What's Dobbs up to?

An odd letter arrives from a firm representing the former CNN host

By Alex Koppelman
Published January 8, 2010 2:40PM (EST)

When I got to the office yesterday, there was a strange letter waiting for me on my desk. It came from the Dilenschneider Group, a firm that has been representing former CNN host Lou Dobbs, and it included some cryptic language about his future plans. 

The letter appears to be a form sent to political journalists who've written about Dobbs recently -- there was a similar envelope addressed to our Joe Conason also on my desk. That's somewhat unusual to begin with, and the content of the letter wasn't any less unusual. It didn't give much hint as to what, exactly, Dobbs' future plans are, but it did hint that he has some, and it appeared to suggest he might be doing some further walking back of his anti-immigrant rhetoric.

An excerpt:

You were very thoughtful to report on Lou Dobbs in 2009, and it appears that he will soon have things to say about what options he will pursue.

Lou has always been supportive of high levels of legal immigration so long as the federal government is enacting public policy that includes programs to assimilate immigrants into American society. Lou is working hard on solutions that will help illegal immigrants in the country meet necessary conditions for a path to legalization. He is calling on the best minds in America to work together to constructively resolve the troubling challenges represented by as many as 20 million people in this country illegally.

Expect him to reach out into the Hispanic community, as well as to other parts of society, to find answers and solutions to not only illegal immigration but also larger economic and public policy issues ...

Be sure that we will be mindful of your interest in Lou as soon as there is something to report.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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