CNN is airing a four-hour special on Latinos in America this week that ignores its own commentator Lou Dobbs, whose persistent advocacy against illegal immigration has angered many Hispanics.
Some activists have started an anti-Dobbs petition drive, and an advocacy group's effort to criticize Dobbs within the documentary was turned down by CNN. This week's special has left many Latinos with mixed feelings: proud that CNN talks about issues important to them but disappointed the network isn't addressing Dobbs' position head-on.
The "Latino in America" documentary airs in two parts Wednesday and Thursday at 9 p.m. EDT, repeated at midnight.
"Lou Dobbs is the gigantic anti-immigration elephant in the room at CNN," said Roberto Lovato, who is helping to organize the petition drive. "Rather than address him, they decided to just avoid the issue."
Mark Nelson, vice president and senior executive producer for CNN's documentary unit, said the special is about Latinos, not Dobbs. Just because Dobbs talks about the issue on his weeknight CNN show, it doesn't mean that anyone else on the network who reports on immigration has to talk about Dobbs, he said.
If people feel that the topic has been avoided, "they should do that documentary then," he said. "This is the documentary we did." READ FULL STORY