No rights were violated. To my knowledge the government hasn't done a single thing one way or the other, so how can she have lost her first ammendment rights? Freedom of speech doesn't mean consequence free speech.
That said, from what I've heard about the context of what she said, this is a serious overreaction. She didn't use the dreaded N-word as a slur or an attack. She used it in the context of having a conversation abou that word. The idea that we shouldn't even say the word when we're talking about that very word is ridiculous. Especially since only certain groups of people can't say the N-word. Other groups can use it constantly without any reprocussions. The reaction here is a classic example of hyper political correctness run amok.
Oh, and just to prove that merely uttering (or in this case typing) a word isn't automatically offensive or racist ... NIGGER.
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Seriously, spot on psycho, as usual with your posts.
Simply because ignorant people no longer actually know what the constitution actually does (which, ironically, are often the people also going "Them Damn Libruls are disrespectin the constitution~!") doesn't magically change it. If we assume simply change in common perception and vernacular = change in the constitution then you're opening the door to that being applied to the 2nd amendment and everything else.
You are free to say whatever you want that's within the boundries of the law with regards to infringing upon the rights of others. I am free to react however I wish to it as long as its within the boundries of the law as well. NO ONE has freedom of being understood, of being free from from reprucusions, or freedom from over reaction.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
No one's 1st amendment rights have been violated in either case.
Had the government prohibited the Mosque from building simply because of their religion, or had the government pulled the radio station's license simply because of what Laura said on the air, THEN there'd be a problem.
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Dr Laura is an idiot. The only "right" she lost was the right to spew her stupidity without facing backlash and ramifications. This is the same Dr. Laura idiot that claimed that she was "persecuted" by gays after she lost her TV show due to the backlash created by the hatred she spewed against gays back in the 90's.
No...Dr. Laura....America is still the land of the free....however, you are not free to spew your propoganda and not face the consequences that rise up as a result.
What a fool!....
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No. Dr. Laura's 1st Amendment rights as a talk radio personality are not being taken away. If anything, her sponsors have decided that she crossed over the line of on-air ediquette and diplomacy and yanked some of their sponsorship from her show. As such, Dr. Laura feels that she's being unduly limited in her ability to say what she wants. Well, I got news for her. She did this to herself. Nobody made her say the words that came out of her mouth. Nobody closed her ears so that she didn't listen to the issue the black female caller was attempting to address and seak her advise over. Instead, Dr. Laura went off in a completely different direction and got caught up in her own angry rant. Now, granted, since the issue was about racial insensativity, the caller was the one who used the "N-word" as an example of the racial insensativity issue she was addressing since as we all know the caller was black, her husband is white and it was her husband's white friends who were causing the caller the problem. Had Dr. Laura listened and addressed the caller's problem instead of going off in a completely different direction, maybe she wouldn't feel as though her 1st Amendment right to free speech - to say whatever she wants to say on the air - are being tread upon.
Oh, and BTW, as the good Dr. is so fond of saying, "How you 'feel' about a particular situation doen't matter." She stepped into her own mess. Seems as though she's taking out her own trash.
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And any woman who happens to hear the word 'bitch' isn't going to go on Larry King and express what an "ordeal" it was and how wonderful it is that everyone is "supporting" her through this "tough time" and how she has "crying fits" because she was forced to hear the word on the airwaves.