Thursday, January 31, 2008

Major Hispanic Group Launches 'Hate Speech' Campaign Targeting Dobbs, Beck

Finally, finally, Lou Dobbs is being taken to task for his anti-immigrant rhetoric.

La Raza, the country's biggest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization has launched a mega-watt campaign targeting several newscasters and presidential candidates for "rhetoric that demonizes immigrants and Hispanic Americans."

La Raza, which includes nearly 300 affiliated organizations, will launch a new initiative on Thursday titled "We Can Stop The Hate," aimed at curtailing the influence of CNN's Lou Dobbs and Glenn Beck as well as MSNBC political commentator Pat Buchanan. In addition, the organization is petitioning for Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee to renounce the endorsement of Jim Gilchrist, a cofounder of the Minuteman Project, an anti-immigration group.

"There's a bully in the room," said Janet MurguĂ­a, NCLR President and CE, "and each of these candidates has a choice. They can stand up to the bully or they can cater to him. It is a question of courage or cowardice. To date, we have seen far too little courage."

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