August 19th, 2010
07:36 PM ET
11 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. Palin Power

    This is a clear sign that Sarah Palin will be our greatest president and she will help get Dr. Laura back on air. Dr. Laura delivers the best advice in the universe and has the strongest morality and integrity just like Sarah Palin. We need women like Dr. Laura and Sarah Palin as all of our future presidents.

    August 20, 2010 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  2. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Granny Sarah Grizzly...sittin in a rockin chair in the back of the truck...with a double barrel shotgun ready to reload and dispense some second amendment justice!

    August 20, 2010 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  3. Jon

    These two quitters should get together and quit something else. Preferably their bid for celebrity.

    August 20, 2010 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  4. youhavetoadmit

    Whether you like her or not, you have to admit something to yourselves.

    This is about eliminating someone completely from debate, instead of challenging anybody anymore. Now what it is comes down to is how many legal avenues does it take to shut someone up, simply because you completely disagree with whatever their message might be about. Take Holder not reading a law after already attacking it as unreasonable. That's a good example. It's jumping to conclusions to win arguments today. How quickly can you knock out your opponent before you must actually engage them intellectually. For those of you supporting a thoughful American Way of life, it has become a nation of hit and run tactics, and less about debate or even knowledgeable discourse. It really doesn't matter what side you are on anymore, it might as well be children with fingers in their ears and who can scream the loudest to block everything from coming in. Recess is almost over children. Where are you going to go?

    August 20, 2010 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  5. neil

    this lady is the is a deamon both of them.

    August 20, 2010 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  6. Don W

    LISTEN! WE HAVE NO PLACE FOR RACIST TALK! When are we all going to talk to each other with respect instead of retoric? We don't need wedges; rather, a lot more love, repect, and friendship. The Mainstream media won't tolerate racism; Conservative radio (and TV) shouldn't tolerate it, either!

    August 20, 2010 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
  7. monica mccain

    Complete idiot. If she doesn't sit her tail down & shut up she will continue to lose any hope for 2012. Fine w/ me !

    August 20, 2010 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  8. clap

    someone should shackle Palin's mouth. I am over saturated with her commentaries.

    August 20, 2010 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
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