Last week repeatedly used the n-word to a Black caller. Last night on Larry King Live, she said she was going to leave her syndicated radio show citing:
“The reason is, I want to regain my First Amendment rights,” she said. “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. I’m sort of done with that.”
My first thought was that stations which broadcast her show were telling her advertisers weren’t too happy with her. My second thought was who in their right mind would call her? She has a Ph.D. in physiology. She’s less qualified than Dr. Phil to be handing out advice.
What struck me was her non-apology. She portrayed herself as the victim in this episode. Contrast this with Don Imus’ “nappy headed hoes” comment about the Rutgers women’s basketball team. It was suppose to be a joke, but when he realized how it had been taken he apologized profusely on the air, went on Al Sharpton’s radio show to apologize again and personally apologized to the team members. He was fired.
Dr. Laura’s response may have served her well, but it sends a bad message on how to behave when you do something wrong.