In the past few weeks, we’ve been calling for CNN to drop their controversial, anti-immigrant “news show,” Lou Dobbs Tonight, along with organizations across the country.
In anticipation of CNN’s highly-publicized “Latino in America” series, many of these groups were also eager to see what steps, if any, CNN would take to address their own involvement in the difficulty of being Latino in America. On the eve of the “Latino in America” premier, CNN was protested by the very same demographic it was supposed to entice (national protests were organized by our friends at BastaDobbs.com and were covered by La Macha of Vivir Latino).
Many were dismayed. According to the New York Times:
One of the activists featured in the documentary said on Wednesday she tried to bring up what she called Mr. Dobbs’s “hatred” on one of the channel’s news programs, but that her remarks were cut from the interview.
The activist, Isabel Garcia, also said, according to the same NY Times piece, that “CNN was ‘promoting lies and hate about our community’ by broadcasting Mr. Dobbs’s program.”
But that comment, along with several others that she made about Dobbs, never made it on air.