The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

13 March 2008

Left Blows A Gasket Over Dr Laura's Spitzer Assessment


Once Again, Dr Laura Pushes The Left's Buttons

Are women sometimes partly to blame when their husbands cheat, especially when they resort to visiting prostitutes? That's the provocative assertion of Dr Laura Schlessinger, who again has the nation debating her unwavering stances on marriage and family life.

Again underscoring her unmatched ability to drive the left absolutely (moon)batty with her ongoing war against moral decay, Dr Laura has "progressives" in a full state of meltdown over appearances earlier in the week on the Today Show and last night's Hannity & Colmes visit.

The row began on NBC, where Today Show panelists were in shock (most likely at the thought of a non- PC viewpoint airing unedited) and created an immediate "storm of protest":

“When the wife does not focus in on the needs and the feelings, sexually, personally, to make him feel like a man, to make him feel like a success, to make him feel like her hero, he’s very susceptible to the charm of some other woman making him feel what he needs,” the popular psychologist and radio personality said.


In a final appearance with TODAY’s Ann Curry and Hoda Kotb, Schlessinger stuck to her guns.

“The point is, what he’s done is wrong. The point is, what she’s done is wrong,” she said. “I have kept marriages together after affairs because I have reminded women that you have the power to turn this around. He had his children with you. He has his future life plans with you, his dreams, his whole mind, body and soul was wrapped up in the promise of you. If you now turn that back on, all that stuff you turned off because ‘I’m busy’ or ‘I’m irritated’ or ‘I’m annoyed’ or ‘I’m self-centered’ — if you turn that around, you have that man back.”

She said that there are reasons why men look outside the marriage for sex and companionship.

“I would challenge the wife to find out what kind of wife she’s being,” she said. “Is she being supportive and approving and loving? Is she being sexually intimate and affectionate? Is she making him feel like he’s her man? If she’s not doing that, then she’s contributing to his wrong choice.”

The Soros- loving Media Matters crowd instantly blew a gasket, seeming to admonish the network for keeping her on the panel through the whole show. God forbid dissenting viewpoints not agreeable to the left reach the airwaves! Perhaps they didn't appreciate how she returned in a later segment to clarify and defend her assertions.

From their incredibly long- winded rant (includes clip):

During the third hour, Today featured a second panel about infidelity with news anchor Ann Curry, Fisher, Gardier, and Dina Matos McGreevey, ex-wife of former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey (D).

Curry said that "there was an assertion made by Dr. Laura ... talking about what may cause some of this, and she generated a lot of controversy on our emails, basically, because she said that perhaps women are to blame when their husband cheat. Now, OK, you're shaking your heads. You're all shaking your heads."

Fisher replied, "This is nonsense," and added, "First of all, there's no data to prove it. I mean, let's go for the facts. And second of all, it doesn't -- there's many reasons that somebody is adulterous." Matos McGreevey later said of Schlessinger's earlier remarks: "[Y]ou know, for Dr. Laura to say, 'Well, you know, his wife is responsible for this,' this is absurd."

Schlessinger returned later during the third hour and addressed the panelists' comments as well as email comments from viewers. Responding to the second panel's comments about her own, Schlessinger said, "But I was a little disappointed that you guys had a panel secondary after I was in the green room and pretty much misrepresented and attacked me on what I said when I wasn't there to answer to myself. I didn't think that was journalistically ethical and fair." Schlessinger added, "I certainly didn't blame Mrs. Spitzer and Mrs. McGreevey for their husbands' behavior. I do not know anything about their personal lives."

Other leftist- feminist blogs, in addition to newspapers, followed suit even though most are probably supporting Obama over Hillary.

Here's a sample of the bloggers (we've edited offending language):

(Feministing) Naturally the show received a s--t-ton of appalled emails and letters, which gives me hope. Outside of the obvious grossness of suggesting that women (or men, for that matter) could be responsible for the partner's cheating - you have to love how Dr. Laura says that men who don't get the hero-worship they so deserve are "susceptible to the charm of some other woman" who makes them feel special.

(Jezebel) Yeah, We Know: Dr. Laura Schlessinger Is Full Of S--t

Today Show producers must have been in overdrive yesterday afternoon: The talk/news program was pretty much all Eliot Spitzer this morning, featuring an interview with former New Jersey first lady Dina Matos McGreevey (more on her later) and Dr. Laura Schlessinger, who sent Today Show viewers into fits of fury after she suggested that Eliot Spitzer's wife Silda -- and other cheated-on ladies -- was somehow responsible for her husband's transgressions. (Choice quote: "These days, women don't spend a lot of time thinking how they can give their men what they need."). Sure, it would be easy to rip Schlessinger a new one but honestly, does anyone really take this woman seriously? She's basically a humorless, post-menopausal Ann Coulter with a physiology degree. And she's been saying this sort of s--t about women for a while now.

(D Parvaz- Seattle Post- Intelligencer) Oh boy.

Every time some big-headed, high-profile man gets busted unzipping his pants in front of someone who is not his wife, some dingbat talking head steps up to blame the cheater's wife. You may recall that Pastor Mark Driscoll seemed to partially blame disgraced pastor Ted Haggard's wife for his infidelity by blogging that "A wife who lets herself go and is not sexually available to her husband in the ways that the Song of Songs is so frank about is not responsible for her husband's sin, but she may not be helping him either."

Of course, Haggard was cheating on his wife with a man, but never mind.

