Dobbs Says Farewell, Cites Desire to 'Engage in Constructive Problem-solving'


This evening's episode of Lou Dobbs Tonight was the last, the CNN anchor announced shortly after his program started at 7pm. The outspoken opponent of illegal immigration said he's leaving the network "to pursue new opportunities." What those opportunities are, he does not yet know, or at least he's not saying. But there was this:

"Over the past six months, it has become increasingly clear that strong winds of change have begun buffeting this country and affecting all of us, and some leaders in media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond the role here at CNN and to engage in constructive problem-solving as well as to contribute positively to a better understanding of the great issues of our day and to continue to do so in the most honest and direct language possible."

He went on to list those issues (job creation, health care, immigration policy, the environment, climate change and the military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan), which he said are defined "by partisanship and ideology rather than by rigorous, empirical forethought, analysis and discussion." And wherever Dobbs finds himself in the future, he hopes to change that.

Lou Dobbs leaving CNN