That's one of my favorite George Constanza quips from Seinfeld and I was reminded of it when Leslie Stahl interviewed "journalist" Lou Dobbs on last night's Sixty Minutes:



One of the issues he tackles relentlessly is illegal immigration. And
on that, his critics say, his advocacy can get in the way of the facts.



Following a report on illegal immigrants carrying diseases into the
U.S., one of the correspondents on his show, Christine Romans, told
Dobbs that there have been 7,000 cases of leprosy in the U.S. in the
past three years.



60 Minutes checked that and found a report issued by
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, saying that 7,000 is
the number of leprosy cases over the last 30 years, not the past three.
The report also says that nobody knows how many of those cases involve
illegal immigrants.



"We went to try and check that number, 7,000.  We can't...," Stahl says.



"Well, I can tell you this.  If we reported it, it's a fact," Dobbs replies.



"You can't tell me that. You did report it," Stahl says.



"I just did," Dobbs says.



"How can you guarantee that to me?" Stahl asks.



 



Says Dobbs, "Because I'm the managing editor. And that's the way we do business. We don't make up numbers, Lesley."



Lovely. CNN - You're the most "trusted" name in news. Isn't it time to fire Mr. Dobbs and reclaim your reputation for journalistic integrity?