CNN’s Lou Dobbs announced tonight that he was leaving CNN immediately.
From the Politico
CNN host Lou Dobbs told viewers Wednesday that it would be his last broadcast on CNN after working at the network for most of the last 30 years.
“I’m the last of the original anchors here on CNN, and I’m proud to have had the privilege of helping to build the world’s first news network,” Dobbs said. “I’m grateful for the many opportunities that CNN has given me over these many years. I’ve tried to reciprocate with the full measure of my ability and my energy.”
“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,” Dobbs continued. “And some leaders in media, politics, and business have been urging me to go beyond the role here at CNN and to engage in constructive problem-solving, as well as to contribute positively to a better understanding of the great issues of our day, and to continue to do so, in the most honest and direct way possible.”
Dobbs said CNN president Jon Klein is letting him out of his contract, and he’s currently weighing his options. Since recently meeting with Fox chief Roger Ailes, it’s been rumored that Dobbs may be headed to Fox Business. (A Fox spokesperson tells the Times there haven’t been discussions).
Also, Media Matters, and other groups, have targeted Dobbs for his immigration views. Recently, there’s been a “Drop Dobbs” campaign aimed at getting the CNN host off the air.
Going forward, the major issues to tackle, Dobbs said, are “growth of our middle class, the creation of more jobs, health care, immigration policy, the environment, climate change, and our military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
Dobbs would be a pretty good fit for Fox as the partisan divide in cable news has only grown since last November and Dobbs’ viewpoints mesh better with Fox than CNN.