Liberals Shouldn't Be Shocked That Fox Business Hired Lou Dobbs

Lou Dobbs
Lou Dobbs

The only thing that's surprising about Lou Dobbs getting hired by the Fox Business Channel was that it didn't happen sooner. The conservative broadcaster, who quit his job at CNN after his strident opposition to illegal immigration and his questioning of President Obama's citizenship, aroused the ire of progressives and his bosses. Dobbs, who had spent 30 years at the Time Warner (TWX) network, is a natural fit for Fox.

The channel, which was launched in 2007, already has plenty of like-minded souls including Neil Cavuto and his former colleague from CNN Stuart Varney. Dobbs's hiring adds to Fox Business's roster, which includes libertarian host John Stossel, who joined the network last September from ABC News, the same month shock-jock Don Imus was hired. Charlie Gasparino joined the channel from CNBC in February.

"Dangerous Crusade"

As expected, liberals were outraged by Dobbs's hiring. Media Matters for America, America's Voice and the League of United Latin American Citizens issued a joint statement denouncing the move.

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"The wounds left by Lou Dobbs' CNN tenure have not been forgotten," they said. "He spent years pursuing a dangerous crusade against immigrants, and his last few months there were dedicated to pushing ridiculous conspiracy theories about the president's birth certificate. That style of 'journalism' may be par for the course at Fox, but that doesn't make it right. Lou Dobbs does not deserve a platform on any television network -- even one with ratings as low as Fox Business Network."

According to a statement from the News Corp. (NWS) channel, Dobbs will develop and host a new daily program premiering early next year. He'll also appear on a variety of programs to provide analysis and commentary on business news of the day. With the country's rightward swing in the midterm elections, Dobbs's timing may be good.

Still, Dobbs may have difficulty finding viewers. Fox Business Network is available in more than 50 million homes, far fewer than the 97 million homes where CNBC is available. Bloomberg TV, which reaches more than 240 million homes worldwide, is also a formidable competitor. It won't be hard for any liberals who want to avoid Dobbs.