And the Dobbsy Goes To….

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.

3 responses to “And the Dobbsy Goes To….

  1. I love it!

    Amid all the hate speech, we need a good laugh every once in a while.

    I agree. The hate speech and hatemongers are so ridiculous and outrageous, it’s nice to counter with a little tongue in cheek humor. Well done!

  2. This is especially for Michael Graham at the Boston Herald, Lou Dobbs, all those female PUMAS out there, their grotesquely disturbed supporters, and their collective surrogates in the media who’ve no idea of, or else cynically debauch what the so-called fourth estate is really all about. Who prostitute the news when they’re not actually making it up that is, and wouldn’t have the slightest clue of what analytical journalism is all about – because you’re essentially nothing more than mediocre hacks in a business that sees money and transient headlines-grabbing as the be all and end all of your pathetically sad and corrupt lives that are themselves spurred on by nothing more than the next lowest common denominator sound bite – and as a proxy thrive on smears, innuendos and falsehoods: lies, and downright ones at that, in other words. And that’s why I dare you to print this riposte to your consistent and paranoid abuse of the media and the intelligence of those like myself who read you only to familiarize ourselves with the latest shenanigans that you’re getting up to, so as to be able to counter them.

    What Michael Graham says in his transparently disingenuous attack on Barrack Obama’s pig with lipstick observation – no such phoney outrage when John McCain used it about Hillary Clinton – is the kind of remark that one would expect from someone who has a deep Oedipus complex. Did you actually sleep with your mother Michael? No wonder you are so depraved. Crying phoney sexism is always the last resort of the adult – male as well as female – who as a child has been subjected to physical and sexual abuse at the hands of a parent or guardian usually but not exclusively of the opposite sex and is still stuck in that distant time warp. And you are a classic example of this syndrome Michael Graham; while intelligent people like me from around the world, and most notably from the United Kingdom and mainland Europe, who’ve vigorously campaigned for and actually done something about feminine equality over many decades in which we have been involved in this crusade when it wasn’t fashionable in the United States, know what real sexism is. That’s why in Europe – from Britain to Germany to Finland – and even in countries like India, Sri Lanka and Israel we’ve had women leaders in our respective countries, while the United States still lags in the sewers of male chauvinism.

    All of these largely working class and clearly uneducated white men who now excitedly cheer Sarah Palin to the rafters and declare they will vote for her and John McCain in November regardless of their idiotic policies, or more to the point their obvious lack of any substantive ones as they simultaneously level their phoney sexist slurs against Barrack Obama, have you noticed how they always couch their enthusiasm for her with words like man “she’s hot!” Tell me Mr Graham, do you really think that such openly voiced phrases actually relate to Sarah Palin’s intellectual abilities or has anything to do with the skills she requires to run a country armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons and other WMDs in what is a very dangerous world, principally in that state of affairs because of the imperialist antics of the Republican Party and the stupid machismo of those Americans who support it? I think not.

    Furthermore, the United States of America has always been a white, male-dominated and white, male-run society. These white males were and are exclusively the sons, husbands, lovers and male relatives of white women, who have fucked with them, slept in their beds, cheated with them as Cindy did with John McCain, lied for them, thoroughly forgiven them for their indiscretions as Hillary Clinton and the terminally ill Elisabeth Edwards have done, raised their kids and cared for these men. And if after all that intimacy they were, or are still incapable of influencing these same white men, failed for such a long time to persuade these men to let them have the vote and, to use the current buzz phrase, see their chance to break through the supposed glass ceiling either blocked or severely restricted by these same men, tell me, clever clogs Graham, whose fault is that? Surely not Blacks, who were and still are at the bottom of the social and economic pile in racist USA; and certainly not that of Barrack Obama who against the odds has, unlike you, excelled at what he’s put his mind to and has done his very best to rise above the gutter instincts of the likes of you Michael Graham in the noble endeavour to create a better and more equitable America for everyone regardless of race, gender, social status, sexual orientation or religion.
    Let’s be forthright here, these are the very same men and women who themselves become the abusers in adult life and comprise the huge reservoir of most of America’s secret paedophiles. The same empty-headed morons who not only relish but also instinctively dish out whatever gratuitous abuse and violence they’re capable of because that’s all they know; who intuitively like to kick ass, and the weaker, more racially or culturally different that their chosen victims are perceived to be the better they feel – that’s why they gravitate in their mindless hordes to a like-minded and self-styled pit bull massif without any noticeable redeeming qualities like Sarah Palin; for that, alas, considering the parochial and unstimulating world they come from and blissfully inhabit, is all they’re familiar with and can readily empathize with.

