There is nothing more pathetic than Loo Dobs trying to lie his way out of the pile of crap that he has built around himself over the immigration issue. The story of Dobs’ hiring illegal immigrants to maintain his estate and care for his horses (prize jumpers costing in the six figures) was often alleged three years ago by MSNBC, but has now been well documented in an article in The Nation. Dobs, of course, has called for criminal prosecution of employers who hire illegal immigrants. The bloviator got the Last Word on Larry O’Donnell’s show last night and used it lie about his own record.
In the face of interviews with persons who were illegal immigrants at the time they worked for Dobs, the former CNN Blow Hard denied that he ever hired illegal aliens to work on his estate or to tend his high-priced horses. More importantly, Loo now says that he never said anything bad about immigrants. He NOW says immigrants are more victim than criminal, and all he sought was a reasonable immigration policy. And NOW (that CNN has concluded he is too biased to have a television news show) he claims he is working hard to find that solution. (Maybe he will get to be President after all.)
Amazing. This from the guy who salvaged his puny career by Mau Mauing the immigration issue into a highly lucrative national pulpit. He became rich and influential by demonizing immigrants (he never really seemed to care whether they were legal or not) and worked harder than any politician in 2006 to destroy any chance of an immigration bill that would solve the problem. (What would he do for a living if the problem was solved?) Remember, 2006 was the last year anyone gave immigration a chance of passing, primarily because the President wanted it done.
A quick Google search will turn up tons of bullshit that sweet Loo spread over the issue during the far too many years he was allowed to stay on the air. For example:
- He claimed the 2006 immigration bill included no border security protections. A lie. The bill included money for fences, increased patrols and a lot of other crap. These provisions were the only parts of the bill that survived and became law.
- He claimed that illegal immigrants brought 7,000 cases of leprosy to the United States. In fact, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, there were 7,000 leprosy cases in the USA in 30 years, and no data connects the cases to illegal immigrants. When confronted with these facts, Dobs actually stood by his earlier, invented numbers.
- He claimed that Vincente Fox supported a Mexican radical group which claimed a part of the American Southwest for Mexico. Dobs said that Fox’s visit to the USA was a “military invasion.” (From a historical perspective, one could reasonably argue that a large part of the Southwest should be part of Mexico. We got it from them in an illegal war, the history of which looks a lot like Iraq.)
- He said the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce “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.”
- He publicly supported the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled a hate group. Dobbs frequently used FAIR as (his only) a news source.
- Dobs claims a million undocumented immigrants come to the USA from Mexico annually. The actual number is about half that, and not all of them are illegal.
- Dobs claims the majority of all of the heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine entering the United States originated in Mexico. Not true, most heroin originates in Afghanistan, most cocaine originates in South America and most meth originates in Asia and even more is made in the USA.
- Dobs frequently claimed that President Busch and President Obama had conspired to jojn Mexico, Canada and the USA into one nation. (Which is not a bad idea, but I suspect the Canadians would resist.)
At the end of the interview, O’Donnell asked Dobs if he was going to tell his Tea Party followers that he is seeking a reasonable solution to the immigration issue. O’Donnell also asked whether Dobs would inform them that President Obama has done more to tighten up border security than Busch ever did.
Of course, Dobs did not answer. He bloviated.