It would not be surprising if National Public Radio reporter Doualy Xaykaothao received an inaccurate picture of southwest Missouri during the time she spent here investigating Rev. Raymond Lambert, Rev. George Otis Johnston and the alleged religious sex cults in McDonald and Newton counties.
About all Ms. Xaykaothao was exposed to during her stay here were the most horrifying aspects of rural life, and rare occurrences at that.
Her thoughts on her coverage are offered on a reporter's notebook on the NPR website:
What struck me was how some of the accusers said they still loved their pastors, despite what the accused are alleged to have done. Pastor Raymond Lambert also says he loves everyone in his congregation, despite the fact that many of his family members have left the community and made accusations against him.