May 14, 2007


CNN's Lou Dobbs Defends Claim That Illegal Immigrants Are Bringing Leprosy to America (Brian J. Levy, 5/14/07, Media Matters for America)

During a CBS News interview with correspondent Lesley Stahl, which aired on the May 6 edition of CBS' 60 Minutes, CNN host and CBS Early Show special contributor Lou Dobbs defended CNN correspondent Christine Romans' citation -- initially made on the April 14, 2005, edition of CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight -- of the false claims that "there were about 900 cases of leprosy [in the United States] for 40 years," and that "[t]here have been 7,000 in the past three years." The day after the 60 Minutes interview, during the May 7 edition of Lou Dobbs Tonight, Dobbs and Romans again defended the claims, with Romans attributing them to the late "Dr. Madeleine Cosman" (who did not have a medical degree but, rather, a Ph.D. in English and comparative literature). In fact, according to the National Hansen's Disease Program (NHDP) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), there have been just 431 reported cases of Hansen's disease, or leprosy, over the "past three years." The NHDP reported 8,490 cases of Hansen's disease from 1966 to 2005, as compared with Cosman's claim in a 2005 article that "in 40 years ... 900 people were afflicted." Cosman appears to have derived her false claim by misinterpreting a February 18, 2003, New York Times article.

And they use Christian babies to make their tortillas....

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 14, 2007 8:39 AM

I think he's really afraid of getting "Mexicooties."

Posted by: Mike Morley at May 14, 2007 11:00 AM

It's unfortunate that the demonization of Hitler has rendered him useless as a cautionary tale for practical purposes. By calling Lou Dobbs, or VDare, "fascist," one risks marginalizing oneself by sounding too extreme. And yet people need to understand that the evil Lou Dobbs represents is basically the same fusion of nationalism and socialism that our boys went to fight against in 1941, or in Yugoslavia in the 1990s. In a more moderate form, of course. For now.

Posted by: Nathan Smith at May 14, 2007 11:37 AM

Hitler and they aren't fascist, just nationalist.

Posted by: oj at May 14, 2007 1:10 PM

Lou Dobbs is a ranting twit with a nice time slot.

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 14, 2007 3:38 PM

Leprosy on the rise, isn't polio?

And there's that deadly TB strain.

Posted by: Sandy P at May 14, 2007 3:46 PM