Dobbs talking with CNBC

The former CNN anchor could end up going back to his business roots, if only for a time

Published December 1, 2009 5:45PM (EST)

Retirement can be fun, but somebody like Lou Dobbs needs something to do -- he's got to pass the time until he's swept into the White House on the shoulders of every right-thinking American, after all. So far, though, there's been no hint that another network had anything to do with Dobbs' abrupt exit from his job as an anchor at CNN. There were rumors that he was headed to Fox News or its sister Fox Business Network, of course, but those haven't come to fruition.

However, Dobbs has another option. According to the New York Times' Brian Stelter, who broke the news of the host's departure from CNN, Dobbs has been talking with business network CNBC, possibly about an anchor slot or perhaps just a gig as a commentator.

The move would make some sense. Dobbs' specialty was always business, and though he'd probably have to drop his nativist shtick in order to make it work, CNBC would be a good fit for him. Plus, a job there would give him at least some audience as he decides whether to try his hand at politics.

Dobbs better watch out, though. His early attempts to make the Latino community forget his long history of misleading and often offensive attacks on immigrants have been angering the nativists who make up his base.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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