Yesterday, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hatewatch” introduced a new award for all the spewers of hate speech out there: the Dobbsy. As symsess at The Sanctuary astutely pointed out, its kind of like a Dundie (shout-out to my fellow fans of the Office), but its for media hatemongers, rather than for office workers like Jim Halpert.
Today on CNN, Lou Dobbs kicks off his “Independent Convention” — his answer to the Democratic and Republican nominating conventions of the past two weeks.
We figured this would be a great time to introduce a new tongue-in-cheek award, to be given to “mainstream” figures — politicians, pundits, preachers and pedants — who make utterly false or misleading statements that have the effect of denigrating or defaming an entire group of people.
Naturally, we’re calling it the Dobbsy.
To get us into the spirit of things, we reprint here a short but unforgettable extract of Dobbs’ interview with Lesley Stahl (full disclosure: I criticized Dobbs in that same “60 Minutes” segment”), which aired on May 6, 2007:
STAHL: We checked and found a report issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, saying 7,000 is the number of leprosy cases over the last 30 years, not the past three, and nobody knows how many of those cases involved immigrants. Now we went to try and check that number, 7,000. We can’t. Just so you know…
DOBBS: Well, I can tell you this. If we reported it, it’s a fact.
STAHL: You can’t tell me that. You did report it…
DOBBS: Well, no, I just did.
STAHL: How can you guarantee that to me?
DOBBS: Because I’m the managing editor, and that’s the way we do business. We don’t make up numbers, Lesley. Do we?
I think that gives our intrepid readers an idea of what we’re looking for. Go out, be fruitful, and send us your findings. It won’t be long before we award the first Dobbsy. They say they don’t make up numbers. But do they?
I love it. And since I don’t have a pic of a Dobbsy and I don’t want to cop the one from the SPLC website, I’ve posted a Dundie just for fun. Amid all the hate speech, we need a good laugh every once in a while.