August 19th, 2010
07:36 PM ET
10 years ago

Palin defends controversial talk show host in Facebook post

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Sarah Palin defended Dr. Laura Schlessinger on Thursday."](CNN) – Sarah Palin defended Dr. Laura Schlessinger on Thursday, comparing her own critics to those who have called for the resignation of the embattled radio talk show host in the wake of Schlessinger's repeated use of the N-word during a broadcast.

Palin's defense of Schlessinger, which Palin posted on her Facebook page, is the second time the former Alaska governor has defended the talk show host. Palin came to Schlessinger's defense on Wednesday via Twitter, telling the radio host: "don't retreat...reload!"

Palin expounded on those thoughts in the Facebook post.

"Does anyone seriously believe that Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a racist?" Palin wrote. "Anyone, I mean, who isn't already accusing all conservatives, Republicans, Tea Party Americans, etc., etc., etc. of being racists?"

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 ever use the word, 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."

On Tuesday, Schlessinger told CNN's Larry King she was ending her show and was "regretful" over the incident. The talk show host also 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."

On Thursday, Palin said the host's critics were unfair, and that she sympathizes with Schlessinger.

"I can understand how she could feel 'shackled' by those who would parse a single word out of decades of on-air commentary," Palin wrote. "I understand what she meant when she declared that she was 'taking back my First Amendment rights' by turning to a new venue that will not allow others the ability to silence her by going after her stations, sponsors, and supporters."

Palin added, "That's why I tend to defend people who call it like they see it while others stop at nothing to shut them up. I learned this valuable lesson when the partisan obstructionists in my state tried to shackle, bankrupt, and destroy my family and supporters, and my record, with endless frivolous litigation when I returned from the Vice Presidential campaign trail."

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  1. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Palin is a RACIST..... like we didn't know this already?

    August 19, 2010 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  2. BeverlyNC

    Dr Laura is a female Rush Limbaugh. First, she is NOT a doctor and should not be giving anyone advice. She has a doctorate in English. She misrepresents herself and is an arrogant, sick, racist, jerk.

    She and Sarah Palin deserve each other. They are equally as extreme, stupid, and arrogant. They are fake celebreties.

    Her 1st Amendment rights have not been touched. She got called on being a racist and took her candy and went home. She NEVER apologized and she should NEVER be on the air, TV, or be allowed to sell another book.

    This nation does not need more HATERS like her. We have a whole Republican Party who does more than enough of that.

    August 19, 2010 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  3. Francisco Cardenas

    Palin is a racist and she doesn't hide it very well.

    August 19, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  4. hankers

    "Palin added, "That's why I tend to defend people who call it like they see it " ... she really doesn't get it does she?

    August 19, 2010 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  5. ruty

    Send Palin on the next flight in space and never bring the space ship back.

    August 19, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  6. Rebecca

    Palin is always about the rights of people, as long as the people are on the right.

    August 19, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  7. Steve in Denver

    Yes, Sarah, I believe that you, laura, limbaugh, and much of the conservative mouths are racists. You are working for nothin less than building a ultra-rich ruling class and a christian theocracy, where anyone unlike you is a second class citizen.

    August 19, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  8. Mr.T Bag

    "don't retreat...reload!" (?)

    Apparently Sarah Palin doesn't like n*****s - and thinks it's fine to use derogatory slurs.

    Sarah Palin is a retard... (oops, I forgot she doesn't like that word!)

    August 19, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  9. doug

    This woman only opens her month to change feet.

    August 19, 2010 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  10. pumaspirit

    No surprise since thery are both privledged entitled racist white supremists who both need therapy. Can anyone take Palin who has become a reality TV show actress seriously? Would be great if they would both disappear.

    August 19, 2010 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This radio personality knew that the word was controversial from the get go. This was to raise ratings, but she wasn't aware of the backlash that it caused. To support her is to accept people saying hateful words all the time without accepting the responsiblity of what those words mean. Words have consequences and people need to be aware of that; especially those that are in a position of influence or authority.

    August 19, 2010 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  12. DankoRamone

    Did she ever give back the clothing, speaking of her and her troubles since the election?

    August 19, 2010 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  13. TX-MBell

    You have always tried to help people feel better about themselves and have given guidance that helped them overcome the put-downs of others. In this instance you are the one being put down and you don’t seem to know how to handle that. Laura, you need to take some pointers from Rush. As long as you are an apologetic pushover and let the political hacks toss you around like a stuffed effigy, they will.
    You should know that the interviewers that you’ve aired with on this matter were not trying to clarify or defuse the issue but to give credence to the malice of those attacking you. Their questions were baiting and leading and because of your contriteness you were easily led down their paths laced with guile.

    August 19, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  14. Stacey, Connecticut

    I have a right to call it as I see too, Sarah. And I see you as a despicable human being. To openly tout and encourage racism is absolutely despicable.

    August 19, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  15. Carramea

    Sarah or Sarah you are that dumb arent you

    August 19, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  16. ithink

    I think Dr. Laura and Sarah was upset because the black woman was married to a white man. Sarah doesn't have one and Dr. Laura probably can't get one.

    August 19, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  17. Justin

    Why are we still listening to what this woman has to say? The only message that I get from her is that when things get hard, you should just go ahead and quit. That doesn't sound very American... maybe that's why she's such a "rogue."

    August 19, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  18. Bob

    I'm not sure which one is more racist! Dr Laura for saying she has Freedom of Speech to say the N word if she wants? Or Palin for saying don't "Shackle" us down by not letting us say the N word?

    August 19, 2010 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  19. WillBill

    Sarah P. said there's not a racist bone in any of them good ole tea partiers and conservatives and republicans bodies.Liberals are jest a makin it all up. I guess Dr Laura should be able to use the "n" word when ever she wants to its her first amendment right. Sarah+Dr Laura= 2 real wackos

    August 19, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  20. Buster

    Governor Palin of course the left thinks everyone who does not think like them are racists. The fact is the liberals and demorats are racists because they seek to keep minority people dependent on the government so they control their votes.

    August 19, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  21. Tracy

    You make me vomit lady..... Ughh!!!!

    August 19, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  22. Mikey

    News Flash Palin she dropped the N bomb 11 times in 5 minutes, I'm black and I can't drop the N bomb that many times in two minutes

    August 19, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  23. Tracy

    Are you really this stupid...? Where the hell is John Mccain..? John, you need your arse kicked for bring this moron to light.

    August 19, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  24. Bianca

    Of course Palin defends someone who uses a word that may offend black people. Read the history of the palin family before she became governor and it will become clear to you why she is on the defense. She IS a racist. Don't take my word for some research..........
    "dont retreat, reload?" oh she thinks she is so tough!

    August 19, 2010 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  25. rgvsciguy

    This coming from a woman who moaned and complained over the use of the word "retarded?!?" Give me a break!

    August 19, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
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