Someone get Lou Dobbs a dictionary. He certainly needs one.
Interviewing the anti-free trade liberal Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) on his July 24 program, Dobbs told viewers his guest was "no protectionist."
Below is an excerpt. You can find the full article of my story at the MRC's BusinessandMedia.org:
“Senator Byron Dorgan is no protectionist. In point of fact,
he is calling for expanded markets for U.S. exports,” Dobbs insisted, praising
Dorgan for his “critical examination of what this country is doing to itself,”
with tax and trade policy.
But Dobbs is confusing his viewers, if not outright
insulting their intelligence by insisting Dorgan isn’t for protectionist
policies. Dorgan supports various tariffs, including one on foreign sources of
ethanol, a fuel additive mandated for gasoline by the EPA.
The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines a
protectionist as “an advocate of government economic protection for domestic
producers through restrictions on foreign competitors.”
“If Byron Dorgan’s not a protectionist, than I don’t think
anybody in Washington
is,” Dan Griswold, director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Trade Policy
Studies said in a phone interview with the Business & Media Institute.