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    ‘Dr. Laura’ Retreats After Use of Epithet

    ‘Dr. Laura’ Retreats After Use of Epithet
    By JOSEPH PLAMBECK
    Published: August 18, 2010

    Following criticism and the loss of advertisers after her use of a racial epithet 11 times on her long-running radio talk show last week, Laura Schlessinger said on Tuesday night that she would not renew her contract for the show when it expires at the end of the year.

    On CNN’s “Larry King Live,” Dr. Schlessinger said that she would leave her “Dr. Laura Program” because she doesn’t want to have to prune her words or opinions.

    “I want to be able to say what’s on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry, some special interest group deciding this is the time to silence a voice of dissent and attack affiliates, attack sponsors,” she said. “I’m sort of done with that.”

    On Aug. 10, Dr. Schlessinger used the epithet 11 times while arguing in an exchange with a caller that there was a double standard depending on who utters the word.

    “Black guys talking to each other seem to think it’s O.K.,” she said. “I don’t get it. If anybody without enough melanin says it, it’s a horrible thing. But when black people say it, it’s affectionate.”

    Dr. Schlessinger’s self-help program grew quickly in the 1990s, helping to establish her as “the most important female talk show host in the history of talk radio,” according to Michael Harrison, the publisher of Talkers magazine, which covers talk radio. According to the magazine, the show remains the third-most-listened-to talk show, with more than nine million listeners each week, tied with Glenn Beck and Michael Savage. In 2000, Dr. Schlessinger described homosexuality as deviant and derivative of “biological error” and refused to back away from the comments, causing dozens of advertisers to pull their support from her radio program and a nascent television show.

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    #2
    What an idiot. Bye, hope we don't see ya on Fox, but you're probably already workin' a deal for your own show!!
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      #3
      No shit! Who the hell listens to her crap, she's a moron, living in the dark ages.

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        #4
        Regarding the Dr. Laura incident, this is a must-read: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lincol..._b_683657.html

        It truly highlights everything that went on with an amazing insight into the underlying rhetoric beneath Dr. Laura's questioning and use of words that day.

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          #5
          Bye, bye "Dr" (?) Laura.........don't let the door hit your antiquated ideas on the way out, and please buy a roll of duct tape for your mouth the next time you decide to share your bigoted ways with humanity.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Eileen View Post
            Bye, bye "Dr" (?) Laura.........don't let the door hit your antiquated ideas on the way out, and please buy a roll of duct tape for your mouth the next time you decide to share your bigoted ways with humanity.
            Hehe. For an advice giver, she's done well for herself considering her doctorate isn't even in psychology. Neither is Dr. Phil's. Go figure!

            In my opinion, Dr. Laura and Dr. Phil have made millions basically telling people common sense. Seriously, I've listened to Dr. Laura and watched Dr. Phil and cannot believe the bullshit people need to ask another personality about.

            It is my sincere belief that the success of shows like Dr. Laura and Dr. Phil are really more about tapping into the private lives and dramas of other people. Yes, I'm guilty of that. Let's be honest. It's fun watching Judge Judy rip into a dumb ass or watching Oprah ask her guests some really personal questions.

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              #7
              I heard her defending herself and it just made no sense. She was being stubborn and did not want to consider she might be wrong.
              She finally fell off of her high horse.
              I'm afraid RDF may right, she probably had FOX on the phone the next day.

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                #8
                RDF, Dr Laura and FOX, a match made in heaven. They love them some race baiters over at FOX and don't care if a bunch of sponsors cancel due to hate speech (Glenn Beck).

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Le Type Français View Post
                  Hehe. For an advice giver, she's done well for herself considering her doctorate isn't even in psychology. Neither is Dr. Phil's. Go figure!
                  In fact, Dr. Phil has a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of North Texas.
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by stephen212 View Post
                    In fact, Dr. Phil has a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of North Texas.
                    I stand corrected. Damn! Rumors go far. I should have read Wikipedia.

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                      #11
                      Todd is correct about the common sense comment. You really have no idea how little common sense people do have until they see you as a client. That was the biggest shocker i had going from working with the mentally ill to DCFS clients. These people had no common sense trying to raise children. Every day I sat and was so shocked in discussion what they would say and do, or not do with their kids.
                      “If everybody's thinking alike, somebody isn't thinking.” Gen. Patton

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                        #12
                        i heard dr phil does have phd in clinical psych but was never licensed because of accusations of an inappropriate relationship/behavior towards a female client.

                        dr laura and club are just sensational and popular for the delivery of their common sense advice
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Ashley View Post
                          i heard dr phil does have phd in clinical psych but was never licensed because of accusations of an inappropriate relationship/behavior towards a female client.

                          dr laura and club are just sensational and popular for the delivery of their common sense advice
                          I have to confess something: Over the years, I've developed a hated for the McGraws. Not that I watch Dr. Phil anymore, but when I did, it sickened me over time how much they flaunt their happiness and perfect life in our faces. If Robin cried one more time about some shitty love letter Phil wrote her or something about her two sons. Yes, I know, it's terrible, but confession is the first step to penance.

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                            #14
                            Provocatively Curious: To those condeming Dr Laura in the other thread, is it

                            because of what she said or how she said it?
                            Seriously, and totally irrespective of any pre-existing opinions you may have for her, her show, or statements she made regarding other issues in the past, is this crucifixion in the media happening for her original comments, her defense of her comments, or her attitude in expressing both?
                            Are we:
                            a society that just enjoy bashing public personalities because there's opportunity?
                            a society that seeks to bash public personalities on opportunity because we object to his/ her positions previously expressed? (ie; the homosexual stuff),
                            or a society that is that truly righteous that we jump to condemn any perceivably hurtful comments made by anyone at anytime, or do just expect more righteousness from public personalities?

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                              #15
                              I’m sorry; I do not know to which other thread you refer. But I think the majority of us just really dislike righteous ignorance and prejudice, and though you hate it as much in the guy down the block, it is more offensive and dangerously influential when it is expressed by a public/media figure, and we feel more free to express our distaste and disapproval of a public figure than a neighbor.

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