I'll admit I haven't heard Dr. Laura's tape. I suspect that if I heard her rattle off the n-word about a dozen times, I'd probably agree that she should leave her show--at least for awhile.

But there are several things to consider before casting her off into radio show pergatory. Two years ago, Jeremiah Wright, Obama's spiritual advisor, spewed hatred towards whites, and Obama was elected to the presidency anyway. In light of this, does Dr. Laura deserve to lose her show?

She isn't a public official, and is under no obligation to represent everybody. Markets, not voters, determine whether she stays or goes. The caller Dr. Laura was addressing on her show, is an attractive black lady, who said on Larry King Live, that Dr. Laura's words hurt her feelings. As a white person, Jeremiah's Wright's words hurt mine. Am I supposed to have broader shoulders simply because people of my color have traditionally subjugated the black race?

Why was Obama allowed to shrug Wright's comments off as stuff he has heard his whole life? He didn't feel obligated to make a hasty retreat from the campaign trail, and was subsequently elected to office anyway.

On the other hand, Dr. Laura walked away with her tail between her legs, because our standard for equailty isn't the same for whites as it is for blacks. The truth is, people of color can get away with saying things that white people can not.

Like O.J. Simpson, Barack Obama is a white man in a black man's skin. But at a time when a black talk show host is one of the wealthiest people in the world, when black doctors, lawyers, politicans, athletes, and entertainers are among our most celebrated, it is time to change the rules of political correctness. Racism does still exist in America, but it is not what it used to be, and the same standards of what is appropriate to say, should apply to everybody.

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Visduh Aug. 20, 2010 @ 4:57 p.m.

Of all the reasons for Dr. Laura could/should have left the air, this is the strangest one. While she's opinionated as hell, she's usually smart enough to phrase things in a way that doesn't give her opponents a wedge. I haven't heard what she said, and probably won't. But she's been moving gradually but inexorably to a real hard-line stance on all sorts of things, which means that her advice is frequently just unrealistic for callers. When she made a conscious decision to politicize her message, it set her up for a fall. But to go off the air when an apology and eating 200 lbs. of crow should have sufficed is going a bit far.

I'm generally in agreement with thestoryteller on the topic. Yes, the same standards should apply to all. Don't hold your breath waiting for that to happen though.

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David Dodd Aug. 20, 2010 @ 5:41 p.m.

I heard the tape.

She should be reprimanded for utter and complete stupidity, not racism. She was attempting to point out the "N" word is used by black people and so why shouldn't it be used by everyone? So, she proceeds to use it over and over again for effect. This is just as stupid as an African American using the word over and over again for effect. The word doesn't offend me racially, it offends me intellectually.

If Obama used that word, would he be a racist? Of course not, he would simply be an idiot. There isn't a reason for an intelligent person to use that word, regardless of whether or not it is deemed as derogatory NOW, because at one time it certainly was used by racists; there isn't a point to using the word at all.

In other words, Dr. Laura is an idiot. May she not allow the door strike her buttocks on the way out.

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thestoryteller Aug. 20, 2010 @ 6:53 p.m.

Well, I'll admit that what Dr. Laura said was in poor taste, but is she any less acceptable than Jeremiah Wright? I find it troublesome that the man leading our country found him acceptable enough to attend his services.

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nan shartel Aug. 21, 2010 @ 11:31 a.m.

a menopausal moment to be sure Refried...

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thestoryteller Aug. 21, 2010 @ 4:25 p.m.

Iam no fan of Dr. Laura, but I do know that she is very helpful to women who screw up their relationships. I recently looked through a copy of her book, "Ten Stupis Ways Women Screw up Their Lives." I could have used that kind of advice 30 years ago.

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