The Pasadena Independent, owned by Beacon Media in Monrovia, California, has published an apparent slanderous article by Terry Miller, staff photographer, in its April 15 issue on radio talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger's visit to the City of Arcadia to celebrate the city as a family friendly place to live.
Schlessinger was the keynote speaker at the City of Arcadia's Community Breakfast, which was reportedly sold out. Hiding behind comments by "anonymous" persons who attended the event who Miller failed to identify, we read that Schlessinger (erroneously) believes "that gay people are biological errors," that her views are "caustic and divisive." We also read that unnamed people (who paid for the event) left during her speech. Miller failed to interview Schlessinger as to what her exact views on these issues are.
Schlessinger is a proud parent of a soldier in Iraq and showed off an American flag on her boots and sewed onto the back of her pants as a patriotic symbol. Here's how Miller reported this:
"Mayor Harbricht introduced Schlessinger, she strutted up to the stage, stuck out her behind at the audience, (presumably to show off her patriotic pants which bore Old Glory on the backside) and then flaunted her alligator boots which were painted with stars and stripes."
Miller went on to write: "Sadly, it seemed few in the audience were concerned with Schlessinger's opinions but more her celebrity." But if no one was interested in Schlessinger's erroneously reported bigoted views, why did Miller's article report the opposite? And what about all those "anonymous" people who walked out and said inaccurate things about her, Terry?
Terry Miller is listed as a "photographer" for the Beacon News. As such, his op-ed should be considered yellow journalism, not "opinion." It has no place in a community newspaper. The article is not only a slur on Schlessinger but a slam on the City of Arcadia which sponsored the event. And this also does not reflect well on all the advertisers to the Pasadena Independent. Here is a picture of Terry Miller taking photos:
Terry Miler's article which borders on slander can be found online here:
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