Alex Blaze

Dr. Laura is staying on the radio

Filed By Alex Blaze | November 29, 2010 12:00 PM | comments

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Dr. Laura, who promised America she'd quit radio back in August, is dr-laura.jpggetting a satellite radio show that'll start right after her talk radio show ends:

In the wake of her N-word rant earlier this year, Schlessinger announced she would sign off from her current radio show on December 31. At the time, she claimed the move was designed to "regain [her] First Amendment rights."

The AP report, which appears to have been published prematurely, says Schlessinger will begin on Sirius XM on January 3, just three days after signing off from terrestrial radio.

After reading more about not just her political views but her terrible advice, I'm wondering what safeguards our society has against people like her who pose as experts on topics they're not experts on and then say the first thing that pops into their minds for the sole purpose of fooling the rubes into adoring them and giving them money. It's not just Dr. Laura, of course, but she was a perfect symbol of the problem as someone who was so blatantly pretending to be something she's not in order to get a position of authority.

The answer to the fundamental problem here isn't getting her off the air, because eventually another Dr. Laura will be found to say crazy things on the radio and entertain some and fool others. If we do find a solution to this problem (which manifests itself elsewhere, like with "history professor" Glenn Beck and the cottage industry of lesser-known fake experts like Focus on the Family's "education expert" Candi Cushman), it'll be in supporting, somehow, people who actually know what they're talking about and getting them in positions to engage the public. It'll be taking the responsibility the mainstream press has long since shirked - being the sane voice in an insane discussion - and at least letting people know that there are people who know what they're talking about out there.

It's hard to see how democracy can be worth much if people don't know what's going on and can't make informed decisions, which is probably why we won't see for-profit media taking on that responsibility any time soon. Listen to this woman! She over-simplifies everyone's problems and says crazy shit! Now go out and buy the useless junk she's hawking.


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I knew this witch was going to be back. She's exactly the kind of whackjob corporate radio loves to bestow with airtime. :-

Tony Soprano | November 30, 2010 4:19 AM

Boycott the advertisers. Boycott XM.

FYI, the XM satellite control center is located in Vernon, NJ.

No surprise here. It just underscores how low the bar is for conservative radio talk show hosts these days. There are, of course, some very good ones, just as there are on the left, but in an industry where Limbaugh and Savage can be successful, Dr. Laura's bigoted spewings are relatively small potatoes.

As we've seen with both the demise of Savage's and Dr. Laura's television shows, the bar for acceptable television commentary (on MSNBC at least) is set much higher. Hopefully one day that standard will come to be adopted by the talk radio industry, but I'm not going to be holding my breath waiting for that to happen.

Btw, anyone see the irony that nasty Dr. Laura will be appearing on a network which was founded originally (but is no longer owned) by a trans woman... the very brilliant Dr. Marine Rothblatt?