Dr. Laura Schlessinger's brand has always been tough love, but it's a
thin line between "tough" and "racially inflamatory," a distinction the
radio host is rapidly becoming an expert on after dispensing N-word-heavy relationship advice to a caller earlier this week. A sampling of
- What Was She Thinking? Schlessinger, writes The
American Prospect's Jamelle
Bouie, "isn't known for her sensitivity" but even by her standards
"this is an impressive display of raw resentment" that could be the
death knell of her career. "Even right-wing consumers have their
limits," writes Bouie, "and Dr. Laura may have gone a bridge too far."
Good Enough Jezebel's Anna North was unimpressed with the apology
Schlessinger posted on her blog. "Schlessinger can apologize for using
the n-word all she wants," argues North, "but the views she expresses
above don't just slip out. They're clearly what she really thinks, and
unless she undergoes a complete attitude adjustment, she'll still be a
- The Wrong Person Salon's Mary
Elizabeth Williams says is all for a national discussion on race,
just not one led Schlessinger. "If you're going to make a point about
racial sensitivity," Williams observes, "Dr. Laura is probably not the
best person for the job."
- Missed Opportunity Mike
Green of The Huffington Post says Schlessinger's rant was
conservative talk radio at its worst. Writes Green:
exchange with a listener created an opportunity for the famous radio
expert on interpersonal relations to clearly demonstrate her
understanding of cross-cultural communications. Instead, she exhibited a
distant disconnect with African Americans akin to the reputations of
fellow radio cohorts Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.
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