The Wheels Come Off Dobbs’ Hate Vehicle

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Mark Potok has the latest (HateWatch, 3/19/09) on CNN‘s “Lou Dobbs, the insult-spewing Latino-basher”:

Dobbs, of course, is known for regularly pushing defamatory falsehoods about undocumented immigrants–they fill one third of American prison and jail cells, they’re part of a secret Mexican plan to “reconquer” the American Southwest, they are largely responsible for a spate of 7,000 recent leprosy cases…. Even when Dobbs isn’t hosting his own show, his fill-in hosts spew such racist propaganda as the lie about subprime housing loans going to 5 million “illegal aliens.”

But Dobbs may have outdone himself on March 10, when he launched into a furious tirade against President Barack Obama, who earlier that day gave a major speech on education reform from the Hispanic Chamber’s Washington, D.C., offices.

“I don’t know whatâ┚¬Ã¢”ž¢s happened to this White House, but the wheels appear to have come completely off here over the last several days,” Dobbs fulminated. “Making a decision to talk about a national initiative on education from the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which is effectively an organization that is interested in the export of American capital and production to Mexico and Mexico’s export of drugs and illegal aliens to the United States. This is crazy stuff.”

Potok agrees at least with the “crazy” part, considering that the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in fact “is well known as a relatively conservative, pro-business organization that represents the interests of more than 2.5 million Hispanic-owned businesses.” Dobbs’ smear was so egregious that “the man who has in the past utterly refused to retract false allegations, actually offered up a ‘correction.'” But, while “it wasn’t known if that was prompted by his CNN overlords, the angry demands for a retraction from the Hispanic Chamber, or his own guilty conscience,” Potok is “betting it wasn’t the latter.”