    Who would have thought it let alone be able to convincingly make it up – Sarah Palin now hilariously acclaimed as a celebrity and rock star by the same people and media who before she unexpectedly and despairingly on the part of John McCain and Karl Rove erupted on the political scene, both saw and utilized these very terms as derogatory epithets when applied to Barrack Obama? And they tell us we’re in the 21st century. Yet we have a bunch of redneck racists and reactionaries, dumb bimbos and the like, who convince themselves that we’re still living at a time when their sort ruled the roost at home generally and the world in particular. Dream on!

    Am I the only one to see through the nauseating pretence of the yellow-bellied cowards, who for all their Nazi-style clamour and sheep-like obeisance to the puerile but nonetheless concerted, jackbooted onslaught and fascist agenda orchestrated these past seven and a half years by America’s neo-cons led by the likes of Karl Rove and Dick Cheney and that John McCain and Sarah Palin are unashamedly signed up to, and that have blighted the hopes and aspirations of many of the world’s inhabitants, as well as caused many millions of them to be callously massacred and displaced – that these evil clowns who don’t have the guts to spew out their one real reason for berating Barrack Obama, which rests squarely on their innate, guilt-ridden, paranoid and insidious racism (the huge but unspoken about elephant standing in the corner of the living room) now want to attack Russia: a country bristling with thousands of thermonuclear weapons – not new clear ones, the words that had to be placed on Sarah Palin’s teleprompter at her convention acceptance speech because she had no knowledge of what thermonuclear meant and couldn’t pronounce the correct spelling of that word. Talk about Americans having a death wish!

    By the way, the original Nazis ended up being comprehensively defeated by the victorious Russians when an overwhelming fascist leaning and German-sympathetic America that chose to let us British, our Commonwealth countries and naturally Russia (France had already caved in to the Nazis) fight the Third Reich and its many willing European satellites on our own, on the disingenuous claim of its own neutrality, just as both grandfathers of your incumbent president, George W. Bush, acted as the Nazis’ international banker and supplier of the lethal Zyklone B gas that the Nazis used in their death camps to eradicate Europe’s Ashkenazi Jews (those who no postwar US president can now run for office without sucking up to; how strong is the power of guilt!); that continent’s gypsies (who don’t get any mention nowadays of what also happened to them even though they’re still widely discriminated against); and those other unfortunate victims who the Germans classified as undesirables. And lets not forget to remind ourselves that the US only came into the war after the Japanese, allies of the Germans, had attacked Pearl Harbour. So you’re in superb fascist company America with a Republican presidential and vice-presidential candidates who’re also morally bankrupt.

    In John McCain’s case a well-known serial adulterer, groper and wife deserter; and from all accounts Sarah Palin’s private life is no better than his. In short, they’re both lying hypocrites. But many white American women who’re leaping on the Sarah Palin bandwagon can readily relate to this, since all the empirical data there is show unequivocally that 46% of them either cheat on or have consistently cuckolded their husbands or live-in partners, and some 39% of the children they produce aren’t the biological offspring of the named fathers. So what you have, in reality, is a lot of macho American men firing blanks or being purposely duped and don’t even know it. Little wonder then that Sarah Palin and John McCain for contradictory reasons are role models to these two specific constituents of cretins. Angered are you? Then I dare those of you who disagree to go have your alleged “kids” DNA tested. After all, you’ve nothing to fear but the truth!

