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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

bad day for hate speech

one down, 58,000 to go...nytimes:
dr. laura schlessinger, the conservative talk radio commentator under fire for repeatedly using a racial epithet, announced on tuesday that she was ending her long-running radio show.

dr. schlessinger made the announcement on tuesday night on “larry king live,” saying she made a decision not to renew her contract when it expires at the end of the year and suggesting that she did not want her opinions and language, however provocative, to be muzzled.

“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 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.”

but she stressed that she was not retiring, only ending her show, and would continue to write books and appear at speaking engagements.
posted by skippy at 8:20 AM |

2 Comments:

She went on... "And if I want to hate and call people 'nigger', then I want to be able to do just that! So, yes, I want my First Amendment rights back."

Mo Rage
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commented by Blogger PFL0W, 10:43 AM PDT  
Cutting a long comment short.

There is a reason why men, at least men who hope to ever hook up with any woman in earshot, don't use the word 'cunt'. And this is true even among mixed crowds where the language is otherwise totally open to be point of being foul-mouthed. At the right time and place, and with the right combination of smiles and humorous context, you can get away with 'bitch' or in extreme cases 'whore', but the 'c' word will get you 86'd out of that bar forever, at least if the bartender or server is a woman. And it wouldn't matter a bit if you knew some of the women used the term amongst themselves. I have done informal surveys among women I meet and even the most hardcore of biker chicks agree that is one place you really don't want to go.

Its called 'transgression' and you would think a woman ostensibly trained in psychology would understand the concept.

Somehow I think that if I freely exercised my own freedom of speech at some cocktail party attended by Laura that the host would have ME deposited ass first onto the sidewalk outside, and that no one would be pausing to hear my 1st amendment defense.
commented by Blogger Bruce Webb, 11:25 AM PDT  

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