Fox Business Eying Lou Dobbs

Fox Business Network is eying CNN host Lou Dobbs, the New York Times' Brian Stelter reports.

Stelter merely mentions the news midway through his article on the ongoing battle between the White House and Fox News:

Certainly, Fox continues to aggressively bolster its on-air talent, most recently with the hiring of John Stossel, the libertarian investigative journalist from ABC News, for its spin-off channel, Fox Business. The business channel is also keen on another administration critic, Lou Dobbs, who met for dinner with Mr. Ailes last month, according to two people with direct knowledge of the meeting.

Fox Business, as Stelter mentions, has been boosting its profile of late, most notably by simulcasting Don Imus' radio program weekday mornings from 6-9 AM. The addition of Stossel will bring another brand-name journalist to the fledgling network.

Dobbs has drawn negative attention over his promotion of the "birthers" issue, which has caused headaches for CNN executives eager to promote their network's nonpartisan stance.

In the 1980s, Dobbs was CNN's first chief economics correspondent, and he was the founder of CNN fn, CNN's financial news network.