On his radio show today Lou Dobbs took shots at both FNC’s Gerald Rivera and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow for disproving his birther claims. Dobbs called Rivera, “severely intellectually challenged,” and Maddow a leftist lady “tea bagging queen who twisted his words.” He also called her a liar. Somehow, I don’t think Maddow is much into tea bagging.
Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:
Dobbs was trying to defend himself from the fact that FNC and MSNBC have been portraying him as a nut job. Dobbs said about Maddow, “Tea bagging queen Rachel Maddow over at MSNBC she wanted another shot, so apparently, she twisted, she tried to twist my words. She ignored my statements on the issue.”
He called Maddow a liar, “In other words, she was not being intellectually honest…By the way, she lied. I have never said that I am a birther. I’m not. I don’t know how many times I’ve said Barack Obama is a citizen of the United States. Why not release your birth certificate? What is the big deal with saying that? Good Lord all I am asking for is a little truth from the left, would you mind? Of course, it is probably going to be as forthcoming as the truth from the right.”
Here is the video from Maddow’s show that sent Dobbs on the attack:
Of course, Dobbs is a birther. If he wasn’t he wouldn’t be raising questions about Obama’s birth certificate. He using the old, Obama is a citizen, but other people have questions, which is a very insidious way to spread a personal attack without having to take responsibility for his words.
It is safe to presume that Rachel Maddow has had many life experiences, and it is just a hunch here, but I don’t think she has much contact with tea bagging, politically or otherwise. If Dobbs wanted to claim that Olbermann was lying about something, I could see that, but Maddow can get so fact based, she is almost dull.
Lou Dobbs should be used to people calling him a lunatic, so I don’t understand why this is getting to him so much. I think it is because if CNN competition keeps treating jobs like a mentally unstable joke, he might just find himself out of a job. Dobbs can hide behind all the flimsy word devices that he wants, but I think this whole thing has backfired on him, and made him look like a bigger kook then when he is bashing immigrants.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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