A Miami-based Hispanic group is mounting a national campaign against conservative CNN talk-show host Lou Dobbs, urging the network to restrain what they call "his disparaging and inaccurate" remarks about Hispanic immigrants.
Jorge Mursuli, a longtime human rights activist in South Florida who now heads Democracia U.S.A., hopes to create a grassroots movement to silence Dobbs' unrelenting crusade against illegal immigrants.
Mursuli contends that Dobbs has blamed immigrants for a rise in leprosy in the United States, of pushing for a so-called "superhighway" of illegal immigrants from Mexico to Canada and contributing to an illegal immigrant crime wave.
"If CNN is, in fact, the most trusted name in news, we really have to ask them to hold Mr. Dobbs to journalistic standards," said Mursuli, whose group plans to launch an anti-Dobbs website, www.EnoughisEnough!.com.
The campaign is the latest backlash against the TV anchor. Other immigration groups have gone further, demanding the network pull him off the air for his conservative anti-immigration politics. Dobbs, whose wife is Mexican-American, is one of the network's most popular talk show hosts.
CNN spokeswoman Barbara Levin declined to comment in an e-mail to The Miami Herald. "We'll take a pass on this," she wrote.
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