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Lou Dobbs leaving CNN

November 12, 2009

Today, Lou Dobbs, longtime CNN fixture announced he was leaving the network. Tonight was the last broadcast of the longest running anchor on CNN, here’s his video. Here’s the transcript from the show:

Tonight I want to turn to a personal note, if I may, and address a matter that has raised some curiosity. This will be my last broadcast here on CNN, where I’ve worked for most of the past 30 years, and where I have many friends and colleagues whom I admire deeply and respect greatly.

I’m the last of the original anchors here on CNN and I’m proud to have had the privilege to helping to build the world’s first news network. I’m grateful for the many opportunities that CNN has given me over the many years. I’ve tried to reciprocate with a full measure of my ability.

Over the past six months it’s become increasingly clear that strong winds of change have begun buffeting this country and affecting all of us. And some leaders in media, and in politics and business have been urging me to go beyond the role at CNN and to engage in constructive problem solving as well as to contribute positively to the great understanding of the issues of our day and to continue to do so in the most honest and direct language possible.

I’ve talked extensively with Jonathan Klein. John’s the president of CNN, and as a result of those talks, John and I have agreed to a release from my contract that will enable me to pursue new opportunities. At this point, I’m considering a number of options, and directions, and I assure you, I will let you know when I set my course.

I truly believe that the major issues of our time include — the growth of our middle-class, the creation of more jobs, health care, immigration policy, the environment, climate change, and our military involvement, of course, in Afghanistan and Iraq.

But each of those issues is, in my opinion, informed by our capacity to demonstrate strong resilience of our now weakened capitalist economy and demonstrate the political will to overcome the lack of true representation in Washington, D.C.

I believe these to be profoundly, critically important issues, and I will continue to strive to deal honestly and straightforwardly with those issues in the future. Unfortunately, these issues are now defined in the public arena by partisanship and ideology rather than by rigorous, empirical thought and forthright analysis and discussion.

I’ll be working diligently to change that as best I can. And as for the important work of restoring inspiration to our great free society and our market economy, I will strive as well to be a leader in that national conversation.

It’s been my great honor to work with each and every person at this wonderful network. I will be eternally grateful to CNN, to Ted Turner, and to all of my colleagues and friends and, of course, to you at home.

I thank you, and may God bless you.

 

There  should be little speculation on where Dobbs is headed. He’s been a lightening rod of controversy on the far left network, since he was anti-immigration and fiercely independent. Something CNN knows nothing about. Dobbs has to be going to Fox Business. With Stossel, Cavuto and Imus already of Fox Business, adding Dobbs will create a huge demand for a channel that isn’t regularly carried on the standard cable package. This is as big of a win as Fox Business getting Stossel… I need this channel.  There is only one other logical location and that would be Neil Cavuto moving out of his 3pm central time slot and Fox giving the afternoon to Dobbs and Beck. However this one seems like a bigger stretch.

Maybe Lou Dobbs leaving will help Anderson Cooper finally get an extra hour on his show to dish about Gossip Girl, High School Musical and fashion. Seriously.

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