Dr Laura Schlessinger, Anna Nicole Smith, Hannity & Colmes
Against Anna Nicole's Defenders, Dr Laura Lashes Out
In an explosive interview aired on the FOX News Channel's Hannity & Colmes show last night, Dr Laura Schlessinger lashed out against Anna Nicole Smith's trashy lifestyle and the media culture that rewarded her reckless, yet ultimately lethal behavior.
Here's a link to the video clip.
Without mincing words, Dr Laura was brutal in her assessment of the way the mainstream media has covered both Anna's lifestyle and its inevitable conclusion.
Taking her frustration a step further, Schlessinger even offered to adopt Smith's child.
Her most effective point was also the most jarring: the fact that almost no one else has been willing to denounce Anna Nicole's trashy existence.
Why not? Considering the mess Smith has left behind for her young daughter, shouldn't we speak out against this kind of irresponsible behavior?
Here's an excerpt from the transcript:
ALAN COLMES, CO-HOST: Anna Nicole Smith's sudden death leaves her 5-month-old daughter Dannielynn without a mother, and her paternity to likely be decided by the courts. Joining us now is the author of the bestselling book "The Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage," radio talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger.
If Anna Nicole Smith were a caller to your radio show, what would you tell her?
DR. LAURA SCHLESSINGER, "PROPER CARE AND FEEDING OF MARRIAGE": I would have begged her to put the child up for adoption to a two-parent, mom-and-dad, married family that was going to love it, and nurture it, and bring it up in a good environment. I would have begged.
COLMES: And would she have listened? Probably not.
SCHLESSINGER: I couldn't say I'd pay her, she, what, has $250 billion?
COLMES: She got money from other sources apparently.
SCHLESSINGER: Oh, well, whatever. I don't know. You know, that's exactly what I would do.
COLMES: You talk about, in your new book, "Care and Feeding of Marriage," you talk about families, and mothers, and daddies. And this is quite dysfunctional, what we're seeing here, and we don't know how it's going to end up.
SCHLESSINGER: Well, the baby, sadly — I mean, you know, I feel a little uncomfortable. You're not supposed to say ill of the dead, but this baby was in trouble whether mom was alive or not. I would like — you know, here's my offer. I'll raise the kid; somebody else can keep the money. That kid just needs somebody who's going to love it, not use it as a means of getting an inheritance.
COLMES: You say in your book — and I want to just sneak your book in here as part of the...
SCHLESSINGER: Sneak, baby, sneak.
COLMES: You say that a woman should rarely say no to her spouse. It seems like Anna Nicole Smith...
SCHLESSINGER: Excuse me, that was about sex.
SCHLESSINGER: Well, Anna Nicole Smith didn't have a spouse. She hardly said no to anybody.
COLMES: She hardly said no was my point. That's where I was going. She rarely said no.
SCHLESSINGER: You're so funny.
COLMES: Yes. Isn't that the problem?
SCHLESSINGER: Yes. And I guess I'm — am I just about the only one in America who really doesn't care about this story? I mean, this woman is just a joke and a tragedy. And...
COLMES: You don't want to call someone a joke, do you?
SCHLESSINGER: Yes, it was.
COLMES: A person is a joke?
COLMES: She's a joke?
COLMES: She's a human being. She's not a joke.
SCHLESSINGER: Yes, she led her life like a skuzzy joke.
COLMES: But why would you call a human being a joke? She's a person.
SCHLESSINGER: Because it is, I'm sorry. Well, we are different kind of people.
And she misused her — the valued blessing of having a life in this trashy way, one son dead, another with no parent...
COLMES: She may have been an addict. She may have been sick. She may have had a disease. To call her a joke is to diminish...
SCHLESSINGER: I am diminishing her. And that's what...
COLMES: That's horrible.
SCHLESSINGER: But listen to me out. I think we need to be spending more time diminishing this kind of behavior.
COLMES: But not the person.
SCHLESSINGER: Let me finish.
COLMES: Yes, ma'am!
SCHLESSINGER: I think we need to spend more time diminishing this behavior, instead of giving all this airtime to the Paris Hiltons, and the Britney Spears, and the Anna Nicoles
You know, I'm wondering if anybody thinks, if you had started the show today saying, "We have a woman who is leading a wonderful and moral life and is very happy in her family, news at 11:00," whether you'd worry if you'd get listeners. Viewers. This is TV.
COLMES: You know, dog bites man is news, right?
SCHLESSINGER: Well, that's what's sad, that everybody is so interested in this train wreck. And I just — my heart, because the focus of my life and my career is about the well-being of children, and no matter what happens, who decides they're going to be father, this kid's life is just going to be very, very difficult.
RICH LOWRY, GUEST CO-HOST: So, Dr. Laura, if I hear you correctly, you are not surprised that Anna Nicole came to a bad end?
SCHLESSINGER: No. I'm surprised more of these young women leading these crazy, outrageous lives, with infinite sex partners, and drugs, and drinking, and carousing and all of this, I think we're going to see more of it. I mean, the human body can only take so much.
But what saddens me — you know, I write books like "The Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage," because I'm trying to help people really find happiness, and our young people are looking at this trashy behavior, and thinking, "That's a way to be happy," because every time you show a picture of Anna Nicole, she's smiling. That's not happy; that's tragedy.
Here at the Radio Equalizer, we've no doubt that Dr Laura's offer would be strongly opposed by a news media eager to spend the next year reporting on an ugly custody battle over Anna Nicole's child. It was a nice offer, however.
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