Like Whitman, Dobbs has made lots of wasp Republican points by railing against and scapegoating brown-skinned immigrants. Like Whitman, investigative reporters have found that Dobbs has actually employed many undocumented, illegal immigrants as cheap labor at one of his enormous estates.
From Think Progress:
Author, radio host, and TV personality Lou Dobbs — who ended his long career at CNN this past November with an $8 million severance pay package — made his name in public life by railing against undocumented immigrants. Dobbs has always reserved special derision for illegal employers, who he says are “acting against the national interests, acting against the law in every respect.”
Now, a new investigation by journalist Isabel Macdonald for The Nation Magazine has found that the notorious pundit “has relied for years on undocumented labor for the upkeep of his multimillion-dollar estates and the horses he keeps for his 22-year-old daughter, Hillary, a champion show jumper.” Macdonald interviewed five immigrants who were undocumented at the time they were employed by Dobbs to do work at his “sprawling white mansion on his 300-acre estate in Sussex, New Jersey” and ” spacious multimillion-dollar winter holiday home in Eagle Isle, the most exclusive enclave of the Ibis Golf and Country Club, a gated community in West Palm Beach, Florida.”
I expect Dobbs will issue a formal declaration: “I had no idea they were illegal. They betrayed my trust. I don’t speak Spanish, so how would I know anyway. I thought they were documented, of course. I just didn’t pay them overtime because I thought they liked mowing my lawn so much.”
The Nation’s breaking article: http://www.thenation.com/article/155209/lou-dobbs-american-hypocrite
Dobbs: St. Patrick’s Day is an ethnic holiday, I don’t support it. Here
DemocracyNow! interview of the reporter here.