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I was coming home tonight and I caught the tail end of the re-broadcast of the Think Out Loud morning show just in time to hear Dave Miller comment on the follow-up phone call he had made to Stephanie Akins, a previous guest from the "Not Enough To Eat" show and I was outraged by what I heard.
Mr. Miller was responding to apparently many comments made after the show regarding the Akins' desicion to have six children even though they were not able to adequately feed them. I can understand people asking this question, it is natural to wonder about such things. But, I see the question as a rhetorical one, or at least one in which every person should answer for themselves.
The reason I was so enraged is that Dave Miller actually called the Akins' residence and spoke with Stepanie's husband. Does Mr. Miller think he is doing his journalistic duty by responding to the listeners of the show and voicing thier concerns? Or by doing so is he acting as judge and jury? By calling the Akins', Mr. Miller questioned thier morality based on concerns brought up by people who disagree with thier decision. Moral questions should always and only be answered by the parties involved. I find it very insulting that Mr. Miller thought he had the right to even ask the Akins about thier choice to have six children. Even if they knew they were not able to support them adequately, it would still not be appropriate for anyone other than the Akins to decide that.
Even worse, when Mr. Miller relayed Mr. Akins' responce (that they were financially secure when deciding to have six children and expected to be able to provide for them) it was almost as if they were off the hook so to speak - that making the decision to bear more children was morally justified. Would it not be morally justified regardless of thier individual situation simply because they decided it so?
I listen to the show regularly and have always respected both Mr. Miller and Emily Harris for thier insightful comments and probing questions. But, I am very dissapointed that Mr. Miller crossed the line - going from journalism and treading into morality. Who are we, as a society, to say what is right or wrong for anyone but ourselves?
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