Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Fox News Fires Lou Dobbs, Cancels His Show After He’s Named Defendant in $2 Billion Lawsuit


Lou Dobbs just wheezed on and on for months about election fraud on his Fox Business show every night. The former CNN anchor had a lot of crazy, outrageous theories about how Joe Biden stole the election from Donald Trump.

Then the election technology company, Smartmatic, filed a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit against Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Corporation and Fox News. They named anchors Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo, and Jeanne Pirro. Last night, Fox fired Dobbs. His show is gone. Poof! He carried their water, encouraged by them, and they killed him.

Just like that. There’s no honor among thieves.

Could Bartiromo and Pirro be next? Cross fingers. They were also encouraged to act like lunatics on the Fox News airwaves. They did what they were told. They should be fired, too.

There are no tears for Lou Dobbs. When I knew him in the 1990s at CNN, he was loathed. He was a miserable creature who tortured everyone around him. He used to dress down the anchors on CNNfn on camera in front of the whole studio. They were talented people who wound up leaving the business.

When he brought his shoe-polished head to Fox News, it made sense. No one else would have him. After an interim job with with something no one ever figured out– Space.com– he returned to CNN and became a birther. Yes. Lou Dobbs was a proponent of the fake news that Barack Obama wasn’t born in the US. He was ousted from CNN a second time in 2009.

Don’t worry about Lou. I’m sure he’ll wind up on Newsmax or with OANN or some other crazy right wing fringe organization. He’s 75, but he’ll go down swinging. And he’ll be remembered as a footnote in the saga of how fake news tried to hoodwink the uneducated viewer.

He’ll also remain a defendant in that lawsuit. Good luck with that.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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