Lou Dobbs has announced on his show that he is to leave the network
with immediate effect with tonight's programme being his last. Dobbs,
who joined CNN at the very beginning, contract was not set to expire
until the end of 2011.
This will be my last broadcast here on
CNN, where I’ve worked for most of the past 30 years, and where I have
many friends and colleagues whom I admire deeply and respect greatly.
I’m the last of the original anchors
here on CNN and I’m proud to have had the privilege to helping to build
the world’s first news network.
I’m grateful for the many opportunities
that CNN has given me over these many years. I’ve tried to reciprocate
with a full measure of my ability and my energy.
Over the past six months it’s become
increasingly clear that strong winds of change have begun buffeting
this country and affecting all of us, and some leaders in media,
politics and business have been urging me to go beyond the role here at
CNN and to engage in constructive problem solving as well as to
contribute positively to the great understanding of the issues of our
day. And to continue to do so in the most honest and direct language
I’ve talked extensively with Jonathan
Klein — Jon’s the president of CNN — and as a result of those talks,
Jon and i have agreed to a release from my contract that will enable me
to pursue new opportunities.
At this point, I’m considering a number
of options and directions, and I assure you, I will let you know when I
set my course. I truly believe that the major issues of our time
include the growth of our middle class, the creation of more jobs,
health care, immigration policy, the environment, climate change, and
our military involvement, of course, in Afghanistan and Iraq.
But each of those issues is, in my
opinion, informed by our capacity to demonstrate strong resilience of
our now weakened capitalist economy and demonstrate the political will
to overcome the lack of true representation in Washington, D.C.
I believe these to be profoundly,
critically important issues, and I will continue to strive to deal
honestly and straightforwardly with those issues in the future.
Unfortunately, these issues are now
defined in the public arena by partisanship and ideology rather than by
rigorous, empirical thought and forthright analysis and discussion.
I’ll be working diligently to change that as best i can. And as for the
important work of restoring inspiration to our great free society and
our market economy, I will strive as well to be a leader in that
It’s been my great honor to work with
each and every person at this wonderful network. I will be eternally
grateful to CNN, to Ted Turner, and to all of my colleagues and
friends, and of course to you at home. I thank you, and may God bless