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CNN PAID Lou Dobbs $$ 8 MILLION in severance

 
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CNN 'wanted him out'

By MICHAEL SHAIN

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Last Updated: 12:41 PM, November 16, 2009


CNN was so sick of Lou Dobbs, it gave him an $8 million severance package to leave, The Post has learned.

"They wanted him out," according to a source.

Dobbs, who a source said had a year and a half to go on his $12 million contract, shocked viewers last Wednesday by announcing he was quitting.

CNN boss Jonathan Klein and Dobbs, 64, had been publicly feuding over the kind of reporting Dobbs was doing on his show -- especially stories about illegal immigration and the anti-Obama "birther" movement, which contends the president was not born in Hawaii and is not an American citizen.


But it was not clear until now that CNN was willing to pay Dobbs so much money to leave.

"What they do is their business," Dobbs said yesterday. "I tried to accommodate them as best I could, but I've said for many years now that neutrality is not part of my being."

Klein long believed Dobbs was at odds with CNN's desire to position itself as an opinion-free, middle-of-the-road alternative to its cable news rivals -- conservative Fox News and liberal MSNBC.

Dobbs characterized his split with CNN after 27 years as "pleasant, friendly and professional" in an interview with the Atlanta Constitution-Journal.

But, he added, "I truly believe that it's also a liberating moment for me."

Dobbs said he is free to take a new job at another network, but said it would be "weeks, probably months" before he decides what to do next.

The end came quickly once the exit package had been negotiated, said Robert Dilenschneider, a spokesman for the anchorman.

Originally, plans had been for Dobbs to announce his decision to leave during last Friday night's broadcast.

"But when his assistant asked, 'Lou, do you really want to leave on Friday the 13th?' he decided to make it Wednesday instead," Dilenschneider said.

Dobbs is set to give his first TV interview since then to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly tonight, leading to speculation that he may be headed there. But TV insiders said such a move is highly unlikely.

Talk about a possible political career -- possibly as candidate for the Senate from New Jersey in 2012 -- is also probably overblown, friends said.

"He couldn't stand the scrutiny," said one colleague.



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Good.

Fuck CNN.
Fox will probably pick him up and his ratings will skyrocket.
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Hes got books and books to write
and personal appearances!


he is better off doing exactly what Sarah Palin is doing

get out among the people PERSONALLY
so your words arent re-arranged by the MEDIA

build your base handshake by handshake
then bit the national office threshold!

GOOD JOB LOU

and

GOOD LUCK !

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CNN 'wanted him out'

By MICHAEL SHAIN

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Last Updated: 12:41 PM, November 16, 2009


CNN was so sick of Lou Dobbs, it gave him an $8 million severance package to leave, The Post has learned.

"They wanted him out," according to a source.

Dobbs, who a source said had a year and a half to go on his $12 million contract, shocked viewers last Wednesday by announcing he was quitting.

CNN boss Jonathan Klein and Dobbs, 64, had been publicly feuding over the kind of reporting Dobbs was doing on his show -- especially stories about illegal immigration and the anti-Obama "birther" movement, which contends the president was not born in Hawaii and is not an American citizen.


But it was not clear until now that CNN was willing to pay Dobbs so much money to leave.

"What they do is their business," Dobbs said yesterday. "I tried to accommodate them as best I could, but I've said for many years now that neutrality is not part of my being."

Klein long believed Dobbs was at odds with CNN's desire to position itself as an opinion-free, middle-of-the-road alternative to its cable news rivals -- conservative Fox News and liberal MSNBC.

Dobbs characterized his split with CNN after 27 years as "pleasant, friendly and professional" in an interview with the Atlanta Constitution-Journal.

But, he added, "I truly believe that it's also a liberating moment for me."

Dobbs said he is free to take a new job at another network, but said it would be "weeks, probably months" before he decides what to do next.

The end came quickly once the exit package had been negotiated, said Robert Dilenschneider, a spokesman for the anchorman.

Originally, plans had been for Dobbs to announce his decision to leave during last Friday night's broadcast.

"But when his assistant asked, 'Lou, do you really want to leave on Friday the 13th?' he decided to make it Wednesday instead," Dilenschneider said.

Dobbs is set to give his first TV interview since then to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly tonight, leading to speculation that he may be headed there. But TV insiders said such a move is highly unlikely.

Talk about a possible political career -- possibly as candidate for the Senate from New Jersey in 2012 -- is also probably overblown, friends said.

"He couldn't stand the scrutiny," said one colleague.



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good for him
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Hes got books and books to write
and personal appearances!


he is better off doing exactly what Sarah Palin is doing

get out among the people PERSONALLY
so your words arent re-arranged by the MEDIA

build your base handshake by handshake
then bit the national office threshold!

GOOD JOB LOU

and

GOOD LUCK !

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s226
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Who says crime doesn't pay?
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CNN couldn't have a person that speaks the truth in their company. This looks very bad for them. The illuminated ones (lol) were very displeased with this, he was getting people to think for themselves. Not good when you are trying to control the populace. 8 Million is nothing for them.
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Silly rabbits, lou dobbs is one of them.

Yeah, there's a war on the middle class but after he tells us that there is, he starts off with his racist "wetbacks get out" rants that piss people off.

Some people get pissed cause they agree and want Mexicans out.

Some people get pissed cause he's acting like a dickwad.

Anyway, he winds up turning an economic issue into a racial issue. Drama, drama, drama, and people letting their emotions get the best of them. They forget about whose really behind the iron curtain and start fighting with each other.

