Dr. Laura's dinner with gay, black friends
By Paul Bond
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - While trying to make a point about racism, syndicated radio host Laura Schlessinger said the N-word over and over during a call last week, setting off a firestorm of criticism.
This week she said, come December, she'd end her long-running radio show, "The Dr. Laura Program." She spoke to The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday about the controversy and anything else that came up.
ARE YOUR SPONSORS AND AFFILIATES UNDER CONSTANT ATTACK, OR ONLY WHEN CONTROVERSY ERUPTS?
Laura Schlessinger: Only when things erupt. Otherwise, we're all happy campers. I do good shows, I help people, and the sponsors get what they pay for.
WHAT'S YOUR OPINION OF THE SPONSORS WHO CAVE INTO THE PRESSURE?
Schlessinger: Sponsors are companies and companies are made of people. I totally understand. I don't get mad. They're supporting their families. That's the problem -- situations where companies, sponsors, affiliates are injured by special-interest groups that don't want to debate an issue, they just want to eliminate a voice.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF MEDIA MATTERS, THEN, WHICH REALLY GOT THE BALL ROLLING AGAINST YOU THIS TIME?
Schlessinger: An organization whose existence depends on the principle of eliminating opposing opinions is very dangerous. Continued...