Donald Miller holds himself out as a Christian and insists his work is not manipulative, but only designed to help people be more effective in selling their products (which he apparently assumes only applies to “good” products). As a result, it’s crucial that he has integrity in his work.
So when his co-host is repeatedly referred to as “doctor” despite not having a doctorate, it’s misleading. The fact that this co-host is working towards his doctorate in communications is incredibly ironic. He, of all people, should know that referring to himself as “doctor” and letting Donald say he’s earned this degree results in a certain perception and expectation to the general public. When they discuss on an early episode that he’s ABD (All But Dissertation), it’s pushed away by saying if he was on an airplane during a medical emergency and someone called for a doctor, he couldn’t respond. Which is ridiculous, since a Ph.D. in Communications wouldn’t help in a medical emergency regardless. I was ABD for five years, and was explicitly told that referring to myself as “doctor” during this period would have been unethical and, if I was offering treatment, illegal.
This may not seem important to many listeners, and they may liken it to not caring whether the judge on People’s Court is really a judge. But to me, the fact that they repeatedly refer to “Dr. JJ” and discuss him earning his degree results in the show lacking credibility and integrity, and this is something I will not support.
Two stars because the interviews are often very good. I just wish Donald and JJ were more honest about their intentions.