An editor assigned the piece to two writers, Gyres Golan and Joe McGann. The story ran mid-November. It was subheadlined, "Dr. Laura Thinks Her Relationship with Billo Was a Mistake", but it didn't mention her legendary temper. When I was in Sacramento just before the story ran, I saw Schlessinger at the Capitol, giving testimony. She told me the article was one of the most flattering she'd ever had. Yet after it came out, the chatter on her Internet forum was how lousy Billo and his friends and former girlfriends had treated her.
In the online chats, some of Schlessinger's fans said the article didn't do justice to Laura's phenomenal physique. Some of the critics pounced, denouncing her at length, mainly for her nudity on the cover, poised to speak her mind. The few spots of pouty flesh in her picture were supposedly too scandalous to discuss, and still are.
Of the handful of news stories about the incident, the one by Candace Thomson of The Advocate, has become the most enduring: "After Billo," she began, "Dr. Laura." She told how Schlessinger screwed his face up, a pouty, mutinous expression, when he reacted disdainfully to her seduction of his friend. She wrote that she used to love to hear Schlessinger's voice, but now hated it, or her. What sort of woman cast the phone in a streak of teal-colored rainwater instead of drawing it up above the levels of the garage?
One scandalous question after another rose from the posts. There were times when the bonfire of complaints bordered on the pornographic. The nettlesome posts were slowly being deleted. There was a raging debate about Schlessinger's reinstatement as co-host of the syndicated radio show. At times, Schlessinger had seemed to be searching for her place in radio, but her fans were undercutting her every move. d2c66b5586