Dobson’s Radio Network in Trouble

Dobson’s Radio Network in Trouble April 7, 2012

A couple years ago, James Dobson left Focus on the Family, the group he founded, and launched a new radio show called Family Talk. But now it looks like the new project is having financial problems and they’re begging for cash to keep it going:

Just over two years ago, Dr. Dobson resigned from Focus and passed the leadership of that ministry to others. But Dr. Dobson is far from finished with his service to our Lord. We are grateful that Dr. Dobson wants to continue his work to strengthen families and our nation, and his message has never been more urgently needed than it is today! With this calling in mind, the ministry, Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk, was born.

As a directing Board, we are in full agreement with Dr. Dobson that the family is facing its watershed moment. America is experiencing a moral and spiritual crisis that threatens the very foundation of Western Civilization. The family is under attack as never before. Dr. Dobson’s wisdom and insights are needed more now than ever before. The good news is that Family Talk is making a significant difference – standing firm on principles of Scripture and encouraging those who are fatigued, frustrated and fearful.…

If we are unable to receive the needed support, we may have to reduce some of our radio stations. The battle is raging, and now is not the time to reduce our outreach. The Board is deeply committed financially, and Dr. Dobson has never taken a salary from Family Talk. Please consider how you might be able to join us today in carrying on this ministry to families.

And Dobson is doing what demagogues always do when trying to raise money — scare the hell out of his target audience, telling them that civilization itself is on the verge of collapse because those damned secular liberals think people should actually be free to do things that Dobson doesn’t want them to do.

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  • raven

    But now it looks like the new project is having financial problems and they’re begging for cash to keep it going:

    Nothing new here. Dobson has spent his entire life begging for cash from the fundies. And getting rich off of it.

    telling them that civilization itself is on the verge of collapse because those damned secular liberals

    This isn’t new either. According to Dobson and the fundies, civilization has always been a few dollars away from collapse. I’d remind them of the boy who called wolf too many times but the point is so complicated and subtle, they wouldn’t get it.

  • raven

    Dobson’s Focus on Hating Everybody has been in trouble for years.

    They have had several rounds of layoffs and the take from scamming the fundies has been going down for years.

    Supposedly he is an expert on raising children. I wouldn’t treat a dog or cat like he claims people should treat their children.

    One of they things that sunk Dobson was his hypocrisy. He spent decades telling women they should stay at home, barefoot, pregnant, in the kitchen, and cultivate a skill for opening beer cans for the menfolk. Then he endorsed a mother of 5 including a newborn for vice president of the USA, Sarah Palin.

  • Chiroptera

    The family is under attack as never before…

    …from Republican social and economic policies.

  • Brian63

    civilization itself is on the verge of collapse because those damned secular liberals think people should actually be free to do things that Dobson doesn’t want them to do.

    Well, individuals have a greater obligation to preserve civilization than they have to their own well being. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or something. In their rhetoric, Dobson and his kind advocate a form of communist philosophy, just without realizing it.

    Brian

  • godlesspanther

    The collapse of Western civilization will be the direct result of James Dobson not getting rich enough off of donations from his sheep.

    Sounds perfectly rational.

  • dougthebox

    James Dobson is nothing more than a purveyor of hate in the name of his religious beliefs. He is a perfect representation of why society needs to shed itself of its persistant belief in devine magical beings.

    More people of good conscience need to speak out against James Dobson and those who perpetuate the myth that hate is acceptable when propogated in the name of a book of fairy tales written by bronze age goatherders.

    And for those who are afraid of being called “intolerant” of such people and their views, you should proudly declare that you are, indeed, intolerant of any form of hate propogated for any reason.

  • Happy news! This will keep me smiling all day.

  • tbp1

    I remember a few years ago when FOTF had massive layoffs thinking that it was too bad for those that lost their jobs. But then I remembered that they worked for FOTF, presumably because they shared in its worldview and wanted to help promote it, and lost most of my sympathy.

