NPR article about the flap about Laura Schlessinger who said some things that people didn't like, then she quit, saying she had to get her 1st Amendment rights back.
The gist of NPR's article is that she has always had her first amendment rights. What she didn't have was economic freedom to say what she wanted. When she quit her show that depended on advertising to pay for her and everyone else's salary, she gave herself freedom from economic pressures. By going through her blog and You Tube and books, etc, she targets her specific audience and doesn't have to please a larger more general audience that advertisers often target.
I'm glad someone puts it straight. Thank you NPR. See the article here.