Dobson Criticizes Media for Reporting Haggard Allegation
Focus Chairman Calls Coverage of Unsubstantiated Rumor 'Unconscionable'

U.S. Newswire
November 2, 2006

To: State Desk

Contact: Gary Schneeberger of Focus on the Family, 719-548-5853, or

Colorado Springs. Nov. 2 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Focus on the Family founder and Chairman James C. Dobson, Ph.D., issued the following statement today addressing an allegation by a male prostitute in Denver that Ted Haggard was one of his clients:

"It is unconscionable that the legitimate news media would report a rumor like this based on nothing but one man's accusation. Ted Haggard is a friend of mine and it appears someone is trying to damage his reputation as a way of influencing the outcome of Tuesday's election -- especially the vote on Colorado's marriage-protection amendment -- which Ted strongly supports.

"He has shown a great deal of grace under these unfortunate circumstances, quickly turning this matter over to his church for an independent investigation. That is a testament to the character I have seen him exhibit over and over again through the years."


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