Well, if we've learned nothing else from l'affaire Dobbs it's that CNN is, at least, still capable of embarrassment, unlike certain other cable news networks. John Stewart pretty much single-handedly killed Crossfire and Robert Novak was (eventually) shown the door for his role in burning Valerie Plame's cover and cursing at James Carville on the air. What does this say about CNN? I have no idea. Novak wound up on Fox, Glenn Beck is another CNN veteran who has found his audience on Fox, and I'll wager that Dobbs ends up there as well. CNN is kind of like Fox's farm system now - they watch for the CNN talent who are clearly too batshit to participate in rational discourse, snatch them up and give them multimillion dollar contracts.
And let's not kid ourselves - Dobbs would be a perfect fit for Fox. All the local papers here in New York have described Dobbs as a "hardliner" on illegal immigration, and speculated as to whether or not that had something to do with his departure from the most trusted name in news. But let's be clear: saying that illegal immigrants are going to cause an epidemic of leprosy in the United States is not a hardline position, it is a batshit position. And whether or not pressure from media watchdog groups, Hispanic advocacy groups, and left-leaning bloggers played any part in Dobbs departure, it's probably in Dobbs best interest to claim that it did: playing the martyr card seems to be working for Carrie Prejean, and Dobbs is at least somewhat more credible than Prejean. Personally, I have things that I'd rather brag about than getting Lou Dobbs fired.