Remembering Dr. Laura

The NYT reminds us of an important point. At her peak, Dr. Laura was only second to Limbaugh.

In her three decades on the radio, Dr. Schlessinger’s popular show — at its peak it was the second highest-rated radio show after The Rush Limbaugh Show — has come under fire from rights groups a number of times. In 2000, a coalition of gay activists launched a Web site,, and organized protests and boycotts across the United States and Canada in response to her comments about homosexuality, which she referred to as a “biological error.” They were also angered by her outspoken stance against adoption by same-sex couples, and remarks in which she said that a “a huge portion of the male homosexual populace is predatory on young boys.”

Dr. Schlessinger apologized for many of her comments, but many of her advertisers left her radio show, and a television show she started in 2000 was ended a year later. On the Web site Tuesday night, a headline at the top of the home page declared, “We Stopped Dr Laura.” was a campaign I started with a few friends. (You can skip the summary of the campaign, and go straight to the old Web site here.)

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