Radio personality and author Dr. Laura Schlessinger is taking her talk show off the air she announced on Larry King Live on Tuesday night. Many of Schlessinger’s sponsors pulled out under pressure from activists and Media Matters after Schlessinger’s recent n-word filled rant against a black caller who was concerned about racist comments. Schlessinger said she was quitting because her freedom of speech was being threatened.
“I want to regain my First Amendment rights,” she said.
“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.”
Schlessinger, pictured at the LA Times Festival of Books on April 26, 2008
in Los Angeles, and her use of the derogatory word on-air caused widespread outrage, plus her comments to the caller were also offensive. Gotta admit, I never much liked Dr. Laura, and now it looks like she’s gone for good.
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