Talk-radio host, Dr. Laura Schlessinger announced that she would end her radio show following her N-word rant last week on Tuesday night on CNN’s ‘Larry King Live’. The announcement came days after a controversy Aug. 10, in which Dr. Laura repeatedly used “the N-word” means a racial slur on the air when talking with an African American caller.
According to Laura Schlessinger, due to she wants her “First Amendment rights back,” which she can not have on radio, without the threat of attack on her advertisers and stations, she plans to leave her U.S. satellite radio talk show at the end of the year. She will continue to write books and to publish on the internet and maintain her speaking engagements.
Syndicated radio talk show host Dr. Laura said, “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.” She added, “I’m not retiring, I’m not quitting, I feel energized actually,” and “Stronger and freer to say the things that I believe need to be said for people in this country.”
She apologized last week, for using the N-word eleven times in five minutes with a black female caller. She insists, however, that the decision to leave radio was her choice and not forced upon her by her syndicator. “Were you gonna have a new contract?” King asked. Dr. Laura responded, “Yeah, We’ve added five stations this week and added sponsors. This is not an issue of I’m losing anything.” Schlessinger said the outrage over her use of the N-word led her to feel as though her First Amendment rights were being infringed upon.
“Living with the constant fear of affiliates and sponsors being attacked is very distracting,” she said. “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 that I should be silenced is the reason why I’m saying to you that I’m obviously losing First Amendment rights.”
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