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Lou Dobbs takes on the media

By Lou Dobbs
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(CNN) -- I'd like to begin this new year by thanking you for watching. And thank you for your loyalty, your innate intelligence, independence of thought and concern for this nation and for all Americans who deserve the same opportunities that have benefited you and me.

"Lou Dobbs Tonight" takes to task Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives alike. That confuses some people in this age of highly partisan views that often define entire networks, and quite a few shows and their hosts.

Those who are most confused by our commitment here to the national interests above special interests are primarily editorial page writers, some columnists and a few media critics who can't quite seem to grasp that there is a nonpartisan reality that deserves to be reported and to be commented upon without partisan favor or pursuit.

The libertarian Wall Street Journal editorial writers can't tolerate my concern for working men and women in this country, and my disdain for so-called free trade policies that destroy American jobs, and budget deficits that contribute to staggering debts that may overwhelm our next generation.

The conservative Washington Times editorialists can't stand my concern about the health of this economy and worries about working wages that have been stagnated despite extraordinary growth and productivity.

The liberal Los Angeles Times editorial editors call me a protectionist, apparently because I believe in balanced and mutual trade, instead of trade deficits in perpetuity.

And because I believe it's insane to permit Mexico's president to determine U.S. immigration policy and the strength of our border security, the Los Angeles Times writers accuse me of calling for closed borders.

We're spending tens of billions of dollars to fight a war against radical Islamist terrorism, and the Los Angeles Times editorial editors think it's rational to have open borders? At least the Times deserves credit for also publishing Joe Robinson's essay of excellent New Year's resolutions for a sane workplace, with one exception. I don't want to be secretary of Labor. We thank you for joining us.

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