April 09, 2006

Lou Dobbs - Putz!

I have opinions. I have long pined that Lou Dubbs is a blowhard on the subject of protectionism. In his old age he surrounds himself with like minded thinkers and just sounds angry all the time.

- From my February 18th post -

Why does CNN and specifically Lou Dobbs take such a simplistic approach to outsourcing. Jobs moved from cities like Pittsburgh to California. Eventually all humans will follow the sun anyway. At least those that have a choice.

The people that start tech companies are young, unjaded and relatively simple. They have HOPE! Their businesses are rather simple to get going from a cost basis AND they are not covered in grime. Is that not a good thing for us and our children? All free cultures will end up consuming commodities and than the useless byproducts. We are all guilty of that.

What is most interesting about the "Web 2.0" companies represented at the parties is that the models get simpler and simpler and live or die in moments. It breathes or it doesn't and the young people that start them have the energy to pick up and start again if they fail. Further, they are basic lead generation companies focused on selling names to old stodgy companies.

If CNN wants to connect, they should lead into angry and irrelevant Lou Dobb's show with a high energy, no whine show from the teenager creators of wealth that keeps the country going right now. They give us hope - but definately not someone to hang out at clubs with.

- END -

He sounds paranoid. He left a cush job during the bubble to head up www.space.com. He came back to the cush job and fat contract to preach his paranoid protectionism stuff because he had his ass kicked in th entrepreneurial world.

It is like a soap opera the last 10 years. The story never changes, just the actors getting older.

I am sure he is a smart guy - maybe even nice. I can't tell if he is pandering to the demographics or just anti- business. Therefore, he is just an ass to me. Much like Cramer - a media sellout. Not enough like Oprah. We need more people like Oprah.

Brad Feld - venture capitalist, chimes in on Lou this weekend.. As always - good stuff - especially when he agrees with me.

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