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. TOM13

    Great PALIN you have done it again. Now the GOP (which you are attatched to) will be known as the "we hate everyone whos not white" group. The Democrats thank you 🙂

    August 19, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. MC

    So now we know Ms Palin doesn't have a problem with someone using the n word 11 times and telling someone not to marry outside of their race. I find this interesting given how much she whines about the media saying things about her. So its okay to say things like that to excercise your first admendment rights??

    Okay then, now we know who she really is.


    No longer a fan

    August 19, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. James

    There she goes again Sarah the celebrity opportunist, always on the wrong side of every issue.

    August 19, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. larry

    Palin is an idot

    August 19, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. michael

    Wow, shocked she would support this, she should be embarrassed.
    Keep up the hate mongering sarah, it appears to be all you are good for. No excuse for what the good doctor said...i certainly can no longer respect her and no self respecting person should.

    Her intolerance should not be tolerated.

    August 19, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Concerned College Student

    If its her first amendment rights she feels is being violated, we're obstructionists.

    If its other Americans exercising their first amendment rights, through speech or religion or press, we're Communists, Terrorists or the "lame stream media."

    The only thing news here is that Sarah Palin is a hypocrite, and that's not news.

    August 19, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. darla

    I'm sure Dr.Laura is tickle pink with that kind of support. but after that lets see what she's going to say about Palins way of parenting skills. knowing how she judge parents of teenage pregnancy. But that's not the point as usual the Palin idiotness strikes again because the trouble with Dr. Laura and her caller is not political its about a personal race issue between family that Dr. Laura exhibit insensitively towards her listeners.

    August 19, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Kelli

    Sarah ROCKS!!! Speak truth. Even when it is not PC. In fact, I look forward to the day when PC is no longer PC. Stand up for truth. Have some Back-bone, America!!!

    Dr L, should stand firm!

    August 19, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. nick

    If we needed any more evidence that the RNC and its followers are, were and will be bigots here it is! The RNC poster child says, "...don't retreat..." – that is, use the "N – word" with impunity. Anyone who votes Rupublican who is not white, Anglo-Saxon, and Protestant opught to have their head examined. These GOP'ers want you gone – yes, they want your vote, but have that please return to wherever you or your ancestors came from.

    August 19, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. Mutt

    Shoot yea, Dr. Laura, take that advice from a person that got totally beat in her last election.

    August 19, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Motsy

    WOW...Advice from one BRANIAC to the other.... or maybe I should say BIGOT!

    August 19, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Russell in Tenafly

    Why is CNN rebroadcasting Sarah Palin's Tweet's? This is not news. Let public figures Tweet, and let people read them on Twitter. She is counting on you to rebroadcast them.

    August 19, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. T sankara

    keep talking you dumb-down retard, America is starting to recorgnise you for who you realy are. You racist moron

    August 19, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. CM

    As a long-time listener of Dr. Laura's radio program and reader of many of her books, I found her use of the 'N' word very disturbing and racist! Her apology the next day was the right thing to do. Unfortunately, like some of her listeners, a day after the apology she whined about how she's not able to speak up! Speaking up or shutting up really was and still is within her mind/mouth!!

    August 19, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. Dano

    Palin (and those who'll inevitably agree with her) still misses the point here. Dr. Schlessinger's freedom of speech was not infringed upon in any way. She chose to use offensive language on her program and no one stopped her from doing that. The uproar resulting from that choice is just the rest of the country excerising THEIR freedom of speech to disagree with her choice. Her employers then exercised their right by telling her that as long as she was being paid by them she couldn't use that type of language. I'm quite sure the twit of tweets would have no problem censoring other radio personalities who used profanity on their shows. God forbid a young person hear a swear word, but it's OK if they hear an entire race of people being demeaned right?

    August 19, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. April in Denver

    Although Dr Laura has the right to free speech, the rest of us have the right to reject her racist comments.

    August 19, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. T'SAH from Virginia

    You see – Palin is a very controversial person and she is 'dangerous'!!

    "Dr.Laura:don't retreat...reload!" she states! So it's OK to us the N-Word in its full form – Laura does not think so, which is the reason why she is resigning.

    Then this 'person', Palin, goes on to write other gibberish that proves her daughter is writing it for her. Improper English and the text format definitely have a 'teenage' look to it... but then again, improper English could still be Sarah!!

    That is not enough – she goes on to say ""Dr.Laura=even more powerful & effective w/out the shackles, so watch out Constitutional obstructionists. And b thankful 4 her voice,America!,"

    SHACKLES????? 'Constitutional Obstructionists? And that other word "RELOAD"?? I love the little 'keywords' racist Americans use when they are trying to get a Null and Void point across!! But yet some will say we're overreacting!!

    America is in trouble!!

    August 19, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. Chipster

    Palin was highly offended when someone used the word "retarded" and now she'd defending Dr. Laura's use of such an offensive label? This is where the word "empathy" is once again beyond her comprehension. If you're incapable of realizing that "there but for the grace of God, go you or I" then you don't qualify for public service positions. It isn't quite as easy as shooting wolves from airplanes or clubbing baby seals.

    August 19, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. Mikey

    Just what you want – suport from Sarah. Isn't she 0-5 on political endorsements in August. If she wanted to endorse or otherwise support me in any way, I think I would say, "Thanks, but no thanks!"

    But, please, keep pushing the Palins, Rand Paul's, and Sharon Angle's of the world. Help us keep Congress Blue !!!

    August 19, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. Allen M

    This isn't a freedom of speech issue. Dr. Laura isn't being arrested or criminally prosecuted. She can say whatever she wants, but she has to take responsibility for her words.

    I can call my boss a liar, a cheat, and schondral. I'm completely free to do so, and my boss is completely free to respond.

    And Dr. Laura didn't just use the N-word. She told this woman, who called her up for advice, that she was being too sensitive about race, shouldn't marry outside of her race if she's going to be that sensitive, and accused her of trying to play some kind of race card. All of this in between using the N-word 11 times.

    Oh, and Palin has got to be insane to support this as a freedom of speech issue.

    August 19, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. Taylor

    "Dr.Laura:don't retreat...reload! (Steps aside bc her 1st Amend.rights"

    Palin Said this, but does the the first amendment give Dr. Laura the right to speak in the way that she did, and for Sarah to say that she shouldn't retreat how does the her any better.

    August 19, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. NoBamaLama

    An attemt to tie Palin to the Dr. by CNN.

    More Liberal Oral Manure

    August 19, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. Ron in Califonia

    Dr. Laura learned a hard lesson...the left wing and some organizations are gunning for anyone anytime so that they can intimidate and control. It may be true that her comment as an example was a little over the top but it wasn't meant to be racist or said in anger to hurt. But once gets jumped on. As a white person, I am offended when that word is used over and over in music and comedy and in personal discussion by anyone. But somehow it is only bad if a white person utters the word in any context. It is unfortunate that the race baiters always seem to win. Those folks will not get any respect from me.

    August 19, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. Jaywing

    Dooms Day for Dr. Laura. Once Sarah the Impaler is on your side, it's all over for you. Run for your life Laura - run very hard.

    August 19, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  25. Marcus

    Who could believe that it would happen? Sarah Palin is right!!!

    August 19, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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