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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" 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. Pangloss

    Common Sense to Dr. Laura: Don't listen to anything from the mouth or blackberry of Palin.

    August 19, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Dave

    Once again, Sarah Palin proves that it's a good idea to engage one's brain before opening one's mouth. That's assuming Palin has a brain. I wouldn't put money on it...

    August 19, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. A True Centrist

    The word shouldn't have been used...period. However, people also must understand the context in which she was using it before calling her a racist and demanding apologies etc...

    August 19, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Lisa P

    So now our Constitution is about "obstruction" according to Mrs. Palin? Because Free Speech only applies to the race-baiters she agrees with, not the ones who call them out?

    I would be more than happy to help her never have to swear to uphold the Constitution again, poor little baby...

    August 19, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |

    If she was not arrested, then her first ammendment rights are not in question. Those calling for her firing and giving her flack are exercizing THEIR first ammendment rights..Dr. Laura, do you want to take away peoples right to critize you?

    August 19, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. pubertmcfly

    sara palin is a joke

    August 19, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. Dave

    I love the common complaint that 1st amendment rights are being violated. Excuse me, but the first amendment doesn't guarantee you a paid radio host gig.

    Say the N-Word all you want, just don't complain because someone won't pay you to say it in front of a national audience.

    August 19, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  8. Eunice in Memphis, Tennessee

    This could be our next President. GW Bush was a joke but America voted him in twice. She is just plain dumb.

    August 19, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. Sally

    Just what she needs...a woman telling her to load up her gun and get out there shootin' for bear. Great image, Sarah...have you been watching white supremist movies again?

    August 19, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. me

    Does Sarah Palin not understand what transpired? Wait, my mistake, Sarah Palin doesn't understand any thing beyond moose recipes.

    August 19, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    A word to you Dr. Drivel....RUN AWAY FROM THIS CANCER AS FAST AS YOU CAN!!!!!! On another note.....Go Sarah, win the GOP nomination in 2012!! Show everyone how utterly clueless the GOP can be by winning the nomination and then quitting by mid-October

    August 19, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. once upon a horse

    Dr. Laura if you really want to do the right thing when you leave PLEASE take this idiot woman with you!

    August 19, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. Derek from Boston

    What if Dr. Laura said "retarded", instead?

    Could someone in this infectious cesspool called Main Stream Media pose this question to Mrs. Palin?

    August 19, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. kierthos

    Sarah Palin, once again, proves she does not understand the First Amendment.

    August 19, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Ben Ben

    So in other words Palin supports racism. wow. what a surprise.

    August 19, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Mike

    Seems like Freedom of Speech depends on the color of your skin.

    August 19, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. Buster

    No doubt the moocher class will never be happy with the good Doctor.

    August 19, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. CharmedMuggle

    I just returned from Europe and it was SO embarrassing to try to answer questions about Palin and WHY WHY WHY people over here love her. They cannot believe that people are even taking her serious and this article is an example of why Palin is so embarrassing to the US.

    August 19, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. WI doesn't like Palin

    Wow Palin give up before you REALLY piss someone off

    August 19, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  20. Mindsett

    So now Ms. Palin is asking for the Country to accept racist behavior under our freedom of speech. America is heading down a slippery slope fast and it seems like we're looking forward to the crash. First a mosque here, a Constitutional change there, and suprise the old America is back. Yeah right! You can't profess to be a beacon of freedom and tolerance to the world, and at the same time act counter to those ideas. This is what is making those wishing for our downfall smile. Yes Ms. Palin, you and the far right are allowing the terrorist to WIN.

    August 19, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Well, given Caribou Barbie's track record lately, it looks like "Dr." Laura has been officially given the "Kiss of Death"! You may as well pack it in and sign off. Hey, maybe Sarah the Quitter will invite you to be a guest on one of her Faux news shows!

    August 19, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. jc

    Really? Does she realllly want to talk about PROTECTING the constitution? after all that changing 14th mumbo jumbo?

    August 19, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. Abiding Lib

    Palin is the biggest political opportunist ever born. I think she really thinks that aligning herself with a racist (or one who goes on an arguably racist rant) will score her more points with her Tea Partiers. And it may. Let's just hope that the other Repubs who are on the fence about her are just as sickened by her opportunism/alignment as I am.

    August 19, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. Get With The Program

    haa! Palin is the stupidest woman in America. truly truly idiotic.

    August 19, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. Nick , California

    "Dr.Laura=even more powerful & effective w/out the shackles, so watch out Constitutional obstructionists"

    Yeah.. how about the freedom of RELIGION (mosque in NY) Sarah!!! You uphold the constitution only when it benefits your cause! You don't want gays to marry... when the judge in CA found absolutely no evidence to prove that gay marriage threatens heterosexual marriage!! (just plain old intolerance). You kick and scream that we are being invaded by ALIENS!!! And now you want to change our 14th Amendment!!! Why can't you see the hypocrisy in your message?! Do you not have confidence in our nation of laws and justice for all?! When did we start to second guess ourselves??!! It is easy to peddle fear.. but it takes courage to bring the people together!

    August 19, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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