Last week I posted Dr. Laura's bizarre rant against a caller who asked how to deal with casual racism in her family. Dr. Laura went from "You're probably hypersensitive" to "Black people ruin everything for white people like me!" in about 60 seconds, which, if anything, showed that the caller struck a nerve without even trying. She also said the word "nigger" eleven times, which got the "You can't tell if someone is racist unless you can read their mind" crowd to pay attention.
And now Dr. "Personal Responsibility Means Suck It Up, Assholes" is really mad at how everyone else is causing all the problems in her life so she's holding her breath until she turns blueending her radio show when her contract runs out.
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."
A normal human being would note:
if she doesn't want to be "muzzled," then she shouldn't give up her radio show;
the First Amendment doesn't include a "Deference to Dr. Laura" clause that prevents people from responding to what she says; and
telling a woman she's hypersensitive because Barack Obama's presidency proves racism is over, saying the n-word to her eleven times, and telling her not to marry outside her race all before hanging up on her isn't "helpful and useful."
But we're not talking about a commoner who has to abide by the rules of logic and reason like the rest of us. This is Dr. Laura, who knows that Personal Responsibility is for peasants, not the lords and ladies like her.
It's interesting how she was willing to put up with being called homophobic back in 2000 when she was just calling homosexuality a "biological error." Calling her racist was just one step too far. I don't listen to Dr. Laura regularly, but I'm guessing that if she was able to deliver a rant like that that her racism had shined through in previous shows.
Who knew that was her weakness? Here's her announcing the end of her show on Larry King Live.
She does make a point about how opinionating in a medium that's fundamentally about selling things, not advancing reasonable discourse on important issues, can affect how free people feel to speak their minds (it's not a First Amendment issue, though), except I wonder if she would have gotten a job in the first place if the profit motive were entirely removed from corporate media and radio stations looked for real experts with meaningful things to say instead of controversial firebrands to get listeners riled up. That statement also makes me wonder just what terrible things she wants to say right now that she feels she's holding back.