With the forthcoming cable-TV return of Lou Dobbs, lefty Western Washington will once again be held liable for helping launch two of America's more notorious right-wing bloviators. Along with Fox's blubbering Mount Vernonite Glenn Beck--who daily rewrites history and is currently recasting George Soros as Hitler--Dobbs was a respected reporter at KING-TV before dropping his anchor at CNN.
With his own show, Dobbs, conversely, went on to become CNN's anti-Brown. A populist birther (and later Tea Party fave), Dobbs was notorious as the Most Rabid Anti-Immigration Anchor Married to a Latino, though he now says he'll tone it down.
"I've spent time building bridges to all factions in that debate, trying to work toward compromise," said the man who Geraldo Rivera called "the architect of the young-Latino-as-scapegoat for everything that ails this country."
In an interview with Howard Kurtz of the Daily Beast (which, BTW, merged with Newsweek yesterday), Dobbs says he's taking a host's job with Fox Business News, giving up pursuit of what he thought was to be his next platform, public office.
I spent about six, seven months really entertaining a lot of thoughts, discussing it with people who were urging me to do it. My wife and I thought about it long and hard. It seemed clear that wasn't what would be satisfying to me.
Instead, he decided that "Fox is the perfect fit for me ... I've known Roger Ailes a long time, have the utmost respect for him. He is one of the smartest guys, period, not just one of the smartest executives."
Of course, running for office might have led to questions about his unforgiving stand against illegals and, on the other hand, his use of undocumented workers to maintain his multimillion-dollar estates and his stables of horses.
But at least it's all hanging out now. Going to work for the propaganda minister of the Republican Party brings to a close his career--here and elsewhere years ago--as a journalist whose prejudices didn't get in the way of telling a story with that "best-available-version" of the truth. Now he'll just be fair and balanced.