Lou Dobbs Brings His War on the Middle Class to Tampa Thursday
CNN just announced that Lou Dobbs is coming to town Thursday, stopping by Tampa's Italian Club to chew over the plight of the middle class in a town hall meeting featuring U.S. Rep. Jim Davis and 90 people handpicked by the show's staff.
I'm kinda surprised I haven't heard of this project before now, but Dobbs' visit comes at an interesting time. His ratings are on the upswing, thanks to his unabashed advocacy on issues ranging from the middle class squeeze to illegal immigration. Ken Auletta did a particularly piercing profile noting that the former insider business reporter's tycoon buddies all think he's lost his mind.
I hope to get some time with him tomorrow morning. Until then, check out CNN's announcement on the whole enchilada:
"CNN anchor and best-selling author Lou Dobbs will host a town hall meeting live from the Italian Club in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. (ET). Dobbs will examine the impact of rising property taxes, a higher cost of living and the trade deficit for residents of Tampa as well as the rest of the country and the middle class.
Dobbs will be joined by guests U.S. Rep. Jim Davis (D-Fla.) of the House Energy and Commerce Committee; Maryellen Elia, superintendent of Hillsborough County, Fla., Public Schools; and Ron Pollack, founding executive director of Families USA. Dobbs will also broadcast Lou Dobbs Tonight live from Tampa prior to the town hall at 6 p.m. (ET).
Viewers can learn more about Lou Dobbs on CNN.com/loudobbstonight, where they can offer feedback and ask questions. CNN Pipeline, CNN.com’s premium live news video service, will also air the town hall.
Weirdest Press Release in December: First Nominee
I just got this one, via email....
"Court TV and Al Roker enter the dark, underground world of the child sex industry. Al Roker Investigates: Innocence for Sale tells the gripping story of a young girl’s terrifying ordeal in the sex trade. “Tiffany” left her house to go to the movies on her 14th birthday, and ended up being forced into the terrifying world of child prostitution. "
Apparently, Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw and David Gregory were busy. So they sent THE WEATHERGUY FROM THE TODAY SHOW to look into this tragic, important news story...
Can't wait for Martha Stewart's gripping reports from Iraq...
Weirdest Press Release in December: Take Two
"BlackPressMagazine.com has learned that former boxing champion Mike Tyson has pulled out of a deal to "offer his services" at Heidi Fleiss' male brothel in Nevada, where prostitution is legal. Instead, Tyson has inked a deal to begin filming segments of Being Bobby Brown since Whitney will not return to the show."
I can't really add anything to that!