Dobbsâ€™s rabidness provokes his critics. Not long ago, the Times columnist Thomas Friedman told a law-school audience, â€œAnd then you have a blithering idiot like Lou Dobbs, in my view, whoâ€™s using the platform of CNN in a news frame. . . . This is not news. And so we have a political class not making sense of the world for people and thatâ€™s why the public . . . is so agitated.â€ The Economist said that one might expect â€œCNNâ€™s flagship business-news programme . . . to strive for economic literacy,â€ but, instead, Dobbs greets â€œevery announcement of lost jobs as akin to a terrorist assaultâ€; The Nation accused him of â€œhysteria and jingoismâ€; the Southern Poverty Law Center said that Dobbs â€œfailed to present mounting and persistent evidence of anti-Hispanic racismâ€ in his reports on anti-immigration groups like the Minutemen; one Hispanic group urged Time Warner to take Dobbs off the air.
In his new book, Dobbs says of Friedman, â€œHis name calling would bother me more if he were anything more than a tool of international corporatism and a card-carrying member of his own Flat Earth Society.