Thursday, March 11, 2000
Alan Klein (646)-486-1910
SUGGESTED YOUNG GIRL BE SACRIFICED, PUT UP FOR ADOPTION
- Paramount Star Says First Amendment "Does Not Extend to All
- Who else must she attack before Paramount gets the picture?
has learned that only four months ago Dr. Laura attacked a 14-year-old
girl, by name, on-the-air to 450 radio stations nationwide, because
she disagreed with the child's award- winning essay defending free
speech on the Internet, according to the November 9, 1999 Hartford
Courant. Defending her actions in publicly criticizing the youth,
Schlessinger wrote: "The First Amendment is not the Eleventh Commandment.
Its protection does not extend to ALL speech."
In a sadly ironic
twist to Dr. Laura's "free speech" defense of her on-the-air attacks
on gay men and lesbians, the Courant reported that Dr. Laura "savaged
the child" in a "disgusting" broadcast in which she said the Connecticut
eighth-grader's support of the First Amendment as applied to the
Internet was "stupid" and "dangerous," and that "If she was my daughter,
I'd probably put her up for adoption.''
also went on to suggest that the child be "sacrificed," in the tradition
of the Incas who ritually murdered their own children, and made
references to the girl being kidnapped. Schlessinger added: "Poor
Sara [the essay winner] doesn't get it. When she makes her marriage
vows and her husband has sex with everybody else, let's see if she
thinks that this philosophy works."
has confirmed the veracity of the story with Hartford Courant report
The news of
Schlessinger's recent public attack on the middle school student
comes on the heels of a supposed "apology" Schlessinger issued to
gays and lesbians yesterday on her Web site. Schlessinger's statement
came within hours of the announcement that a coalition of organizations
will hold a protest at the gates of Paramount on March 21 to demand
that the studio drop plans to air the Dr. Laura Show this fall.
For the last several weeks, Paramount has been under a blitzkrieg
of bad publicity surrounding the talk show deal, fueled by the creation
of an anti- Paramount Web site, StopDrLaura.com, and scores of nationwide
ads sponsored by the Horizons Foundation, the Child Welfare League
of America, and TomPaine.com.
In her statement
on the gay controversy, issued March 10, 2000, Schlessinger still
denies that labeling gays as "biological errors," sexual deviants,
and pedophiles should be perceived as judgmental. "Words that I
have used in a clinical context have been perceived as judgement.
They were not meant to characterize homosexual individuals or encourage
others to disparage homosexuals," Schlessinger wrote.
used almost identical language only three months earlier to defend
her actions against the First Amendment's littlest defender. In
response to a letter of complaint from Connecticut Attorney General
Richard Blumenthal, Schlessinger issued yet another "apology" on
December 2, 1999 in the Charleston Post and Courier, saying "It
was not my intention to insult the contest winner, but rather to
forcefully disparage and counter a point of view." Schlessinger
went on to yield little ground: "I have read the full text [of the
student's essay], and I continue to find the ideas expressed in
really prepared for Dr. Laura to berate little children, gays and
who knows who else on nationwide television?", said Alan Klein,
spokesman for StopDrLaura.com. "How many so-called 'apologies' does
Dr. Laura have to issue before Paramount gets the picture," Klein
added. "Fool me once, shame on you, Dr. Laura; fool me twice, shame
and the Horizons Foundation remain committed to taking their protest
to the gates of Paramount on Tuesday, March 21, from 8:30 a.m. to
Klein, firstname.lastname@example.org, (646)-486-1910
girl's full name is being withheld to shield her from further trauma.]