Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Nobody is losing their First Amendment rights here...

So Dr. Laura has decided to call it quits. I have to be honest. I've never really listened to her. She's on during Clark Howard here. But apparently she repeatedly used the n-word during one of her broadcasts and is coming under fire for it. She has apologized and she isn't necessarily fired but she will not renew her contract. What's funny to me is her reasoning. She claims she wants to "regain [her] First Amendment rights." That just makes me want to shake her and maybe slap her once or twice. You didn't lose your damn rights, lady. If this were one of our European brethren like the UK or France who claim to be a free society, you'd be facing real government censorship right now for using "hate speech." You might even end up on a ban list like fellow radio host Michael Savage. As it stands, you just have to worry about concerned citizens who don't want you on the air and will probably petition private radio stations in some way to take you off the air.

At worst case here, you'll have to deal with the FCC for indecency over public airwaves but then you'd be free to take your act somewhere like satellite radio and use the n-word to your heart's content. You could even sing the "I Hate Zima" song and nobody from the government would stop you. Dr. Laura should consider herself fortunate we have a First Amendment in this country or she could be in really real trouble right about now.


Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

National furor erupted? Really? All I heard was that she took herself off the air.

I guess someone needs to manufacture their own controversy to get a raise of some kind.

One wonders what Andrew Breitbart could do with her rant on the remix!

Kevin Allman said...

As usual, someone claiming her First Amendment rights has no idea what the First Amendment actually says:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

If the U.S. Congress had passed a law in the last week prohibiting Schlessinger from speaking, I think we would have heard about it.

patsbrother said...

My all-time favorite:

A Morman photographer made a "Guys of the [Whatever that 2 Years Bike Stint is Called]" calendar, in which said guys were (shocker) bare-chested.

The Morman church did not approve and decided to excommunicate said photographer.

Said the photographer of being kicked out of a private organization: "I just feel like my First Amendment rights are being violated."



[By the way: don't harp too much on that "Congress shall make no law" thing, as the First Amendment has somewhat nonesensically been applied to your state and local governments, despite that otherwise restrictive first phrase.]