AP: "CNN's Latino Special Avoids Dobbs"

TUESDAY / 20 OCTOBER / 2009

From the Associated Press:

NEW YORK — CNN is airing a four-hour special on Latinos in America this week that ignores its own commentator Lou Dobbs, whose persistent advocacy against illegal immigration has angered many Hispanics.

Some activists have started an anti-Dobbs petition drive, and an advocacy group's effort to criticize Dobbs within the documentary was turned down by CNN. This week's special has left many Latinos with mixed feelings: proud that CNN talks about issues important to them but disappointed the network isn't addressing Dobbs' position head-on.

The "Latino in America" documentary airs in two parts Wednesday and Thursday at 9 p.m. EDT, repeated at midnight.

"Lou Dobbs is the gigantic anti-immigration elephant in the room at CNN," said Roberto Lovato, who is helping to organize the petition drive. "Rather than address him, they decided to just avoid the issue."

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