CNN encouraged Lou Dobbs to leave the cable news network by offering him an $8-million severance package, the New York Post reported today (Monday), citing an unnamed source. "They wanted him out," the source told the newspaper. It had been widely reported that Dobbs had been feuding with network executives over his brand of "advocacy journalism." In an interview with the Post , Dobbs commented, "What they do is their business. ... I tried to accommodate them as best I could, but I've said for many years now that neutrality is not part of my being." In a separate interview with the Associated Press, Dobbs said that his departure was "amicable." He added, "I spent 29 years there building that company, and I wish everyone there nothing but the best, and they have reciprocated with me."