Dobson Criticizes Media For Reporting Haggard Allegation
Focus Chairman Calls Coverage of Unsubstantiated Rumor ‘Unconscionable’
11/2/2006 1:40:00 PM
To: State Desk
Contact: Gary Schneeberger of Focus on the Family, 719-548-5853, or firstname.lastname@example.org
COLORADO SPRINGS. Nov. 2 /U.S. Newswire/ — Focus on the Family founder and Chairman James C. Dobson, Ph.D., issued the following statement today addressing an allegation by a male prostitute in Denver that Ted Haggard was one of his clients:
“It is unconscionable that the legitimate news media would report a rumor like this based on nothing but one man’s accusation. Ted Haggard is a friend of mine and it appears someone is trying to damage his reputation as a way of influencing the outcome of Tuesday’s election — especially the vote on Colorado’s marriage-protection amendment — which Ted strongly supports.
“He has shown a great deal of grace under these unfortunate circumstances, quickly turning this matter over to his church for an independent investigation. That is a testament to the character I have seen him exhibit over and over again through the years.”