The New York Times reports that CNN anchor Lou Dobbs plans to announce on his show tonight that he is leaving the network, effective immediately. Dobbs has been the target of pro-immigration activists who launched two campaigns, Drop Dobbs and Basta Dobbs, aimed at pressuring CNN to “hold Mr. Dobbs to journalistic standards” or dump him altogether. Dobbs had become “a publicity nightmare” for CNN in recent months. His next stop could be the Fox Business network. Dobbs met with Fox chief Roger Ailes to discuss a potential position a couple of months ago.
In his departure statement, Dobbs — who previously mulled a run for governor of New Jersey — seemed to hint at a possible run for elected office. “Some leaders in media, politics, and business have been urging me to go beyond the role here at CNN and to engage in constructive problem-solving,” he said. “At this point, I am considering a number of options,” he continued, proceeding to lay out his view of “the major issues of our time.” Efforts need to be made to break the gridlock of “partisanship and ideology,” Dobbs explained, adding, “I’ll be working diligently to change that.” “I thank you and may God bless you,” he concluded. Watch it: