Analyzing Dr. Phil

Elaine Corden casts Dr. Phil as a secular preacher with all the repressive values of an evangelical Protestant but who has recently taken to the sort of hate speech that brought down Don Imus and the sort of sensationalism associated with Geraldo Rivera. Only recently has Corden detected a simplistic, retribution-oriented “old-school, blame-the-individual approach to behavioral ails [that] absolves viewers from looking at the ugly fissures in American society as a whole.”

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