Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

The Devil's in the Details

The world doesn't get more real than this: While last Wednesday's premiere of The Real World: Denver featured, among other things, same-sex kissing in a LoDo hot tub, getting face time with Larry King a few channels away was Focus on the Family's James Dobson, offering his first public take on the Ted Haggard scandal. And other things, of course, but the real reason he was there was to spin the story of Colorado's own the massage-and-meth-seeking evangelical.

And for once, you couldn't blame Dobson for feeling that the religious right is sometimes demonized by the mainstream media. Because the next day's Rocky Mountain News reported that Dobson had pronounced that people who don't practice what they preach should undergo an "exorcism" — when, in fact, he'd talked about how people get "exercised when something like this happens, and for good reason."

Crunch. -- Patricia Calhoun

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
Contact: Patricia Calhoun