Thursday, May 25, 2000

Council not inclined to take on Dr. Laura

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati City Council isn't willing to rebuke Dr. Laura Schlessinger. And members said Wednesday they are upset that a request to criticize the controversial talk show hostess came from a publicly funded agency.

        Saying the content and purpose of Dr. Laura's conservative message is questionable, the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission asked council this week to take a stand against her upcoming television show.

        “That request has no business coming from the city or any city-funded agency,” Mayor Charlie Luken said. “It doesn't matter if it is Dr. Laura or Howard Stern or Eddie Fingers.”

        Phil Burress, head of the Citizens for Community Values, said he was upset by the commission's request.

        “Why are they getting involved with free speech?” he said.


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