I never thought I’d be defending public radio uber-liberal Garrison Keillor (I can’t imagine him defending me), but then, I also never imagined that Minnesota Public Radio would relegate the man who put them on the map to non-personhood for alleged sexual harassment. Particularly when he claims it’s due to a single allegation that was nothing more than patting a depressed female friend on the back. How about a thorough investigation first to establish the truth? Then taking both his current shows off the air might be an appropriate response.
But isn’t it rather ridiculous for MPR to announce that it will change the name of its signature show, “A Prairie Home Companion,” over this? Take a close look: Keillor’s name isn’t in the title. He retired from it over a year ago and isn’t even on it anymore. It will only confuse listeners and serve no purpose. It would be like changing the name of the “Today” show because of Matt Lauer. Or more precisely, if someone accused Johnny Carson of once committing sexual harassment, so NBC changed the name of the “Tonight Show” now.
With that utterly irrational move, this has officially entered the Salem Witch Trial hysteria stage. I never thought I’d say this to the Minnesota Public Radio executives who gave us Garrison Keillor’s Lake Woebegone stories, but “Hey: slow down!”