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Media Matters: Lou Dobbs Defends Leprosy Numbers

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Published on Oct 21, 2007

in this clip from the Media Matters website, Lou Dobbs defends the "7,000 leprosy cases in the last three years" statement made on his show. Leslie Stahl called him on it during a "60 Minutes" interview, during which Dobbs states "Well, I can tell you this. If we reported it, it's a fact."

It's not.

The Center for Disease Control has reported 7,000 cases of leprosy have been discovered in the last *thirty years*, not three years. In fact, the leprosy rate in the United States is on a steady decline.

But Dobbs was never one to let the facts get in the way of a good smear...

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