Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Embattled radio talk show host Laura Schlessinger announced Tuesday she’s quitting radio after her contract is up at the end of the year. Schlessinger, 63, appeared on CNN’s “Larry King Live” and she wants to “regain my First Amendment rights.”
The controversial radio advice host got into hot water after she dropped the “N” word 11 times in a racist tirade last week. While she offered a tepid apology for her lack of judgment, it’s clear Schlessinger isn’t the brightest bulb in the box and she still doesn’t understand how the use of language and words have consequences.
Schlessinger’s appearance on CNN’s “Larry King Live” is a portrait of a woman oddly amused by the whole brouhaha enveloping her. She sees minorities — in this case, African Americans, not as human beings entitled to respect but, as members of a “special group.”
While Schlessinger said she is still “regretful” over the incident, she said she feels her freedom of speech rights “have been usurped by angry, hateful groups who don’t want to debate — they want to eliminate.”
What Laura Schlessinger fails to understand is the First Amendment doesn’t protect hate speech. You can’t shout “fire” in a crowded theater or “bomb” on an airplane so even the First Amendment is not without limitations.