    I know innocent people will be hurt too (children of those laid off, downstream beneficiaries like local business owners who lost business because fewer people are employed), but all in all it’s hard not to think this is a good thing.

  • ambassadorfromverdammt

    “James Dobson will single-handedly prevent the collapse of civilization if you pay him enough”.

    “God will single-handedly prevent the collapse of civilization if you adore him enough”.

    No wonder it makes sense to fundies.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Dr. Dobson has never taken a salary from Family Talk

    I’ve no idea what’s going on, but here’s how I would do it:

    Instead of a salary, I’d give myself a huge bonus at the end of each financial year – which is handy because the bonus doesn’t show up in the wages & salary books.

    I would have all the radio equipment transferred into my name – and then rent it back to the radio station for thousands of dollars per week.

    I’d drive a company car – and send all fuel and maintenance bills to the company (it’s their car after all, not mine).

    I’d be living high on the hog and I could truthfully tell everyone that “I have never taken a salary” from the company – because that’s the kind of guy I am.

  • I think the Christianists should dig deep, really, really deep, and send Dobson lots of money. That would be bucks going into his pockets instead of to Republican political candidates.*

    * Of course, as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Koch brothers, the Glroiously Orwellian Party will still rake in dollars by the dump-truck load.

  • Larry

    My check is in the mail!

    […maniacal laughter fading off into the distance…]

  • “The good news is that Family Talk is making a significant difference”…sure they are, that is why gay marriage is gaining more and more support as time goes on and why Family Talk is running out of money…Do these people hear themselves?

  • coffeehound

    tbp1@8,

    I know innocent people will be hurt too (children of those laid off, downstream beneficiaries like local business owners who lost business because fewer people are employed), but all in all it’s hard not to think this is a good thing.

    Yeah, somehow I’m happier with the thought of their parents working at the local Piggly Wiggly, than spreading the “Werd O’ Gawd” around for everyone else to step in.

  • Michael Heath

    It’s difficult to over-estimate the volume of abuse children suffered from due to this person. One of his book’s instructions on disciplining ‘strong-willed’ children literally left marks. And let’s be clear here, he is celebrated within conservative Christianity for his advancing the abuse and forcible indoctrination of children, not denigrated or ostracized.

  • On you?

  • really worth watching. No surprises for the likes f us, but a good consolidation and boil down of the issue

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f9R9MtkpqM&feature=related

  • marcus

    I liked Oral Roberts ploy better. “God is going to kill me if you don’t give me a MILLION dollars.” And apparently this was true, because when he fell short God did take him out. (This happened many years later and God made it look like “natural causes”.)

  • harold

    What a great business model.

    No matter how much you pay yourself (*which need not be limited to “salary”, as grumpyoldfart notes above*), no matter how much money you lose, new “investors” keep funding you. And never ask for a return on their investment.

    Public service message for those who cannot detect satire or sarcasm – this comment is satirical in nature, and is a condemnation of, not endorsement of, Dobson’s actions.

  • John Hinkle

    I heard an episode of Family Talk on Moody Bible Radio one time. It was your typical “women belong subservient to men because it says so right here in Scripture, but we don’t mean to sound sexist and this doesn’t mean barefoot and pregnant, but actually it does because it says so right here in Scripture…” and round and round it went.

  • harold

    Ashleybell –

    I don’t 100% agree with Lakoff in this video.

    I do agree that he’s generated a good heuristic with regard to political attitudes in the US, and to a fair degree within similar parts of the Anglosphere, such as Anglophone Canada.

    However, the “strict father” metaphor really only refers to authoritarian, implicitly hierarchical social structure. Communist societies have had ostensibly completely different economic ideals, and have tended to officially (if not actually) reject racism and genderism as legitimate grounds for hierarchical division. Yet leaders like Stalin and Mao have been the epitome of the “strict father” methodology.