Tuesday, August 23, 2005 | CONTACT: Tim
Scheiderer (703) 683-5004
DOBBS’ CRUSADE AGAINST OUTSOURCING AND FREE TRADE
Glassman: “‘Lou Dobbs Tonight’ is a seamless rant against big
business and free trade.”
Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute (BMI) has released
a study revealing the overtly biased nature of CNN’s “Lou Dobbs
Tonight.” Covering March 1 to June 30, 2005, the study highlights
what many Dobbs critics have seen as an ongoing and blatant attack
on the free enterprise system.
“Lou Dobbs has become a table-thumping protectionist. While trade
can cause pain to some workers, lack of trade causes far more.
Imagine if software firms did not search the world for the best
labor at the best price. Consumers would pay more, and shareholders
would have less to reinvest, which would mean fewer jobs for
Americans. Dobbs and xenophobic politicians are out to kill the
goose that lays our golden eggs,” said James Glassman, a
resident fellow in economic issues at the American Enterprise
- The Outsourcing
Source: Lou Dobbs continues to be one of the leading voices
against outsourcing American jobs. He’s even written a book about
companies that are “Exporting America,” but he only told half the
story. He left out the 5.4 million insourced jobs that pay, on
average, more than the typical American job. Of the 69 stories
studied, 43 percent (30 stories) focused on the “perils” of
outsourcing. Of those 30 stories, only one mentioned insourced
jobs – and that twisted the facts to criticize U.S. trade policy.
- Trade Pact
Passed Congress, But Not Dobbs: The recently-passed Central
American Free Trade Agreement never received even neutral
consideration on Lou Dobbs Tonight. Seventeen separate free-trade
stories were devoted to hammering CAFTA relentlessly. None of them
took a positive or even neutral view of the treaty.
News: Dobbs openly flaunted his feelings, using the phrase
“so-called free trade” at least 34 times. In a recent broadcast,
Dobbs corrected himself when he mentioned “free trade” without
labeling it “so-called.” The man his network says “helped CNN
become the leader in television business journalism” does
one-sided news on a regular basis.
- United He
Stands: Instead of a business show, Lou Dobbs Tonight often
sounded like a meeting at a union hall. Stories bashed business
executives and relied on the unions’ protectionist view of trade.
Of 51 trade-related stories, 43 percent (22 stories) solicited
input from one of 11 different union groups. In 2004, Dobbs
received The Man of the Year Award from a “worker advocacy group
demanding that U.S. jobs be preserved first and foremost for
- Breaking China:
The July 22, 2005 Wall Street Journal noted that
“China-bashing has become a favorite sport in Washington…” The
same can be said for Lou Dobbs Tonight. The program devoted 33
stories to China during the four-month time period. Of those, 89
percent (29 stories) criticized American trade with China, a top
trading partner, and hammered China for everything from destroying
the American textile industry to currency manipulation. None of
the stories gave the other side of the China question.
- Unbalanced Trade
Account: Dobbs blamed the trade deficit for “literally choking
economic growth” but the numbers don’t bear that out. According to
the Cato Institute, GDP actually grows more quickly when the trade
deficit is “worsening.” That’s because imports raise the standard
of living for American workers and provide cheap products for
industry and consumers. This foreign capital feeds our growing
To schedule an
interview with James Glassman or another BMI spokesperson, please
contact Tim Scheiderer at 703.683.5004 x. 126.