Sources close to Lou Dobbs and Insiders at CNN have indicated
that the legendary anchorman was forced to resign from the network
because his coverage was not "middle of the road"
or "opinion-free" enough for the network.
According to comments by Robert Dilenschneider,
a spokesman for the anchorman, CNN was so determined to remove
Dobbs, it gave him an $8 million severance package to leave.
CNN boss Jonathan Klein was unhappy with Dobbs'
coverage regarding illegal immigration, according to Dilenschneider.
The Network head believed Dobbs was at odds with CNN's mandate
to occupy the middle ground between Fox News and MSNBC.
Dobbs was also the target of intense criticism
from Presente, the National Council of La Raza, and other pro-illegal
immigration groups that petitioned for him to be taken off the
air. Dobbs has suggested that he is keen to meet and debate
with such groups now his schedule is open.
Just days before he announced his resignation,
was directed at Dobbs' home, with his wife just
a few feet away from the shots. The incident followed a series
of threatening phone calls.
Dobbs himself has described his departure from
CNN as "amicable".
"I don't know if people will believe it,
but we had a very amicable parting on the best of terms."
Dobbs stated in an interview over the weekend.
"I spent 29 years there building that company,
and I wish everyone there nothing but the best, and they have
reciprocated with me." Dobbs added.
On his radio show he went into further detail
over the departure form CNN:
"What they do is their business and I tried
to accommodate them as best I could, but I've said for many
years now that neutrality is not part of my being," Dobbs
said. "I have strong views about a lot of issues that are
important to the country and I think are important to my audience."
Speculation continues to mount that Dobbs may
take a job at another network, but the anchor said it will be
"weeks, probably months" before he decides where his
He has also indicated that running for public
office may be an option.
"I've aligned myself with no group, no organization,"
Dobbs commented on his radio show. "I am truly an independent.
I carry no one's water. I'm aligned with no interest group,
no organized political party, nor do I intend to be. I relish
being an independent and having my freedom."