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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-11-07 07:38 AM
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Complaint: TV probe made pastor kill himself
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published Friday, February 9, 2007

A Christian group complained to the Federal Communications Commission about a Pittsburgh, Pa., TV station's investigation of a Presbyterian minister who committed suicide Nov. 3 after the station taped him entering an adult bookstore.


The FCC complaint, dated Monday and sent by a coalition of Christian denominations in the Pittsburgh area, argues that KDKA's promos "sentenced" Dugan before the presbytery had a chance to investigate and deal with his behavior.


Dugan overdosed on aspirin and alcohol in a motel room a few days after KDKA began airing promos showing his face and saying it would reveal his illicit behavior. The station announced a day before his death that it would not air the story because it had learned the pastor was missing and contemplating suicide, but it does not appear that Dugan had been aware of the decision.

In a last letter to the presbytery, Dugan, who was 60 and unmarried, acknowledged having a sexual relationship with a man and said that man set up his visit to an adult bookstore that was videotaped by KDKA, Mead said.


The public had no compelling interest in what this man was doing with his sex life. This is a tragedy. If it happened to James Dobson, it would be justice.

1) Dugan was un-married and wasn't cheating on a spouse.
2) Dugan didn't appear to be politically active in gay-bashing.
3) Dugan wasn't engaging in illegal activity or harming children.

Unless someone can find a reference (which I can't) that shows Dugan gay-bashing in the press, we had no business knowing what Dugan was doing, and KDKA had no business invading his privacy.

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