Dobbs goes back to Birtherism

Former CNN host claims about "toxicity" from "extreme Left" on the issue

By Alex Koppelman
Published January 11, 2010 7:40PM (EST)

Last summer, then-CNN host Lou Dobbs embraced the Birthers, an event that may have hastened his eventual departure from the network. Even now, he's having trouble letting go.

In an interview with Esquire, Dobbs commented:

I ask a question, and I am attacked from the extreme Left as a quote-unquote birther. I mean, what the hell is that? When you can create a controversy by asking what seems to me still a perfectly commonsense question? It has been used in the extreme Left to create a toxicity that is just unbelievable.

That's a pretty ballsy thing for Dobbs to say. It's the "extreme Left" that's created the "toxicity" on this, and not the people asserting that President Obama is a liar and a fraud -- even a possible traitor -- based on no evidence save the color of his skin and the foreignness of his last name? OK, Lou.

(Hat-tip to GOP 12.)


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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