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Re 'Lou Dobbs, American Hypocrite'

Racial profiling

It would seem to me that Isabel Macdonald is a racist. She clearly engaged in racial profiling when she assumed that the yard and gardening workers were illegal Mexican immigrants. I’m disappointed that The Nation doesn’t have higher standards. Using material based on mere supposition for the purpose of character assassination is what I expect of political journalism, whether it is on the left or right.

Dennis Menzel

Wauwatosa, WI

Oct 10 2010 - 3:48am

Re 'Lou Dobbs, American Hypocrite'

Mere gossip

Let's assume this "investigative report" had merit. I assure you it doesn't, but for the sake of argument, let's just pretend. The only way I can be sure that I am not doing the same as Lou Dobbs is to have a policy that no Mexicans are allowed to work in any capacity on anything related to me or my family. I have no doubt some people will come to that conclusion after reading this foray into high school gossip. Go after Lou Dobbs if you want, but try and come up with some concrete stuff—instead of insinuating that every Latino working around horses needs to be checked out. The Nation comes off much worse than Dobbs, and you have only yourselves to blame.

Robert Stephens

Flagstaff, AZ

Oct 8 2010 - 7:45pm

Re 'Lou Dobbs, American Hypocrite'

The horse's mouth

December 9, 2005, CNN with Lou Dobbs. Dobbs: "I support the Minuteman Project and the fine Americans who make it up in all they've accomplished, fully, relentlessly and proudly."

Marc Andersen

Bend, OR

Oct 8 2010 - 3:31pm

Re 'Lou Dobbs, American Hypocrite'

Question of fact

Thanks to Isabel Mcdonald for the article on Dobbs and for her excellent questions posed to Dobbs on MSNBC last night (Lawrence O'Donnell). A statement Dobbs made in his defense was something to the effect that it is illegal for someone, like Dobbs, who hires a company to provide workers for his estate (landscaping, attending the horses) to ask the company to provide proof that the workers are documented. Is this the case?

Catherine Renshaw

Odell, NE

Oct 8 2010 - 11:56am

Re 'Lou Dobbs, American Hypocrite'

In defense of Lou Dobbs

I have never liked Lou Dobbs; he seemed to have been CNN's response to Bill O'Reilly. His constant drumbeat against illegal aliens (when did they stop being migrant workers?) was fair and balanced in the Fox News mold. I happened to see his last show. He was reamed out by management during the commercial. I was glad to see him go. But you will only see small brown men in tan long sleeve shirts, long pants and hats doing yard work in South Florida. You will not see any "white" men working in the terrible heat and humidity of the South Florida summer, where the temperature often never drops below 80 degrees and your glasses steam up when you get in your car. My yard is mowed, edged and weed-eaten by men from Central and South America, and I do not ask if they are legal. I'm sure Lou Dobbs would not deign to talk to these people other than to give orders.

Dick Zaehring

Royal Palm Beach, FL

Oct 8 2010 - 11:06am

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