August 19th, 2010
12:11 PM ET

Caller confused, hurt by Dr. Laura's words

Nita Hanson told CNN she called Dr. Laura Schlessinger for help and never expected to hear the N-word uttered 11 times.

Schlessinger said earlier this week she would not continue her radio show after her contract runs out this year because she wants her First Amendment rights back. But Hanson, whose five-minute phone call about her white husband's friends and relatives making racist remarks led to the comments, said Schlessinger, 63, is old enough to know better.

Schlessinger has apologized and attempted to justify her comments by saying the word is commonly used on HBO and by black comedians.

"I think she apologized because she got caught," Hanson told CNN. "At this point, there's nothing she can do for me."

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  1. leroy williams

    I am sending this message to all the Obama haters. This President is not taking excessive vacation time while trying to find solutions to America's problem. Remember this President began to work on Americ's problems long before he officially took over the office. Next, he has solicited solutions from both major parties, and experts. Solving America's financial woes will take a much longer time than it took us to get in over our heads. The question we must ask ourselves are we on the right path and my answer to that is not completely. We need to curb spending across the board here in America just as any household would do in a crisis. Blaming past administration will not solve the problem. Americans need to exercise patience and curb spending foolishly. We have a President that is willing to work hard for the people and we should allow him to do his job.

    August 19, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • scotty501

      Are you responding to a different article. this one is about dr laura not the president

      August 19, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • adam

      patience.....he has 4 yrs, he's lucky he had more than 4 days. he's done nothing for this country cant wait wait until he's gone.

      August 20, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Karen from kansas

    I hardly think Dr. Laura is a breath of fresh air. I believe her comments are rude – not thought provoking. I would never think of addressing people the way she does,. I guess being paid gives you the right to be rude and thoughtless. There is a fine line - and she has crossed it many times. I would think that if her" first amendment rights" are important to her and she feels she is being deprived, she could negotiate out of her contract right way.

    August 19, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. betty gillespie

    Dr. Laura was set up, She did nothing wrong. We have become the country of the offended and it doesn't take much. I find this very offensive. Sorry she felt an apology was necessary.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      I'm fascinated that you thought she was set up, could you explain how this could be when she has people screen the calls before she takes them, constantly interrupts and talks over people, and can cut them off at any point she wants to.

      August 19, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      I agree with you in part. I don't think she was necessarily set up, but I do think we have become a nation too easily offended. I also agree with her comment that you take any african american song / show / movie / whatever, and you're going to hear the N word way more than 11 times, and not even that– the B word, the F word and the whatever you want word. And all in very depreciating contexts. But, here she is, using the word to make a point, and she gets NAACP'd, just like she said.

      August 19, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. YES!

    Dr. Laura is a twit. All of her brainless worshippers and apostles of her ridiculous self-righteous rants will have to reposition their antennae to whatever Fox dreams up to fill the gap between their ears.

    August 19, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • thomas

      Hello Rick.. Wow I live in NYC . Race here is very bad . the N word is use ever time bye blacks. I really think that dr Laura. Di nother bad bye saying it while everbody in nyc,chicgo,Why cant american get over this. Everthing is not race . mistakes happen. Dr Laura is a saint...

      August 19, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ken

    *****************(I am BLACK And I saw the video of Laura Schlessinger and the caller using the "N"word. Laura Schlessingerr didn't do any thing wrong. She used the N word to make a point. She didn't use the N word as a put down. Laura Schlessinger said the N word to prove to the caller that she can say the N word. People just want to start TROUBLE. And once again, I am BLACK)**********************************************

    August 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • cindylou

      I couldn't agree with you more - she didn't use the N word to offend her. It's crazy that blacks say the N word and that's OK, but if a white person says it, Lord help us all.... People just live to stir up trouble. And if someone bothers to apologize to you, be big enough to accept it and move on already.

      August 19, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ken

    First, I must say Laura Schlessinger it one UGLY looking NO LIP PRUNE face women!!!! Where are HER LIPS? If it were not for lip stick on her lips, she would have NO LIPS at all.

    *****************(I am BLACK Laura Schlessingerr said the N word to prove to the caller that she can say the N word.

    I saw the video of Laura Schlessinger and the caller using the "N"word. Laura Schlessingerr didn't do any thing wrong. She used the N word to make a point. She didn't use the N word as a put down. Laura Schlessinger said the N word to prove to the caller that she can say the N word. People just want to start TROUBLE. And once again, I am BLACK)**********************************************

    August 19, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • scotty501

      agreed but i dont know who i dislike most her or sharpton. which rapper is sharpton chastising this week for use of the n word?

