Dr. Laura Quits to ‘Regain’ Right to Spew N-Word Without ‘Constant Fear’ (Video)
August 18, 2010
(ChattahBox)—In the wake of her offensive on-air N-word tirade, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, announced on CNN’s “Larry King Live” last night that she was quitting radio. Why? “The reason is: I want to regain my First Amendment rights,” she said. Question–When did she lose them? Like many conservatives, Schlessinger has a warped view of her free speech rights under the First Amendment. Her right to spew the N-word 11 times on her syndicated radio program, while mocking the racial concerns of her African-American caller, as “hypersensitive” is fully protected from any government acts “abridging” her freedom of speech. But the Constitution doesn’t say people have to like what others say. The fact that Schlessinger took some heat over her hateful comments, doesn’t mean the nasty talk show host’s “First Amendment rights have been usurped by angry, hateful groups.” We get it Dr. Laura. You are now the victim of “hateful groups” expressing their condemnation of your disgusting on-air racist rant. What about Schlessinger’s hate? She said she was sorry, but mean “special interest groups” are still saying mean things to “silence” her, so the talk show host is “just done with that.”
Schlessinger’s on-air bullying of a black female caller, asking for help in dealing with the racist behavior of her white husband’s family and friends, was in some ways, more harmful for Schlessinger’s complete dismissal of racism as “hypersensitivity,” created by “black activists” without a “sense of humor,” than it was for her spewing the N-word 11 times.
The specter of a 63-year-old privileged white woman, uttering the N-word, while attacking the black caller for having a “chip” on her shoulder, was a truly disgusting moment in talk radio. When the caller took Schlessinger to task for uttering the N-word, she angrily replied, “Don’t NAACP me,” later concluding “If you’re that hypersensitive about color and don’t have a sense of humor, don’t marry out of your race.”
Schlessinger, known for her nastiness and anti-gay rhetoric, who once referred to homosexuality as a “biological error,” also bemoaned these pesky “hypersensitive” blacks who are still whining about racism, after the election of our first black president. Schlessinger suggested, black people now have enough. What more do they want?
“I really thought that once we had a black president, the attempt to demonize whites hating blacks would stop, but it seems to have grown, and I don’t get it,” complained Schlessinger.
Dr. Laura later issued a lame apology for articulating the “n” word all the way out,” defending her racist tirade, as an attempt to make the “philosophical point,” that black people are “hypersensitive” about race.
Against this backdrop, the syndicated talk show host appeared on “Larry King Live” to announce she was leaving her radio show at the end of the year, so she can have the freedom to spew all the hate she wants, without having “to live in fear anymore” from activist groups, such as “Media Matters” condemning her ugly racist remarks. She whined to King that she apologized and that should be enough. “I’m done,” declared Schlessinger.
It seems the American public is done with Dr. Laura.
Below are portions of the Larry King transcript and video, provided by Media Matters:
KING: Do you — do you realize that it’s OK if blacks want to kid blacks or make fun of themselves, but it’s not OK for this lady to have a white person use the word?
SCHLESSINGER: I’m sorry if, you know — I always tell people on my show to do the right thing. I thought I was trying to be helpful. I was trying to make a philosophical point. But I was wrong. I apologized. And there are people who won’t accept my apology. And they have their own reasons for that. I feel bad for that. But, my listeners heard my being contrite, being remorseful, being sincerely apologetic because it’s not my nature to go out of my way to hurt people. And, you know, get on with things. [...]
SCHLESSINGER: Well, I’m here to say that my contract is up for my radio show at the end of the year and I have made the decision not to do radio anymore. 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, what I think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry, some special interest group deciding this is a time to silence a voice of dissent, and attack affiliates and attack sponsors. [...]
KING: Why is your freedom of speech denied on radio?
KING: Because people can criticize what you say.
SCHLESSINGER: You know, when I started in radio, if you said something somebody didn’t agree with and they didn’t like, they argued with you. Now, they try to silence you. They try to wipe out your ability to earn a living and to have your job. They go after affiliates. They send threats to sponsors.
KING: That’s their right, too.
SCHLESSINGER: Yes, but I don’t have the right to say what I need to say. My First Amendment rights have been usurped by angry, hateful groups who don’t want to debate. They want to eliminate. So, that’s why I decided it was time to move on to other venues where I could say my piece and not have to live in fear anymore that sponsors and their families are going to be upset, radio stations are going to be upset, my peeps, as I call them, are going to be upset. [...]
KING: So, where have you lost freedom of speech? You can say whatever you like and they can criticize and they can try to take you –
SCHLESSINGER: Larry, you’re missing the point.
KING: I am?
SCHLESSINGER: Living with a constant fear of affiliates and sponsors being attacked is very distracting. It’s — it’s — the list that you just made. I didn’t even know about that. I knew about Motel 6. I didn’t know about the rest of that. But I expected it to happen because these companies are in the business are in business. They’re supporting their own families. They’re supporting other families. They don’t want to be in the middle of controversy. They want to be doing their business. So, it’s not a matter necessarily of them agreeing with the special interest group. It’s a matter of them wanting to skirt the problems. I don’t need –
KING: Who is the special interest group?
SCHLESSINGER: Well, like “Media Matters” and some of the other groups that have lined up to decide that I should be silenced because they disagree with my points of view. I never called anybody a bad word. I was trying to bring — and obviously, it has become a national discussion now — I was trying to make a philosophical point and I made it wrong. But I wasn’t dissing anybody. I was trying to make a point. And for that to say I should be silenced is the reason that I’m saying to you, I obviously am losing First Amendment rights.
KING: You agree, though, that’s a horrible word?
SCHLESSINGER: Yes, and I policed my self. You know, I don’t know of too many people who have apologized before they were told you better apologize. I apologized because I knew what I had done was wrong. I didn’t wait to be threatened. I took responsibility for what I did. And to imagine that there are people who refuse to accept an apology because they have an agenda and would like me silenced is — I’m done with that. I’m just done with that.