It seems that Dr. Laura Schlessinger suffers from the same confliction that beset The Dixie Chicks – DELUSION.
Yesterday on CNN’s Larry King Live, the radio talk show host announced that she would not renew her contract which is up at the end of this year. She blabs on and on to King that she wants to “regain my First Amendment rights.”
She, like the Dixie Chicks, seems to forget that with rights come responsibility. One can’t have a nationally broadcasted radio show and say the N-word nearly a dozen times in the span of five minutes with no expectations of consequences, be it calls for boycotts, lost listeners, or even lost advertisers.
If the reader may recall, back in 2003, the Dixie Chicks sparked controversy when they criticized then President George W. Bush while they were on tour in Europe, saying in part, that they were ashamed the President was from Texas. Country music railed against them. Fans stopped buying their records, radio stations refused to play their songs.
Their retort was something to the effect of ‘we have a right to free speech.’ This is a very true statement. But radio stations have a right to play what it wants to play. And consumers have a right to buy the cds they want to and go see the movies they want to. Just ask Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson.
Whether you like him or not, President Bush was completely accurate when his response to the Dixie Chicks was “Freedom is a two-way street.”