Divide and conquer.
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So long fat ass don't let the door hit you on the way out amigo ! cruise
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Fuck the entire MSM!!!!!!!!!
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Its very hard, if not impossible, for a rich man to get to Heaven, especially those who's god is the devil! If he's so concerned about 'the people', like so many of the talking heads who lie through their teeth, why doesn't he donate his severance pay to the poor? He's gonna' make even more money selling his books anyway! Thats what 'scribes' do!
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It's been obvious Lou Dobbs, like Glenn Beck, had warn out his welcome at the liberal media CNN.

He was concerned about our nation which most on that channel and MSNBC seem to have their head in the sand. They can not see how liberal this country is going...going down the tubes. I guess it's true: Birds of a feather stick together.

Good on you...Lou!
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Fuck the entire MSM!!!!!!!!!
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+1
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Silly rabbits, lou dobbs is one of them.

Yeah, there's a war on the middle class but after he tells us that there is, he starts off with his racist "wetbacks get out" rants that piss people off.

Some people get pissed cause they agree and want Mexicans out.

Some people get pissed cause he's acting like a dickwad.

Anyway, he winds up turning an economic issue into a racial issue. Drama, drama, drama, and people letting their emotions get the best of them. They forget about whose really behind the iron curtain and start fighting with each other.

Divide and conquer.
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You're aware that Lou's wife is a legal immigrant from Mexico, I assume.

Debi Segura. That's her maiden name.

So his two daughters with Debi, Hillary and Heather, would then be....what.

Do you think we should just let anyone and everyone from anywhere on the planet come and live here, without bothering to follow our immigration rules?

Yes or no.
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Klein long believed Dobbs was at odds with CNN's desire to position itself as an opinion-free, middle-of-the-road alternative to its cable news rivals -- conservative Fox News and liberal MSNBC.

That is the biggest crock of bull! CNN has a full hard-on for Obama that they helped him win the election last year.

Go fucking fly off a cliff, Jonathan Klein. Like a good little Obama trooper you are.
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Lou Dobbs...+ 8 million.....CNN.....-20 points in ratings....

Money proably came from White House anyway...Obama's STASH...




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Good.

Fuck CNN.
Fox will probably pick him up and his ratings will skyrocket.
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I totally agree! Fox will pick him up eventually.
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Jay Leno said Dobbs is negotiating with FOX already.

Beck, Dobbs, Stossel and Rivera have all come over from the Dark side into the light of truth.

No one can live in Obama shit dust for long.
OBAMA - THE FASTEST FAILED PRESIDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY

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Silly rabbits, lou dobbs is one of them.

Yeah, there's a war on the middle class but after he tells us that there is, he starts off with his racist "wetbacks get out" rants that piss people off.

Some people get pissed cause they agree and want Mexicans out.

Some people get pissed cause he's acting like a dickwad.

Anyway, he winds up turning an economic issue into a racial issue. Drama, drama, drama, and people letting their emotions get the best of them. They forget about whose really behind the iron curtain and start fighting with each other.

Divide and conquer.


You're aware that Lou's wife is a legal immigrant from Mexico, I assume.

Debi Segura. That's her maiden name.

So his two daughters with Debi, Hillary and Heather, would then be....what.

Do you think we should just let anyone and everyone from anywhere on the planet come and live here, without bothering to follow our immigration rules?

Yes or no.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 820711


First off, I don't take it upon myself to say who's allowed to live where and who's not. I leave that thought process to the blind, pompous, unwitting new world order* minions who think they have that authority...who don't even realize that this country is owned by rich cocksuckers that don't even live here.

Anyway, you missed my point entirely. I don't know what dobbs' personal beliefs are. I do know that he is an entertainer and entertainers who are in mainstream media do as their told.

His part in this fiasco is to take people's eye off the ball. Read what I said again and maybe you'll see what I mean... but then again, you probably won't.

By the way, if the U.S. and the U.K. weren't out causing civil wars and turmoil in what we call 3rd world countries (so they can loot the natural resources while everybody is focused on the carnage), people wouldn't have to worry about invading good ol America in the first place. But that's another subject.

p.s. fuck lou dobbs.

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Jay Leno said Dobbs is negotiating with FOX already.

Beck, Dobbs, Stossel and Rivera have all come over from the Dark side into the light of truth.

No one can live in Obama shit dust for long.
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It would be a good fit for him. He's a very good journalist with some special issues he focuses on.

If CNN genuinely wants to be "middle of the road", he would feel limited there. Seems like it just wasn't a good match.
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If he wants his opinions out there he shouldn't be on a NEWS CHANNEL. Just like the rest of the personalities on all the media outlets. All of them should get the hell off and real journalists should be put in their place. But this is America, it won't happen.
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nice!
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so umm.. Trinity, when do we add CNN to the filter system. Time to maybe "Take out the trash.?"
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Silly rabbits, lou dobbs is one of them.

Yeah, there's a war on the middle class but after he tells us that there is, he starts off with his racist "wetbacks get out" rants that piss people off.

Some people get pissed cause they agree and want Mexicans out.

Some people get pissed cause he's acting like a dickwad.

Anyway, he winds up turning an economic issue into a racial issue. Drama, drama, drama, and people letting their emotions get the best of them. They forget about whose really behind the iron curtain and start fighting with each other.

Divide and conquer.
 Quoting: Mojorizzin

You do know that his wife is Mexican?
He has never called anyone a wetback, ever.
Why are you liberals such a prejudice bunch of losers?
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Thats why were in the shit that were in now, he's not worth no 8 million!
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Gotta' love that profit sharing plan! ohyeah
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They paid him $8 million to go away? Well, I'll bet the viewers will go away for FREE!
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CNN couldn't have Lou around because Lou doesn't play their race baiting divide and conquer game. While Lou seeks solutions, CNN foments hate.

Good for Lou.
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Lou is setup. You all are dumb sheep.
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like it's any of your business





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