August 19th, 2010
10:07 AM ET
4 years ago

Palin to Dr. Laura: 'Don't retreat'

 Sarah Palin is standing behind Dr. Laura Schlessinger.
Sarah Palin is standing behind Dr. Laura Schlessinger.

(CNN) – Embattled radio talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger, who earlier this week announced she was ending her radio show, is finding an ally in Sarah Palin.

A day after Schlessinger told CNN's Larry King she was ending her show amid controversy over her repeated use of the N-word during an on-air conversation, Palin tweeted, "don't retreat...reload!"

"Dr.Laura:don't retreat...reload! (Steps aside bc her 1st Amend.rights ceased 2exist thx 2activists trying 2silence"isn't American,not fair")" Palin wrote on Twitter Wednesday night.

"Dr.Laura=even more powerful & effective w/out the shackles, so watch out Constitutional obstructionists. And b thankful 4 her voice,America!," Palin added in a second tweet.

National furor erupted when Schlessinger used the N-word 11 times in five minutes during an August 10 call with an African-American woman who was seeking advice on how to deal with racist comments from her white husband's friends and relatives. The conversation evolved into a discussion on whether it's appropriate to use the word ever, with Schlessinger arguing it's used on HBO and by black comedians.

Schlessinger apologized the following day, saying, "I was attempting to make a philosophical point, and I articulated the N-word all the way out - more than one time. And that was wrong. I'll say it again - that was wrong."

While Schlessinger told King on Tuesday that she was still "regretful" over the incident, she said she feels her freedom of speech rights "have been usurped by angry, hateful groups who don't want to debate - they want to eliminate."


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  1. mw

    Dr.Laura what you said was hurtful and you know it, or you just don't care. There is a difference between humor and real life. That's a comiedian's job to make people laugh, I don't care what color you are. When some words are used just to hurt people or scare them as Miss Palin does on a daily bases, then it is time for someone or anyone w/common sense to speak up.

    Dr. Laura you have been in this business for 30 years, when did your common sense leave you. Please stay away from Miss Palin, cause you will not get them back from her. By the way, what you said to the caller was hurtful, not helpful. Go to her, talk w/her about the situation not the media. I'm sure you both can come out of this ok. Get back on the air. In 30 years, I'm sure you have helped someone.

    August 19, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    So Palinesque of Silly Sarah to promote someone who clearly is a racist. I'm sure the N word gets tossed around Dr. Laura's dinner table frequently.

    August 19, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. RN

    with Sarah's endorsement Dr Laura might not be able to find work again. Maybe Dr Laura could apologize for that and it would build her credibility.

    August 19, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. Terry - Indiana

    Sarah Palin might be the dumbest woman in America. Set aside the fact that she is a racist, she is so dumb, she believes she can see Russia from her house in Wasilla, AK.

    August 19, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. stevetall

    Could Sarah Palin be anymore retarded? The answer is 'no'. This wom,an should be committed to a place where they can help the insane. A perfect example of a person born and raised in this country, but who has no clue about what it means to be an American.

    August 19, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. George Harris

    You can count on the Wasilla Wizard($arah Palin) to be on the side of anything that is negative and high profile. She know her value in dollars increases every time she opens her mouth.

    August 19, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. Klaxon McFlinderginder

    I do so hope Sarah Palin is the Republican candidate in 2012. The comedy of this woman is priceless. The barely literate, barely comprehensible tweets are just gems of tanglebrain revelation.

    However, considering that she endorsed 5 people in the recent elections, all of whom lost, I think it is safe to say Palin won't have to worry about whether to quit her presidency half way through.

    August 19, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. FAUX NEWS is FIXED NEWS

    Palin is just plain STUPID!!

    We are all talking about the sensitivity of building a mosque close by ground zero, yet Palin is NOT being sensitive to those who are offended by use of the n-word...and actually supporting, aiding and asking her to reload her vocabulary with more derogatory and mean-spirited n-words!

    What is this supposedly "Dr." Laura reloading?...to use more n-words under the guise of her 1st amendment!...Is the first amendment rights exclusively made for Palin & her ilks?....Well, Americans can call out "Dr." Laura & idiot Palin for their BS by using the same 1st amendment rights....to stop them from using insensitive words!

