I have copied this email verbatim, but I added the links to the proper places.  I also highlighted the footnotes they were kind (?) enough to provide.

Dear MoveOn member,

We’re writing today because you recently signed a petition calling on CNN to hold Lou Dobbs accountable for his role in promoting the ridiculous “Birther” conspiracy theory about President Obama’s birth certificate. Right now, the pressure on CNN is rising, and we need your help to make sure CNN answers for its Dobbs problem once and for all.

During the past month, our friends at have been running an amazing campaign called “BastaDobbs.” They’ve been calling on CNN to cut ties with Dobbs for his long history of spreading myths about immigrants and Latinos, and his promotion of extremist, xenophobic groups (Basta means “enough” in Spanish).

This week, BastaDobbs supporters staged demonstrations across the country to coincide with the premier of CNN’s highly publicized special, “Latino in America.” The events drew significant coverage from both local and national media, and we know their message is being heard inside CNN.1,2 Now they need our help to turn up the heat even further. Currently, more than 70,000 people have signed their petition calling for Lou Dobbs to be fired. Can you add your voice, and help them reach their goal of 100,000?

No one knows the impact of Lou Dobbs’ problematic rhetoric more than the Latino community. Dobbs perpetuates damaging stereotypes about immigrants—like blaming them for an imaginary leprosy epidemic,3 and wildly exaggerating that “illegal aliens” make up a third of the prison population.4 He also gives ample time to anti-immigrant extremists, even appearing last month as an honored guest at the convention of FAIR, a leading anti-immigrant hate group linked to vigilantes charged with murdering a 9-year old girl and her immigrant father in their home.5,6

At the same time that they broadcast Dobbs’ show, CNN is aggressively courting the Latino market. The campaign has been successfully calling out this hypocrisy, and demanding that CNN stop trying to have it both ways. It’s a powerful argument, and on top of Dobbs’ support for “Birther” conspiracy theorists, it’s making it harder than ever for CNN to stand behind Dobbs.

Please join in saying Basta to Lou Dobbs, and ask your friends and family members to do the same.

Thanks for all you do,

–-Justin, Ilyse, Anna, Stephen and the rest of the team


1. CNN Latino special avoids Dobbs, Associated Press, 10-20-09

2. “S.A. groups join ‘Basta Dobbs’ campaign,” San Antonio Express News, 10-21-09

3. Migra Matters, “A Look at Lou Dobbs’ Leprosy ‘Expert,'”

4. Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, “The Illusion of Immigrant Criminality”

5. Rachel Weiner, “Dobbs To Rally Anti-Immigrant Fans On Capitol Hill,” 9-1-09

6. David Niewert, “Minuteman ‘tactical’ leader/murder suspect Shawna Forde was part of the ‘respectable’ nativist Right too”

So, what do you think we should do?  Sign their petition?  I don’t think so.  How about we write CNN and tell them that they are already losing viewers and if they fire Lou Dobbs, they’ll lose even more!  Yeah… that’s a good idea.  Let’s do that!

Now, let’s take a closer look at their footnotes.

1. CNN Latino special avoids Dobbs, Associated Press, 10-20-09

This is the second paragraph of the article they quote (emphasis mine):

“Some activists have started an anti-Dobbs petition drive, and an advocacy group’s effort to criticize Dobbs within the documentary was turned down by CNN. This week’s special has left many Latinos with mixed feelings: proud that CNN talks about issues important to them but disappointed the network isn’t addressing Dobbs’ position head-on.”

2. “S.A. groups join ‘Basta Dobbs’ campaign,” San Antonio Express News, 10-21-09

This is part of the fourth paragraph of this article:

“CNN spokeswoman Barbara Levin said in an e-mail Wednesday the network would not comment on the “Basta Dobbs” campaign.”

3. Migra Matters, “A Look at Lou Dobbs’ Leprosy ‘Expert,'”

The response by Lou Dobbs when he was questioned about these figures:

“So Mr. Dobbs was flat-out wrong. And when I spoke to him yesterday, he admitted as much, sort of. I read him Ms. Romans’s (sic) comment — the one with the word “suddenly” in it — and he replied, “I think that is wrong.” He then went on to say that as far as he was concerned, he had corrected the mistake by later broadcasting another report, on the same night as his on-air confrontation with the Southern Poverty Law Center officials. This report mentioned that leprosy had peaked in 1983.”

4. Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, “The Illusion of Immigrant Criminality”

The quote they used in the body of the email is “illegal aliens”.  That reference is used for a person who does not legally enter the United States as an immigrant.  The article they quoted as “proof” was written in September/October 2008 and says this:

“While noncitizens now make up more than 8 percent of the U.S. population, the available evidence indicates that they account for no more than 6 or 7 percent of the people incarcerated for crimes in the United States, less than 170,000 of the 2.3 million inmates currently in our federal, state and local penal systems–not including some 30,000 immigrants in administrative detention on any given day awaiting deportation.”

These figures are from July 2007:

“Fortunately, a number of congressmen requested that the General Accountability Office (GAO) investigate and report information on criminal aliens incarcerated in federal and state prisons and local jails. The resulting GAO report, published in April 2005, revealed that illegal aliens make up 27% of the prison population. (The oft-cited figure of 12 million illegal aliens in the country means that they make up just 4% of the general population.)


Since illegal aliens are unlikely to be committing white-collar crimes, that figure likely underestimates the amount of violent crime committed by illegal aliens. Using the GAO report, Representative Steve King of Iowa points out that 25 Americans, on average, are killed by illegal aliens every day (about evenly split between motor vehicle accidents and outright murder).”

5. Rachel Weiner, “Dobbs To Rally Anti-Immigrant Fans On Capitol Hill,” 9-1-09

Check out where the link says the information comes from.  Let me show you where it REALLY comes from:

The Huffington Post.  I should have known!

The email and the reference they used lead the reader to believe that this is something Lou Dobbs himself is trying to stir up.  The article they quoted gives a different picture:

“On September 15 and 16, Lou Dobbs is scheduled to once again broadcast his radio show from Capitol Hill as part of the “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” lobbying conference and rally sponsored by the Federation for American Immigration Reform.”

The Federation for American Immigration Reform.  FAIR.  Remember that name.  In fact, they’ve already used it once under their footnote number 4.

6. David Niewert, “Minuteman ‘tactical’ leader/murder suspect Shawna Forde was part of the ‘respectable’ nativist Right too”
Once again, it will be a good thing for you to notice where they say the article they reference is posted.  WRONG!  It comes from

Here is the reference that connects the dots.  It comes from the same article that the email wants you to think appears on their site.  Once again, the emphasis is mine.

“Those upstanding nativists and xenophobes employed by the John Tanton Network — and particularly the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which was designated a hate group by the SPLC awhile back…”

And who are the SPLC?    The Southern Poverty Law Center, a leftist organization receiving funds from guess who… George Soros.  And so does

I think that’s enough said.



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