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- March 21, 2000

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  • Newsweek, March 12, 2000, "Dr. Laura, Talk Radio Celebrity"
  • Time Magazine, March 20, 2000, "Dr. Laura, Heal Thyself"
  • Entertainment Weekly, March 17, 2000, "A proposed Dr. Laura TV show outrages gay activists"
  • Associated Press, March 11, 2000
  • LA Times, March 11, 2000
  • People Magazine - March, 20 2000 - HEAT WAVES Radio Provocateur Dr. Laura Schlessinger Raises a Ruckus with Controversial Talk About Gays
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Criticism sends ‘Dr.' Laura into a tizzy," March 8, 2000
  • New York Daily News, "Gay groups turning up the heat on radio host Schlessinger," March 8, 2000
  • New York Post, March 7, 2000 "No one spared as radio shrink boils over"
  • New York Times, "Gay Groups Campaign Against Radio Hostīs Plan for a TV Show" March 6, 2000
  • San Francisco Chronicle, "Dr. Laura Talk Show Provokes Backlash," March 4, 2000
  • Channel 2000, "Gay Activists Step Up Dr. Laura Campaign," March 4, 2000
  • TVSPY.COM, March 3, 2000
  • PoliticsOnline.com, "Activists Go Online to Stop Dr. Laura," March 3, 2000
  • Los Angeles Times, "Site-ing Dr. Laura," March 2, 2000
  • USA Today, "Talk show host's TV spot sparks a protest site," March 2, 2000
  • CNN, March 2, 2000
  • Access Hollywood, March 2, 2000
  • Salon, "StopDrLaura.com," March 1, 2000
  • BBC Radio, March 1, 2000
  • CNet Radio, March 1, 2000
  • Potomac Tech Wire, March 1, 2000
  • Southern Voice, "'Frasier' Producer Slams Paramount on Dr. Laura," Feb. 24, 2000
  • O'Reilly Factor, FOX News, Feb. 18, 2000
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STATEMENT FROM STOPDRLAURA.COM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 11, 2000
Alan Klein (646)-486-1910

DR. LAURA SUGGESTED YOUNG GIRL BE SACRIFICED, PUT UP FOR ADOPTION
- Paramount Star Says First Amendment "Does Not Extend to All Speech"
- Who else must she attack before Paramount gets the picture?

StopDrLaura.com 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.''

Schlessinger 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."

StopDrLaura.com has confirmed the veracity of the story with Hartford Courant report Amy Pagnozzi.

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.

Schlessinger 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 it objectionable."

"Is Paramount 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 on me."

StopDrLaura.com 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 10:30 a.m.

Contact: Alan Klein, alanklein@earthlink.net, (646)-486-1910

[The young girl's full name is being withheld to shield her from further trauma.]