Dr. Laura feeling more heat from opposition
Radio talk-show host used N-word while talking to callerCould this be the end of Dr. Laura's syndicated radio show? Some liberal activists certainly hope so.
Hence another all-out war being waged by the left against Dr. Laura Schlessinger, this time over her use of the N-word, and the talk-show host is obviously feeling the heat.
Schlessinger used the incendiary word -- multiple times, no less -- while talking to a black caller and making the point that the charge of "racism" has been losing its power to overuse and abuse.
The N-word is an example because whites who use it are racists but when blacks use the same word it goes unnoticed and is, indeed, acceptable and even sometimes humorous. She specifically refers to the word's use on HBO. (Listen to the audio here.)
On Monday, left-wing watchdog group Media Matters joined GLAAD, the Women's Media Center and Unity Journalists of Color to not only denounce Schlessinger but to call on her advertisers to abandon her.
The campaign is reminiscent of the one waged by gay and lesbian activists a decade ago after that community accused her of engaging in homophobic rhetoric. That ordeal likely ended any chance she had of turning her CBS television show, then in its infancy, into a success, especially since about 170 advertisers pulled out as a result of the activists' campaign.
Schlessinger has already apologized for her use of the N-word and on her blog Monday she wrote extensively about her experience since the Aug. 10 show.
"My intent was to help a caller, but, by using that word, I did the exact opposite for her and for many others," she wrote.
She also excoriates the media (presumably that includes THR) for "compounding the damage" by choosing to "rebroadcast my error again and again and again."
She also delves into some media-political analysis: "When I first started out in radio, people disagreed.... they didn't hate and they didn't try to censor or destroy an opposing point of view. Instead... they argued and debated."
Not good enough, said Media Matters, which says in its statement Monday: "It's clear the airwaves are no place for Dr. Laura's hate speech. By choosing to sponsor her, Dr. Laura's advertisers are not only funding her offensive radio show, but are implicitly endorsing its content."
Dr. Laura's show attracts about 10 million listeners weekly. NewsMax magazine recently listed her as the eighth most influential radio talk-show host in the country, right after Glenn Beck.
On Friday, Keith Olbermann at MSNBC made Dr. Laura his "World's Worst" person in a segment that included spooky music and lots of bleeps.