I started listening to your program the first day that you started this particular format – that being without Alexis Stewart. I don’t consider myself within your demographic (I just turned 56) but I stuck with you and had actually started to enjoy your program. Imagine my disappointment today when you all decided to question and criticize Dr. Laura Schlessinger. Dr. Laura gives advice on the radio because she has her doctorate in marriage and family therapy. She’s not espousing opinions as such but facts… I find it amusing that Jane Pratt and yourself, both radio personalities, you a lawyer and she an editor/publisher think you’re qualified to give advise. I would recommend that you do away with that portion of your programming since you aren’t qualified unless it has to do with the field of law your licensed to practice.
…And Dr.Laura’s family was in the concentration camps in Europe during the Holocaust, she’s not a convert. You see, you have spoken too quickly about something you had too little facts about.”
and my response:
thank you for taking the time to write me. and thank you for correcting me about dr. laura’s jewish heritage. it was the end of my show when radio sean ryan told me dr. laura had converted to judaism (read: throwing radio sean ryan under the bus!) and out of time to research for myself, i took his information as being accurate. i appreciate the corrected information from you.
i also appreciate your OPINION (or do you deem it “fact” as you consider all of dr laura’s opinions to be) that i, along with my friend jane pratt, are unqualified to give advice (or as you wrote “advise”).
i strongly disagree with your assertion.
i believe jane is qualified to give advice. and i think she gives GREAT advice.
and i’m comfortable dispensing my advice when asked.
and btw, yes, i am an attorney. and i am also a published author who wrote a…wait for it… “self help” book called WHATEVERLAND.
it is not just the trained therapist who can help and advise others.
if that were the case then it would be unwise to take counsel from our moms, or our friends, or our spouses. some of the best advice ive ever received has been from my husband.
obviously in the case of severe distress or issues beyond my scope of expertise, experience and knowledge, i would tell someone to seek professional help IN PERSON. and i would think even dr. laura would do this- since she is dispensing her wisdom via radio too.
i’m not typically judgmental of people who make the “unpopular” or societally “wrong” choice.
to me very little is actually black and white. and very few people, if any, are ACTUALLY holier than thou.
so when i talk to others it is with full awareness that i too could end up in any boat- the same or another equally difficult but different one.
we don’t screw up on purpose most of the time. but we all do screw up.
why is it necessary for me to bully a caller into fixing problems? can’t i nurture a caller to the same place?! or at least try?!
i am not a therapist. but i am a woman happy to listen intently and help when asked.