In all the shakeup at CNN earlier this week, the big news was that Aaron Brown was out and Anderson Cooper was in. However, little noticed in all the handicapping of the winners and the losers in this shuffle was a guy who got his time cut in half: our buddy, Lou Dobbs. His show, which is repeated at 11 p.m., will now be bumped in that slot by the aforementioned Mr. Cooper. One less hour a day of Lou Dobbs is a victory for free trade.
We of course find this all so amusing. Why? Because anybody who watched Lou Dobbs for any length of time — say, a week — realizes he does the same story night after night. So we think that cutting it by an hour is probably no great shakes. Fact is, they could show it an hour each year as far as we’re concerned and you’d get your fix. In any event, it is an auspicious day in TV journalism, no doubt about it, the beginning of the end of the esteemed Mr. Dobbs. Oh, sure, he’ll still kick around for a while, but this is the home stretch.
We know it’s not a zero-sum game (or maybe it is), but as we watch our blog traffic climb, we watch Lou’s viewers drop. Hey, maybe they’re coming over to our side! Or maybe after a few years of watching the same show over and over again, they’re realizing, to coin the phrase du jour, that Lou has at last jumped the shark.
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