Lou Dobbs: ‘I Was Stupid, and I Was Arrogant’
April 15, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Lou Dobbs is still an incendiary blowhard, in case anyone was wondering. GQ Magazine, for some inexplicable reason, has a 6-page profile of the former CNN ranter against “illegals.” Since leaving the cable network after nearly 30 years, under a cloud of controversy, with his increasing on-air extremism and birther conspiracies, the large-domed pundit has largely been satisfied with railing against the liberal media and “Barack H. Obama” (always with the “H”) on his right-wing radio talk radio program. But in recent months, Dobbs has engaged in an image rebuilding campaign, deliberately toning down his previous vitriolic rhetoric against “illegal aliens.” He now calls them illegal immigrants. But how does he explain away his obsession with birther conspiracies and other bizarre claims, such as illegal immigrants spreading leprosy? He blames it all on the liberal media. But he blames himself more for allowing the “liberal mainstream media” to define him. “I was stupid, and I was arrogant,” he concludes. And regarding a possible run for the presidency; he’s “not ruling anything out.”
His moves have all the earmarks of a man preparing a run for higher office. And when asked by GQ contributor Jeanne Marie Laskas, he didn’t completely rule out a 2012 presidential run. “I’m not ruling anything out.” We’ll see, added Dobbs. “I don’t know what I’m going to do.” However, he says his wife, Debi, is “probably more open to considering it than she’s ever been.”
But how would a birther conspiracy theorist manage a run for the highest office in the land? Even the GQ piece points out Dobbs’ “reckless” language:
“There’s little doubt that Lou is often just…reckless. Spouts without fully considering the implications, then finds himself stuck defending something even he thinks is ridiculous. Get Lou talking and you find he’s so much more nuanced than any of his ill-conceived sound bites.”
When asked about the circumstances of his abrupt departure from CNN, he remains circumspect, but couldn’t resist taking a swipe at his former employer. Dobbs says the network’s direction was “uninspired– and plummeting ratings certainly didn’t contradict my opinion.”
Since leaving CNN he has made multiple appearances on Fox News and reacted with horror at the suggestion of branching out to take his “independent” philosophies to other media outlets, such as MSNBC:
“Do you think they’d have the guts to bring an independent onto MSNBC? Are you shitting me? Are you kidding? Have you looked at their ratings? Have you looked? They’re scared to death,” declared Dobbs. “They have a corporate agenda. MSNBC is GE’s gift to the Obama administration! And please, give us some more defense contracts. It’s all good!’”
Despite his obvious campaign to soften his reputation of being, well, an extremist blowhard kook, Dobbs refuses to back down from his birtherism. He insists that his promoting of conspiracy theories that claim President Obama is an illegal alien, were a small part of his CNN broadcasts:
“I talked about it on TV for eight days. In nearly thirty years’ worth of broadcasting. That makes me a birther? Give me a break. I said all along that I believed Obama was a citizen. But if so many people were demanding to see the long-form birth certificate, why wouldn’t he just produce the damn thing? I wasn’t questioning his birthright. I was questioning his political instincts.”
He just wants the first black President of the United States to prove to Lou Dobbs that he’s not one of those illegals spreading leprosy, is all.
And about Lou Dobbs’ penchant for crazy talk? During a prolonged rant, while sitting with the GQ writer at a diner, he suggests that government officials recklessly permit conditions for a terrorist attack, because the number of lives lost would be insignificant:
“Why is there a border-security problem? It’s a calculated cost of doing business, that’s why. A terrorist strike? Oh, they think, the hell with that. They think, What does that take out? Ah, how many people does that really take out?”
Lou Dobbs for president? God help us.