Defiant Dr. Laura targets foes in new radio show
By Paul Bond
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - One of the first subjects Laura Schlessinger will tackle in depth on her new Sirius XM Radio talk show in the new year is the one that nearly derailed her.
In confirming the exclusive arrangement to bring her talk show to satellite radio beginning Jan, 3, Schlessinger said Monday she intends to introduce roundtable discussions. Within the first three weeks one topic will be race relations and free speech.
"Racism, bigotry and hate," Schlessinger told the Hollywood Reporter, "what they really are, instead of the politically-inspired efforts to eliminate dissenting opinions or state facts."
The "politically correct version is what happened to me," she said, referencing the controversy that erupted during the summer when she used the "n-word" several times during her show "The Dr, Laura Program" to illustrate her point that the term "racist" is overused.
That incident led liberal activists to call for her dismissal and to encourage advertisers to yank their support. Schlessinger responded in August by announcing she'd end her syndicated show on regular terrestrial radio at year's end.
When she begins on Sirius XM, expect her to come out swinging against those she perceives as being a threat to the First Amendment protecting free speech, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, Democratic U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Media Matters, the organization that spearheaded the attacks against her after her use of the "n-word."
Schlessinger's show on Sirius XM will run live three hours daily with repeats nights and weekends. While there will be about 40 percent less time dedicated to commercials, she still has advertisers, though she would not identify them on Monday.
"They're the ones who called me to stay aboard. They've taken an internal pledge to stand up for free speech," she said. "I'm very proud of them and I won't name them. Media Matters will just have to get a subscription and wait to hear them on the air." Continued...