Aug 17, 2010

Dr. Laura Schlessinger announced Tuesday night that she would end her radio show following her N-word rant last week.

"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."

Dr. Laura emphasized that she is "not retiring" but rather just ending her radio show.

"I'm not retiring, I'm not quitting, I feel energized actually," she said. "Stronger and freer to say the things that I believe need to be said for people in this country."

Schlessinger said she will continue to write books and to publish on the internet and maintain her speaking engagements.

Last week, she apologized 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.

"Yeah," Dr. Laura responded. "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."



  1. Wow, I can't believe that she thinks calling black people the N-word is acceptable and that to not be able to do so without consequences is violating her 1st Amendment. Hello, you're infringing on a whole race!!! It's people like Dr. Laura who prove that racism still exists and that the US hasn't come very far since the Civil Rights days.

    We just walk around letting crap fly under the rador or pretending that it doesn't exist period.

  2. I've heard of Dr. Laura and only recall one time listening to her show with my father. She came across as fairly sensible. But I never followed her. She may have been trying to make a point. But she took advantage of a situation to air her thoughts about the supposed hypocrisy of some black people and their use of the n-word. Did she ever answer the caller's original question? To me it exposed her true thoughts about race in America, which are blacks are forever berating whites about race, like whites are now being disenfranchised across the board. To me that's an extreme point of view.

    As for her remarks about her first amendment rights being infringed upon...she can say whatever she wants, and those you disagree have a right to complain and challenge her, the radio company, and her sponsors. If you dish it out, you have to be able to take it. To me this is a cowardly way out. If you want to have a conversation about the topic, have the coversation. There is a way to engage others without getting crazy and insensitive. I would've thought she was capable of doing that.

  3. Dr. Laura acted on her pent up emotions about the "N" word and caused a lot of controversy that she did not expect. She had some valid points in her outburst. My opinions are mixed on the word. For instance, I have a Jewish inlaw. His friends/family can joke about the slang towards Jews, but dare not I use any slang towards the Jews. I do this as a matter of respect. I am not "allowed" to use the word for obvious reasons...