    I served with the British Royal Air Force and had I crashed one plane, let alone five, in the manner that John McCain did I would have been summarily court-martialled and jailed for a very long time. What we detect in John McCain’s case is logic turned completely on its head. And for those who have selected memories, Vietnam like Iraq was an illegally waged war on the part of the United States, whose administration then as now lied to its own citizens about the reasons for starting it; and, crucially, a war you unmistakably lost. Made a POW, as John McCain was, for far longer than America participated in World War Two isn’t a triumph but, more exactly, is seen by all prescient-minded persons as an unmitigated failure to effectively carry out a set mission. Tortured when captured by the Vietnamese after John McCain and others like him from the relative safety of powerful, high flying war planes were dropping napalm and other deadly weapons on innocent and defenceless Vietnamese men, women, children and the elderly isn’t a position from which to claim the moral high ground. After, all what would Americans have done in a similar situation if foreign forces had illegally invaded their country and were doing the same thing to them?
    And if in the warped minds of John McCain and others who share his obsession with a false analysis of the Vietnamese War the Hanoi Hilton was an academy for honing his so-called leadership skills, is the same ludicrous argument also going to be advocated by these selfsame Americans with respect to the illegally renditioned and incarcerated inmates that the United States of America in open contravention of the Geneva Conventions, international law and the explicit condemnation of civilized countries worldwide holds in Guantanamo Bay, Bagram, Abu Grahib, and the other secret gulags and prisons that it operates around the world?

    John McCain isn’t very clever in general or, more specifically, intellectually. And had he not been the son and grandson of US admirals he would most certainly have been hastily kicked out of the military academy where he was sent to and allowed to “graduate” even though by his own lurid accounts he’d failed miserably academically and in all other respects. The man also has a vile temper and poor judgement: characteristics that are patently unsuited for some one aspiring to the presidency of a country that is a nuclear superpower.

    Here’s what the columnist Michael Tomasky of the British Guardian newspaper had to say about him in the Saturday 13 September edition of that paper:
    “McCain’s campaign is all the more shameful considering that he’s doing many of the exact things that were done to him by George Bush’s campaign in 2000 – and employing some of the selfsame people who did it to him to do it to Obama…But as the old saying goes, a lie can get halfway around the world before truth even gets its boots on, and so here we are.”

    And this from the Guardian’s editorial of the same date:
    “The overriding consideration should therefore have been to select as a running mate a man or woman with the ability and authority to take up the reins should they fall from Mr McCain’s hands. Mr McCain has done the exact opposite. Mrs Palin steered herself through her first interview this week with the nervous intensity of a well-prepared candidate for catechism who was nevertheless not quite sure of her ground on the sacraments. She is not experienced, and if she has ability it has been demonstrated only at a very low level. It speaks volumes that she is being kept from the press while being tutored at breakneck speed.”

    We’ve had enough wars in the past seven and a half years of the Bush/Cheney administration. Do we need more of them and this time instigated by the reckless actions and Rambo-style politics of a John McCain/Sarah Palin administration that could easily catapult mankind into a thermo-nuclear holocaust or Armageddon? Or are Americans, and not just their politicians, now openly showing the rest of us what at heart they really are – the world’s Fourth Reich. In which case, “Sieg Heil Amerika!
    British but unable to vote in the US elections even though the decision of you Americans will have an impact on the lives of the rest of us who live in this world I’m a Barrack Obama supporter, like many of my fellow citizens in Europe and around the world, because we all feel he is currently your country’s best hope to avoid a military Armageddon foisted on the rest of mankind. But part of me perversely wants John McCain and Sarah Palin to win. For I know that before long America will be at war again, but this time specifically on its own and with no coalition of the willing to help save it out from its self-imposed folly. And hopefully all the mutter f–kers of you in that parochial country across the pond will in your droves be sent off to fight and lose your lives in the manner of the expendable trash that you are.

    But somehow I don’t think that those of you, for all your jingoism and fake patriotism with regard to the United States, will be among those who’ll be the first in line to volunteer and put your lives in harm’s way. No, history manifestly shows that craven cowards like you and Michael Graham perpetually leave that for others to do. As we say in Britain, you’ll be quite willing to defend the US to the last drop of someone else’s blood.
    Professor Dr. Stanley Collymore London, United Kingdom.

  3. The “Dobbsy Award” what a great idea! Lou Dobbs is appeals to unhappy xenophobes who blame everyone else for their misery, All the while he bossts his ratings and makes money at the expense of what is best for the country. Call a spade a spade, Lou Dobbs invents facts and embellishes the truth to fit is agenda – get more idiots to watch him so he can make millions while his viewers are lucky to be able to afford a TV set.

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