Outspoken Lou Dobbs to Leave CNN .. Could He be Heading to FOX News in the Foot Steps of Glenn Beck?
Lou Dobbs is taking his highest rated talk show and leaving CNN after 30 years at the network. This was only a matter of time as I thing many of us saw this coming. Did the Left force Dobbs out of CNN? If so they may have created a monster. Dobbs looks forward to new opportunities. Hmm …
CNN’s Lou Dobbs stepped down from his controversial role as an advocacy anchor at the network at the end of his show Wednesday night after announcing plans to seek a more activist role.
“Over the past six months, it has become increasingly clear that strong winds of change have begun buffeting this country and affecting all of us, and some leaders in media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond the role here at CNN and to engage in constructive problem-solving as well as to contribute positively to a better understanding of the great issues of our day and to continue to do so in the most honest and direct language possible,” Dobbs said during his 7 p.m. broadcast.
Dobbs, 64, said he had discussed the issue with CNN President Jonathan Klein, who had agreed to a release from his contract “that will enable me to pursue new opportunities.”
New opportunities? You mean like heading to FOX News? So what will be in store for Dobbs future? NewsBusters asks the question whether Dobbs was forced out of CNN by liberal forces? If so, it might be just the worse thing that liberals ever did. LIBS, do not ask for things, they might come true. No one watches CNN anymore. However, if as speculated Dobbs lands on FOX News, he will become an instant ratings success much like when Beck left HLN and landed on FOX.
Hot Air seems to be asking similar questions and has the VIDEO of Dobbs’ farewell speech. What did Dobbs mean by the following: Some leaders in the media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond my role here at CNN and engage in constructive problem-solving. However, if Dobbs heads to Fox ala Glenn Beck … one thing is for certain. He will be seen by more folks than had watched him on CNN. What is this larger role that Dobbs is referring to?
Transcript from Nov. 11 broadcast below:
Tonight I want to turn to a personal note, if I may, and address a matter that has raised some curiosity. This will be my last broadcast here on CNN, where I’ve worked for most of the past 30 years, and where I have many friends and colleagues whom I admire deeply and respect greatly.
I’m the last of the original anchors here on CNN and I’m proud to have had the privilege to helping to build the world’s first news network. I’m grateful for the many opportunities that CNN has given me over the many years. I’ve tried to reciprocate with a full measure of my ability.
Over the past six months it’s become increasingly clear that strong winds of change have begun buffeting this country and affecting all of us. And some leaders in media, and in politics and business have been urging me to go beyond the role at CNN and to engage in constructive problem solving as well as to contribute positively to the great understanding of the issues of our day and to continue to do so in the most honest and direct language possible.
I’ve talked extensively with Jonathan Klein. John’s the president of CNN, and as a result of those talks, John and I have agreed to a release from my contract that will enable me to pursue new opportunities. At this point, I’m considering a number of options, and directions, and I assure you, I will let you know when I set my course.
I truly believe that the major issues of our time include — the growth of our middle-class, the creation of more jobs, health care, immigration policy, the environment, climate change, and our military involvement, of course, in Afghanistan and Iraq.
But each of those issues is, in my opinion, informed by our capacity to demonstrate strong resilience of our now weakened capitalist economy and demonstrate the political will to overcome the lack of true representation in Washington, D.C.
I believe these to be profoundly, critically important issues, and I will continue to strive to deal honestly and straightforwardly with those issues in the future. Unfortunately, these issues are now defined in the public arena by partisanship and ideology rather than by rigorous, empirical thought and forthright analysis and discussion.
I’ll be working diligently to change that as best I can. And as for the important work of restoring inspiration to our great free society and our market economy, I will strive as well to be a leader in that national conversation.
It’s been my great honor to work with each and every person at this wonderful network. I will be eternally grateful to CNN, to Ted Turner, and to all of my colleagues and friends and, of course, to you at home.
I thank you, and may God bless you.