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Dr. Laura, Heal Thyself!

So, Dr. Laura, who to be honest, I've never consumed except in small doses, is leaving AM radio.


Off course, she's claiming her First Amendment rights are being abridged.

Uhm, no.

Look all of us... yes, lefties too, confuse pressures on speech from non-governmental sources with governmental sources, and cite First Amendment issues. And we all forget,even when appropriate, that like other Constitutional rights ( Second Amendment, anyone?), as a nation of evolving laws and needs there are some restrictions on First Amendment rights.

This can get confusing. Especially with the way the FCC sometimes swings wildly from who it targets or regulates depending on the whim of the courts or the administration of the moment. But that's why free tv and radio are more regulated then pay tv and radio.

PBS stil gets away with some crazy shit because, well, who watches PBS in this country? Really.

But in this case, sorry. No 1st Amendment rights have been violated. Dr. Laura, who has always said crazy, hateful stuff over public airwaves, finally dropped the n-bob-omb right on her own position.

And as far as I can tell, the FCC isn't going after her.

Being very pro-First Amendment, I wouldn't want to see the FCC go after the crazy lady. I would honestly like to see them avoid content control ( excluding advertisers... they need a firm, guiding hand) and be more about guaranteeing access (net neutrality. duh.)

This isn't a First Amendment issue. Doc Laura, you said enough crazy stuff to get a chunk of the populace against you. And by adding element "N-What the fuck did you say?" you finally reached critical mass.

You aren't being punished by 1st Amendment issues. You are being punished by the marketplace.

Don't worry. Satellite radio or some cable channel well have a place for you broadcast wise, and the people who like your books will continue to buy them.

Yay, capitalism.



( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 19th, 2010 10:32 am (UTC)
I've been trying to articulate this very point. Indeed, this is a teachable moment about the first amendment.

1-Laura said what she said. No one stopped her or arrested her.

2-People thought what she said was nasty and expressed it. No one stopped them or arrested them.

3-The company who employed her probably pressured her about it.

4-She quit.

The first amendment is about free speech unabridged by the gov't. You can SAY whatever you want; that doesn't mean speech without repercussions. A preacher on the subway can talk about teh baby jesus as much as they want; doesn't mean I don't get to yell back.
Aug. 19th, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC)

And, you reminded me of another 1st Amendment Point ( since tweeted and facebooked)

1st Amendment Fun: You can only shout "Fire In The Disco, Fire At The Taco Bell" *IN* a Disco & Taco Bell if they are actually on fire.
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