Dr. Laura Quits: Was She Forced Out or Were Her First Amendment Rights Really in Jeopardy?

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ByABC News
August 18, 2010, 8:37 AM

Aug. 18, 2010— -- On the heels of a controversy surrounding her repeated use of the N-word on the air, Dr. Laura Schlessinger announced last night that her decades-long career on talk radio will be coming to an end this December.

"I made the decision not to do radio anymore," Schlessinger said on CNN's "Larry King Live." "I want to regain my first amendment rights. I want to be able to say what is on my mind, in my heart, what I think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry."

Just last week in a debate about racism on her radio program, the conservative host used a racial slur 11 times on the air.

"Black guys use it all the time. Turn on HBO. Listen to a black comic. And all you hear is n----, n----, n----," Schlessinger said.

The use of the word quickly drew fire, and Schlessinger apologized for her comments the next day.

Though her syndicated radio show will end, Schlessinger says she's not retiring and promises to continue to speak out on the issues.

Our question to you today: Was Dr. Laura forced out, or do you think her first amendment rights were really in jeopardy?

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