This time around, it's Dr. Laura Schlessinger, blaming Eliot Spitzer's wife for not meeeeeting his neeeeds. Yes, it seems it's Silda's fault that Elie didn't feel "validated" like a real man. Look, relationships are complicated and sometimes, both parties are to blame for things falling apart. But when it comes to infidelity, there's only one jerk -- the one who chooses to cheat.

But Dr. Schelpslinger feels different. She says the root of this need for validation is that man is born of woman, and that need for mommy's validation never fades. So, again, it's all mommy's fault.

(Political Machine) It's All Silda Spitzer's Fault

Or so says crazy-ass Dr. Laura Schlessinger on the Today Show with Meredith Vieira this morning.

As if being being the wife of a scuzzbucket and mother of three teenaged daughters isn't rough enough under these circumstances.

(Blatherwatch) That paragon of values, and intractable scold, Dr. Laura Schlessinger (KTTH m-f,9a-12p) sat her leathery hind parts down on the Today Show, today and blamed Eliot Spitzer’s wife for his sexual adventurism, and penchant for high-priced whores.

But Dr Laura really surprised the left by refusing to back down under pressure, the apparent response every good politically- correct citizen is supposed to exhibit:

(Think Progress) Dr. Laura stands by her man comments.

This week, Dr. Laura Schlessinger made headlines when she blamed former governor Eliot Spitzer’s wife for her husband’s unethical behavior, saying, “I hold women accountable for tossing out perfectly good men.” Yesterday, on Fox News’ Hannity and Colmes, Dr. Laura again shifted blame to women:

COLMES: Isn’t it the jerk who cheats on his wife? Doesn’t the responsibility lie with that adulterer and that man who makes that decision?

SCHLESSINGER: His responsibility for cheating is his. The responsibility for mistreating her man is hers.


SCHLESSINGER: And you know, I was here for The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands.


SCHLESSINGER: And we discussed this then. When women do not –when women ignore, neglect, don’t nurture, don’t love, don’t kiss up, don’t do all those wonderful things to their husbands, they’re more susceptible. That doesn’t mean they are not responsible for their actions.

COLMES: Isn’t it the jerk who cheats on his wife? Doesn’t the responsibility lie with that adulterer and that man who makes that decision?

SCHLESSINGER: His responsibility for cheating is his. The responsibility for mistreating her man is hers.

COLMES: And just because a man cheats does not mean he was mistreated. He could just be a horny guy who…


COLMES: Jeez, you never heard that word before?

SCHLESSINGER: And I said, if he’s narcissistic, sociopathic, then all bets are off.

Dr Laura's unique ability to drive the "progressive" left insane is her unwillingness to cave in under even the most intense pressure. Like the anti- communist dissident who refuses to give in after a series secret police torture sessions, the strength of her moral convictions reminds enemies of what they lack: a true sense of right and wrong.

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  • She really sounds unstable, with a mother complex, she should not be on the air giving advice, she hates her own mother. She is an unstable witch. I think the best way to rid the air of this witch doctor is to file a class action lawsuit against every station that carries the witch. Her giving family advice is the same as Charles Manson or Henry Lee "my mother was a legless prostitue" Lukus giving advice.

    Her giving advice is the same as a doctor without a license giving exams, she is not qualified to do therapy, therefore her posing as an expert is possibly illegal, I think it is time somebody do this, she is destroying families with her insane advice, (that is if anyone listens to the whore)

    A disclaimer should be on her show, and she not be allowed to use the term Dr. (it is misleading, her docterate has nothing to do with psychology0

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 14 March, 2008 11:10  

  • The problem with her comments has nothing to do with being PC. It's about speculation without basis in fact.

    All of these discussions are about a specific situation, and Dr. Laura has no knowledge as to the inner working of the Spitzer marriage. As such, her comments are useless and possibly defamatory.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 March, 2008 11:12  

  • did she say the same thing about David Vitter? or Larry Craig? or John David Roy Atchison? personally, i do wish that women would live according to dr. laura. i couldn't imagine anything better than a world where i could make my wife willingly have sex with me whenever i want. good logic, laura.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 March, 2008 15:43  

  • decay

    as in the corpse of Dr. Laura's mother?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14 March, 2008 23:08  

  • Spitzer, narcissistic and sociopathic? I find that plausible!

    If Dr. Laura wasn't ready to assert that about him yet, she must not have been following his career.

    By Blogger RC, at 17 March, 2008 00:37  

  • It's not just the left that is blowing a gasket, I'm a conservative.
    Even though Dr. Laura's position on the matter has validity, the way she goes about it is not only unprofessional (making assumptions and presenting them as facts, contradicting herself...), but also crude and cruel, lacking a lot, to the point where you ask yourself whether she is a fraud.
    For anybody who has to deal with a cheating husband I would recommend the chapter 'To wives' from the AA book. It is a lot more competent, understanding, supportive, spiritual and therefore more helpful than Dr. Laura's primitivity and forcefulness.
    Also some advice for Dr. Laura: a little bit of humility would be appropriate for somebody with her past, otherwise it will come back to haunt her.
    And, since when have hookers become authorities in telling women how to treat their husbands? Dr. Laura seems to think so. There is something seriously wrong with this picture, at least with the way she has been presenting it. How incompetent! What a lack of class and integrity! She deserves to be spanked!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 20 March, 2008 02:19  

  • Dr Laura would make a good used car salesman. She is about as deep as a river after a long drought.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 26 March, 2008 17:53  

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