Lou Dobbs Has A “Flexible Relationship With Reality”

Ken AshfordRight Wing Punditry/Idiocy1 Comment

Lou Dobbs reported in April 2005 (and repeated several times since then), that 7,000 immigrants into the U.S over the past three years have been diagnosed with leprosy.  FACT:  There have been only 7,000 cases of leprosy in the United States over the past thirty years, and not all of them are from immigrants.

Lou Dobbs reported in November 2003 that one-third of the federal prison population is illegal immigrants.  Way off.  According to the Justice Department, 6 percent of prisoners in this country are noncitizens (compared with 7 percent of the population). For a variety of reasons, the crime rate is actually lower among immigrants than natives.

He’s also provided microphones to nutjobs with "intriguing assertions" (Lou’s words) — like the guy who claimed that Hurricane Katrina was actually the result of eco-terrorism committed by terrorists.

Nice to see the New York Times do a number on Mr. Dobbs: Read Truth, Fiction and Lou Dobbs.