OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy



Monday, November 27, 2006 :::
 

The People's Tribune

A very interesting New Yorker profile of CNN's quasi-populist business anchor Lou Dobbs. The introduction is just delicious:

Regular viewers of “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” on CNN, might be surprised at the venue that Dobbs chose for lunch not long ago: the Grill Room of the Four Seasons, a midtown bastion of the very same political and business “élites” that he denounces daily on his television program. The Four Seasons is the enduring commissary of the Old Guard, where Henry Kissinger waves to the former Citigroup C.E.O. Sandy Weill, there is limo-lock at the side door, and the regulars have their checks sent to the office. Dobbs’s Town Car left him at the door, on East Fifty-second Street, and the restaurant’s co-owner, Julian Nicolini, embraced him that day as warmly as when he welcomed, among others, Stephen Schwarzman, the chairman and C.E.O. of the Blackstone Group; Nelson Peltz, the C.E.O. of Trian Partners; Edgar Bronfman, Sr., the former chairman and C.E.O. of Seagram; and Mortimer Zuckerman, the real-estate developer and publisher of the News. Nicolini led Dobbs to one of five choice banquettes, and Dobbs settled in, looking very much at home.

The article is worth reading in its entirety. Dobbs is a fascinating character and is increasingly important in some circles (not mine -- I don't have cable). Can a revolution be lead from the Four Seasons? Or from a CNN anchor desk? Lou seems to think so. Or at least, that's what the ratings seem to be telling him.



::: posted by Norman Leahy at 11/27/2006 0 comments





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