Rachel – Day 150

20 Aug

The News: Dr. Laura Resigns Because She Uses the N-Word On Air. In a recent on-air discussion with a caller, Dr. Laura Schlessinger used the N-word 11 times on air during her radio show.  The caller was calling to get advice on some built-up bitterness she had towards her husband and relatives who would make racists comments around her (she being black and he being white). She was bitter at her husband because he wouldn’t stand up for her.

The topic came up of what to do when the N-word came out.  The caller thought it was completely wrong for anyone to use the word. Dr. Laura, however, went on to say that if black people can use the N-word whenever they want, then why can’t white people. Her point was that vocabulary should not be restricted by race. However, she went on to say the full word several times during the call and the caller became very offended.

Now, her major blunder has reached airwaves and media outlets all over the nation and Dr. Laura has recently announced she will not be renewing her contract for her radio show once it is up in December.

Listen to the NPR coverage:  http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=129317120&m=129316610

Watch the Larry King interview with Dr. Laura: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSeh2uoc18c&feature=related

My Comments: My husband is doing somersaults right now…. Dr. Laura Schlessinger drove home crazy.  Whenever I had her on in the car, he would throw his hands up and say “that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard,” or “Is she being serious right now?”  My mom would often listen to her in the car so I got addicted to it in high school and continued listening throughout college and much of my adult life. She is very short and to the point, can be a bit abrupt and rude, but generally speaking, she has good, sound advice for people. I do admit that she went way overboard with this caller and it’s probably a good thing she decided to resign because I’m sure she’s already lost a bunch of her listeners and supporters.

You should definitely listen to the NPR stream and watch the Larry King interview because she basically isn’t backing down. She has apologized but she still does everything she can to keep her pride intact, all the while reducing her credibility as a sound Doctor.

I thought this woman would go on to do her radio show ’till her teeth fell out, but alas, she has backed down in the face of her 1st Amendment rights being violated. Interesting.


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