When Media Matters posted the audio and story behind Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s use of the “N” word, the Internet went into overdrive with comments, tweets and retweets, driving the story faster than the time it took for Dr. Laura to parody her way into the history books with a barrage of “N” word sarcasm on her radio show Aug. 10.
Dr. Laura’s 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.
Listen to Dr. Laura’s response to a caller who identified herself as a Black woman offended by comments made by her White husband’s friends:
Dr. Laura, here’s a word of advice. Ironic, I know. Usually YOU’RE the one giving advice. But here goes: Let’s bypass the fact that you cut off the explanation offered by your caller when you might have gained insight into why her feelings were hurt by what she considered racially demeaning remarks.
You chose to twist the woman’s complaint about insensitive racial remarks into an unrelated political commentary aimed at reiterating your frustration toward some of President Obama‘s supporters. The caller turned the tables by offering you an opportunity to disclose your views regarding use of the “N” word. That’s when you fell off your normally smart, pithy, advisory pedestal into a chasm of irrationality.