Lou Dobbs continues to plan for a post CNN career by using his radio show to audition for a job on Fox News. Today Dobbs defended Glenn Beck calling Obama a racist, and attacked Color of Change for boycotting Glenn Beck’s advertisers. Dobbs said that Beck has guts. Beck may have guts, but he doesn’t have advertisers.
Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:
Dobbs said, “They didn’t mention any of the good things like going after Glenn Beck. See it was Van Jones’ group that got the bright idea to go after his sponsors because Glenn Beck said some things that he didn’t like. Isn’t that impressive? I didn’t hear Howard Dean get all excited about that, trampling all over the First Amendment trying to coerce sponsors of Glenn Beck just because he had the guts to say what he meant.”
Dobbs later said, “And there’s Van Jones saying well, you know, you said something I didn’t like, so what are we going to, we’ll just attack your sponsors. That didn’t work out so shiny for him did it? By the way, I’ve got to say hats off to Glenn Beck for having the guts to stand up to this morass of mediocrity, and pure, pure ideology.”
It is very amusing the way Dobbs glosses over what Beck actually said. Beck claimed that Obama has problems with white people and that he is a racist. He didn’t say something that Van Jones didn’t like. He said something that his advertisers didn’t like, and the advertisers have the First Amendment right to take their sponsorship dollars elsewhere. Beck’s First Amendment rights are not violated by the boycott.
Dobbs has embarked on a suck up to Beck campaign. Dobbs is clearly trying to cement himself as Beck like and pick up some of his audience. I also think old Lou is trying to get in the good graces of Fox News in case he ever finds himself out of a job. Dobbs also may be jealous and wishing that some group would boycott his show, but Dobbs has such a small viewership any he says could go completely unnoticed.