      August 19, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Don Jurgens

    Ken-it doesn't matter if your black or white, and just because your black doesn't mean you can excuse her behavior. Her use of the word was extreme and offensive.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • scotty501

      they weren't her words! she was quoting the rappers. ARE YOU PROTESTING THEM? if not u are a hypocrite. i have had it w/ the double standard. i have had it w/ having to leave movies because people are talking in them or loud in a restaurant and the foul language on the metro.

      u want to see prejudice look up the dayton stiletto mcdonalds attack. two non whites were helping a black lady that had been attacked. a pack of black women attacked him like animals and took out the good Samaritans eye. did they come forward of course not

      August 19, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • steveo440

      did you realyy listin to the whole conersation by the two or just a part – Jade said the N word is for Blacks only – truth – all other no way !

      August 22, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cry Me A River

    "Hurt and Confused" got her 15 minutes of fame and an interview on CNN....give me a break.

    August 19, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. wil

    The way I see it, we all have names. Why not use the christian and sir names instead of profaining someone we do not know or someone that could be offended. I try and see people as they are, starting with their names. Forget the profanity. So Dr. Laura made a bad impression. Why get on here when you are just looking to offend or be offended>

    August 19, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JF3

    I may not necessarily agree with everything Dr. Laura speaks of. However, I guarantee if she were a black person and made the same comments it would not be an issue. Her examples were extreme but society accepts it when african americans use the word for various reasons. Ms. Hanson is looking for 15 minutes of fame. She should have considered the potential response she would receive from Dr. Laura before she called in. Al Sharpton is a racist opportunist who will use any cause to persecute the white culture. The problem in America is that reverse racism is more prevelant and tolerated than we realize. White folks are suppose to bend over and take it every time they are discriminated against which is more often than we realize. I am not a racist individual. I believe every one should be treated equal and move on.

    August 19, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Peter

    Oh, get over yourself! I am quite certain that you have been called much worse by members of YOUR own race!

    August 19, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boney

      LOL, how true!

      August 20, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. get_real

    Don't you people get it yet–>the only ACCEPTABLE hate and predjudice is @ fat people these days. And Michelle O is a leading preponent. So get your political correctness on and attack the fatties like you're supposed to! Leave the black peeps alone – unless you are targeting an obese one.

    August 19, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda Savoyard

      I agree – the only acceptable targets these days seem to be "fat people" and don't forget Christians. It's considered almost fashionable for people to offend Christians.

      August 19, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Liz

    I don't understand...Hanson, the media, and the 'professional left' all pile on Schlessinger because she used a word that the caller today on CNN connected with civil rights and slavery, the latter a horrible chapter in American history that ended 150 yrs ago...that the caller had a right to her sensitivities. Yet in segment after segment, anchors and commentators are dismissing the sensitivities of 9/11 families and New Yorkers, those who were traumatized by events that happened nine short yrs ago in which 3000 people were slaughtered by Islamist terrorists.

    The caller said she "listened to her all the time"...I don't know what she expected to get as Schlessinger has always been blunt, often to the point of obnoxiousness. She has also always cautioned individuals considering interfaith and interracial marriages precisely because of the kinds of problems these relationships have the potential to create. Her standard reply is that if you are not ready to handle the questions and comments this type of marriage often engenders, you should not enter into it. Basically, that you will need a super-thick skin, which Hanson evidently lacks.

    August 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Maddie

    Dr. Laura is correct in what she has to say about 80% of the time. The Bible however is right 100% of the time, and the Bible says that if what you say is TRUTH but you say it without love (in this case, true caring concern for the caller), then what you are saying has no more significance than a clanging gong.

    You can smash someone with the truth and you haven't helped them one whit. You've destroyed them. But hey, you're right, and that's all that matters.

    That said: The caller's problem isn't that Dr. Laura said the N word to her. The caller's problem is that she chose to marry a a cad who allows his friends to say denigrating words about her race. If one MY man's friends said something like that, he would throw them out of our house.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kaye

    i smell a lawsuit...hmmmm follow the money...only in america folfs!!

    August 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boney

      Not only a lawsuit, but a book! So typical.....

      August 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
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