Dobson Nominated for Radio Hall of Fame

Jim Burroway

July 9th, 2008

Imagine my surprise on learning that Focus on the Family’s James Dobson has been nominated to the Museum of Broadcast Communication’s Radio Hall of Fame. I wonder, is Father Charles Coughlin also a member? If so, then Dobson might make good company. But no, I don’t see Coughlin on the list, so I don’t see how Dobson deserves the honor. Not after such gems like this:

“Homosexuals are not monogamous. They want to destroy the institution of marriage. It will destroy marriage. It will destroy the Earth.”

Wayne Besen at Truth Wins Out is organizing a campaign to remove Dobson from consideration.

To fight back against this offensive decision, TWO strongly urges fair-minded people to take three actions. First, sign TWO’s formal request to have James Dobson removed from consideration. Second, contact Museum of Broadcast Communications CEO Bruce DuMont directly, brucedumont@museum.tv, to express your displeasure. Third, as an option, vote for nominees other than James Dobson or Laura Schlessinger (the general public may vote, and the other nominees are Bob Costas and Howard Stern). It is urgent to act now, as voting comes to a close on July 15.

Jason D

July 9th, 2008

I signed the request, and am finding someone better to vote for, thanks for the tip!

Timothy Kincaid

July 9th, 2008

While I don’t like Dobson’s message, he most definitely has been a powerful force in radio, even if at times I would categorize him as a force for evil.

I would hope that a Hall of Fame would not base its inclusion policies on the ideology of the personality’s speech.

Samantha Davis

July 9th, 2008

If that is tha case and the only requirement to be nominated is to be influential or notable then allow me to nominate Heinrich Himmler.

… I didn’t think so.

Mike A

July 9th, 2008

Timothy, I’m afraid I don’t understand.

Why should the Radio Hall of Fame, or a museum of broadcasting, honor someone for intentionally lying about listeners, for distorting science, and for promoting immoral, degrading, and socially divisive and destructive content?

The airwaves are owned by the public and merely licensed to broadcasters. I don’t see how Dobson’s abuse of power, nor his popularity among mobs of selfish egotists, make his content award-worthy.

Ephilei

July 9th, 2008

And maybe baseball players should still get into the Hall of Fame if they used steroids. Dobson is certainly a powerful force, but a hall of fame implies honor, not infamy. On the otherhand, Hitler was Time’s Person of the Year precisely for his evil influence. Personally, I prefer history not to remember Dobson more than they have to.

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