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Excerpts from Morton Downey

Excerpts from Morton Downey

(Editor's note: MD is Morton Downey Jr., CC is Christopher F. Coon '90, and A1 and A2 are members of the audience.)

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MD: You represent NAMBLA ... exactly what does that group stand for?

CC: We are a support and informational organization for men and boys who have relationships with each other. This doesn't necessarily mean sexual, it's just relationships such as friendship or a role model relationship.

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MD: Are you a doctor, sir? A psychologist? A psychiatrist?

CC: I don't have to be a psychiatrist. Those weasels, they sit in their ivy-league towers up in their ivy-league universities writing theories about what people are really like...

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MD: The press isn't as irresponsible as they always say they are. Once in a while they have some common sense.

CC: When it comes to sensationalistic cases, the press, and, no disrespect, but trash TV exploits the situation because they like the sensationalism.

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MD: Chris, earlier in the show you referred to trash television. When I knew that we were going to do this show, I knew that would be the first thing that critics would say: another trash TV show. And I vowed then I would take the high road. If I weren't going to take the high road, sir, I wouldn't even talk to you for a minute...

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A1: ...You know what they did to Ted Bundy, I'd do the same thing to you.

CC: You are the kind of guy, you burst out in violence. I bet when you have one drink too many you start beating your kids...

A2: And if I had an 11-year-old kid that joined your organization, I think I'd punch him right in the mouth.

CC: NAMBLA members would never harm kids. We believe that any one who would intentionally hurt kids and that includes people who beat on their kids or even spank their kids has something wrong with him.

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MD: We've spoken to a young man who is obviously misguided, I mean very misguided. We have seen that there is sickness in this world. A sickness that we eradicate any way we can that's legal...