'N-word' rant finally silences radio star
DR LAURA doesn't do tea and sympathy. For 30 years, she has been dispensing tough love to tens of thousands of listeners who call her radio talk show each day, seeking blunt, provocative and unashamedly conservative advice on how to cope with their most pressing personal problems.
"So what?" she likes to tell victims of childhood abuse. "You're still responsible for your actions!" To a pregnant woman wondering whether to agree to her boyfriend's request for an abortion, she once declared: "You got knocked up by a guy who wants to kill your child? Get a backbone transplant here!"
The inflammatory rhetoric has helped to turn Dr Laura Schlessinger, to use her full name, into America's most successful female radio host, with a fortune estimated at $100m (€77.7m) and a weekday audience of 10 million loyal listeners, spread across 200 radio stations.