“I’m My Kid’s Mom!”
Sometimes childrens’ Myspace pages say more about their parents then themselves. The pathetic saga of Deryk Schlessinger, whose MySpace page contained racist rants and photos of tortured Army detainees, continues to unfold as his mother, “Dr.” Laura Schlessinger, is called to account for her constant radio refrain, “I’m my kid’s mom!” Deryk’s page was taken down but he is depicted on the left here.
The doctor is not in:
Radio talk-show host Laura Schlessinger is appealing to news media outlets to respect her son’s privacy amid an Army investigation into whether he is behind a lurid personal Web page that featured cartoon depictions of rape, murder, torture and child molestation.
The posting on MySpace.com drew the Army’s attention after the Salt Lake City Tribune reported this month that the Web page was credited to and included photos of Deryk, the 21-year-old son of the outspoken radio personality known to millions as “Dr. Laura.” She can be heard locally on KFI-AM (640).
According to the Tribune, the Web page, which has since been taken down, included a photograph of a bound and blindfolded detainee, accounts of illicit drug use and a blog entry headlined by a series of obscenities and racial epithets.
Dr. Laura is asking for privacy? I didn’t know until now that she believed in privacy rights.
This is a classic example of the Conflicted Conservative in Crisis (CCC), the type of authoritarian figure who projects their unresolved personal issues onto objects that embody what they can’t stand about themselves. Photos of Deryk contain nowhere near the shock value of the shots taken of her at a similar stage in life (iron-stomached adults only). It’s half-past time for Dr. Laura to throw in the towel and enter the Ted Haggard retirement home. Not that she will. There are countless other CCC’s out there in right-wing radioland who are so desperate for her stern advice they don’t care if she’s a total fraud. She can just blame the liberal media and move on.