Tonight the National Television Academy — the people who bring you not only the Emmys but the all-important Daytime Emmys — is due to give Lou Dobbs its lifetime achievement award. Our first reaction was that maybe it only seemed like a lifetime that Lou has been on TV. As we said in one of our first posts on Lou, Jim Glassman once noted about his anti-trade rantings, “You should know better, Lou — you went to Harvard.” Indeed, Lou is a Harvard-trained economist who apparently needs a little refresher on some basic economics. He also has drifted far from his free-market capitalist roots to a place where he now embraces wacky left-of-center causes. The distance between his website and the AFL-CIO website is nil in terms of content. Sprinkle in all the anti-immigrant stuff — and running the same story night after night in a mind-numbing drone — and you get yourself a lifetime achievement award. Maybe it should be called the “Lifetime Endurance” Award.
No matter, no sour grapes here. When they give a lifetime achievement award for blogging, we hope he’ll be similarly gracious with us. Here’s a link to a study from the Free Market Project which well documents Lou’s increasingly pronounced bias. Funny that he never got this award when he was a capitalist. There’s a message in there somewhere.
Somewhere, Susan Lucci is crying.
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