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Dr. Laura Urges Conservative Stand

April 25, 2001

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Conservative talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger urged religious broadcasters Wednesday to use the airwaves to galvanize support for such initiatives as battling online pornography.

``We can have an impact,″ Schlessinger told a breakfast meeting of the National Religious Broadcasters here. She noted that special interest groups of all varieties have organized successfully to advance their agenda.

``I have been the target of such a movement in very recent times,″ said the embattled talk show host. ``And I can tell you firsthand the organization, passion and a shared vision is a powerful force.″

Schlessinger’s TV talk show, which struggled in the ratings and faced fire from gay rights activists, was canceled last month after one season. Her radio show draws about 18 million listeners on more than 400 U.S. and Canadian radio stations.

She asserted Wednesday that her ratings are up ``even with the brouhaha.″

Dr. Laura came under attack by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and others after she labeled homosexuality ``deviant″ and ``a biological error″ several years ago. Schlessinger offered an apology last October for what she called ``poorly chosen″ words about homosexuality.

On Wednesday, Schlessinger said she has used her reach to generate momentum for efforts like getting Internet filters installed in schools and libraries and told the group’s members to do the same.

The breakfast was held to coincide with the National Association of Broadcasters annual convention this week.


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