Defending Garrison Keillor (sort of)

November 30, 2017

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!”

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Comments 1-4 of 4

  • Wendy Brion

    12/10/2017 09:19 AM

    While I've never cared for Keillor's politics, I've loved his Lake Woebegone stories for years...sometimes I laugh until I cry reading/listening to them. Probably because I could just change the location and we'd be talking about Central Pennsylvania.

    Part of me feels bad that this has happened to him. But as a certain famous church leader once said, chickens are coming home to roost. I don't wish anyone to go through the nightmare of false accusations, but at the same time, if you're going to be making them...

  • Kathleen reeves

    11/30/2017 06:31 PM

    Couldn’t agree more. I have a huge issue with allegations that allege activity that occurred years or decades ago. How does one defend themselves.

  • Ron Reams

    11/30/2017 05:14 PM

    At the bottom of the first page it says, "READ MORE," but when you click on it, an ERROR message comes up in a separate browser window. So, where's the MORE?
    RR

  • Patty Hager

    11/30/2017 04:29 PM

    You are so right Mike. This whole mess has gone too far! If someone pays me on the back I take that as a kind gesture. To turn him in on sexual misconduct is ridiculous! Oh and there are women who are worse than men in their touchy feely behaviors. What people need to do is just keep their hands to themselves and act like the rational adults they should be.