    And "Dr." Laura & idiot Palin are supposedly conservative "family values" mothers with kids....wonder what they are teaching their children & what this country is turning into! – Despicable!!!!!!!!

    August 19, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. MC

    So i guess its awful to use the word retard but using the n word is okay because its not directed at her family...wow sarah, now we know who and what you really are!

    August 19, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. AEK

    Oh yeah, take the advice of Sarah Palin on not quitting a job! That's hilarious! Does she EVER listen to the things she says or actually read the stuff she writes? You know, maybe if she'd stop hiding out in Facebook and Twitter land she'd be more believable...NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 19, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. Michael

    Mrs Palin, you just don't get it. Of course Dr. Laura has the right to say almost anything in the public arena. She just has to accept the consequences for those statements. Let some MORON call your beautiful baby boy some hurtful things and get back to us on that...

    August 19, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. Jay

    Shut up idiot. Learn to make a coherent point before you start thinking you qualify to give advice to someone.

    Again, shut up idiot. Go back to Wasilla please. Leave the rest of us, who think you are nothing but white trash that got lucky when an old delusional fool mistakenly selected you to be something more important, alone.

    August 19, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. derrick

    So I suppose Sarah Palin supports the use of calling black people the "N" word. Where is the uproar? She is a racist stupid woman who thrives on hate and division.

    August 19, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Nicole from Ohio

    Both of these people are repulsive creatures. And why does SP always use the term "reload". Seems like someone has a predilection for violence. They both make me sick to my stomach.

    August 19, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. anagram_kid

    Too funny!!! Palin advising someone not to quit. If only Palin would recognize her intellectual and ethical limitations and retreat too.

    August 19, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. Horace in Miami

    Now you know where this heathen stands on race issues!

    August 19, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. Drew, FL

    Here we go again. Stoke the fires! Defend racist white folks! Thank you John McCain for the half-governing twit.

    I heard the whole Dr. Laura exchange. It's obvious the woman is racist. She hid behind the excuse of black comedians on HBO saying. She went on to say "Don't NAACP me", told the woman she shouldn't have married out of her race, she's hypersensitive and con't her rant after hanging up on her. Shameless and obvious racism.

    Caribou Barbie should only speak when she can sound smarter than a fifth grader. Until then, she should have a coke and a smile....

    August 19, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. cocitizen

    Two of kind. That's not a compliment for either one of them.

    August 19, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. KLK

    Hopefully, this is the final nail in the coffin for Sarah. Please CNN, no more stories about these right-wing nut job cooks.

    August 19, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. James, AL

    It is untrue to say that people don't want to debate the race issue, but that was not a debate. Dr. Laura went on a verbal rampage. We MUST have intelligent discussions about race where we are listening to each other and not presume to know what each one thinks.
    FYI Dr. Laura, not all African Americans use the N-word and most find it offensive.

    August 19, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. Sherri Ragsdale

    Wasn't Sarah Palin the one who wanted people fired for saying the word retard? Why don't they have the right to freedom of speech when using that word? I could say a lot of derogatory things about Palin, but to me this just shows how prejudice that she really is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 19, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. Robert Cloosdoosch

    ...from one quitter to another.

    Palin is another moron who does not understand the first amendment. Dr Laura's 1st amendment rights did not cease to exist...
    she chose to no longer exercise them.

    August 19, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. graymi

    are you serious? so now she endorses racist comments? oh. my. god. people actually want this idiot as president????

    August 19, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. Retarded

    So, she wants the word "retarded" to not be used, but is vehemently defending the 1st amendment on use of the "N" word. Palin just put the nail in her political coffin. Disgrace.

    August 19, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. Laverne

    Listen to the #1 quitter Sarah Palin. This woman is such a double talker, she quit her job because she couldn't handle the pressure and mostly because she couldn't say whatever she wanted to say and act like a fool as she do most of the time. She can't speak, can't spell, can't remember and can't be trusted. She is a JOKE!

    August 19, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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