Lou Dobbs: I Wasn't Forced Out

Ex-CNN host says he hasn't talked with Fox
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 15, 2009 4:47 PM CST
In this 2005 file photo provided by CNN, news anchor Lou Dobbs sits on the set of his show, "Lou Dobs Tonight," in New York.   (MARK HILL)

(Newser) – Lou Dobbs says he doesn't feel as though he was pushed out of CNN, where he worked for all but 2 years of its existence until last Wednesday. "I don't know if people will believe it, but we had a very amicable parting on the best of terms," Dobbs, who will continue hosting his radio show, said in a weekend interview. "I spent 29 years there building that company, and I wish everyone there nothing but the best, and they have reciprocated with me."

Dobbs' outspokenness had made him a political target and an uncomfortable contradiction to what CNN says it wants to be. "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," he said. "I have strong views about a lot of issues that are important to the country and I think are important to my audience."