UPDATED: Dr. Laura To END Radio Show After N-Word Rant

Get this load of hot steaming nonsense.

“My contract is up for my radio show at the end of the year and I’ve made the decision not to do radio anymore,” she told Larry King. “The reason is I want to regain my First Amendment rights. I want to be able to say what’s on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry, some special interest group deciding this is the time to silence a voice of dissent and attack affiliates, attack sponsors. I’m sort of done with that.”

WOW. What a full blown right wing crybaby. First Amendment rights? I hate to nitpick, but the right to free speech resides with the publisher or broadcaster, not the individual columnist or host. I’ve done this before. I was always told that, if I did not like the restrictions involved in being on the air, I should buy my own radio station.

What Dr. Laura does not like is the free market. She took some criticism (I’ve taken plenty along the way) and now she is throwing a big ol’ pity party.

Having listened to her “n-word” incident, my opinion is that the problem is not the word itself, but her failure to concede the existence of racism. The caller described a rude incident designed to make her feel uncomfortable on account of her ethnic background. Call it what you will, such rudeness as described is out of bounds. Any well-bred southerner would know that instinctively.

Black Americans listen to the radio, shop in stores and write letters to advertisers. Take it from somebody who has been there, that is how free market economics work. Dr. Laura only wants to operate in the special elite world only occupied by right wing blowhards.

Dr. Laura is hardly a voice of dissent. She is the strident, well-financed, mouthpiece of the only perspective radio listeners are generally permitted to hear. She is the spokesman of big money Republicans.

So when do liberals get their “free speech rights” back? I’ll be waiting.

Dr. Laura To END Radio Show After N-Word Rant.

UPDATE:

Washington, DC — Today, Media Matters for America President Eric Burns issued the following statement in response to Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s announcement that she would be ending her radio show when her contract expires in January due to the controversy surrounding her racially charged rant:

“Dr. Laura’s radio career ended in disgrace tonight because of the bigoted, ugly and hateful remarks made on her show. Americans have had enough. Listeners are now holding hosts, affiliates, and sponsors accountable for the offensive and inexcusable content on the airwaves.”

BACKGROUND

On August 12, Media Matters posted full audio and transcript of Schlessinger’s rant, which had apparently been expunged from her website. We also documented her history of incendiary remarks. Schlessinger became the subject of a firestorm of media coverage. She responded by slamming the media that “rebroadcast” her rant.

On August 16, Media Matters released a joint statement with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Women’s Media Center, and UNITY Journalists of Color, condemning Schlessingers comments and stating that “This week, we will hold these advertisers accountable and find out exactly where they stand.” Today, Motel 6 announced that in the wake of her comments, it would be severing its relationship with the radio host.

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About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

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