Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lou Dobbs: Liar

Lou Dobbs has sometimes had a shaky relationship with the truth, especially when it comes to issues relating to immigration. Who can forget his completely false report that undocumented immigrants infected with leprosy were flooding over the border? He also has demonstrated some shocking affinities for the far-right. Remember Dobb's support for the "birthers" or the many times he has given racists a forum?

Now Dobbs has latched onto a new far-right conspiracy theory. In a recent interview, his guest claimed and Dobbs agreed that Cass Sunstein, whom the president has appointed to serve as the head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, will in fact be a "regulatory czar over guns", and that he intends to make all hunting illegal and give animals the right to sue humans. I kid you not.

David Neiwert, writing at Crooks and Liars, points out that, not only is none of this true, it also plays into the paranoia of the dangerous and well-armed militant wing of the gun rights movement. Dobbs promotion of these falsehoods is not only poor journalism, it's the height of irresponsibility in that it's bound to rile up the subculture that has already committed several acts of violence out of a misguided fear that the federal government would soon be confiscating their guns.

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