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. DoubleStandard

    It's OK for "Dr" Laura to say the N word over and over to millions of radio listeners, but Rahm Emanuel can't say "retard" in a private meeting and you wait months to complain about that? What about Rahm's First Amendment rights, $arah?

    August 19, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Real Time Mike

    So Sarah Palin says using a racial epithet is perfectly acceptable? I don't think anything else needs to be said; that's as clear as crystal. Sarah Palin thinks the use of racial epithets is acceptable.

    August 19, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    There you have it Republicans, Palin just put your heads on a platter and served it to you.

    August 19, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Billy

    She's OK with protectiong the first ammendment to allow someone to spew hate, but not to allow people to worship where they please. This woman needs help.

    August 19, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. Bridgett

    So is Sarah supporting the use of a negative word to demean people. The 1st Amend is not to use derogatory words toward other human being.

    Dr. L why use the word several times and think its okay and you know the hate behind such an a word. Racism is not okay at any point and to have Sarah on your side surely promotes and incites that ugly matter.

    August 19, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. onlysanetexanleft

    I love the way that CNN and every other news outlet publishes everything that Palin says on social media sites without adding any real journalism to the article. CNN, how about you speak to Palin's lack of understanding of matter. Dr. Laura was protected under the 1st amendment to say whatever she wanted to say. That has nothing to do with a corporation saying you can't say it on theier radio station that they own. I'm pretty sure I can't come on CNN and drop F-bombs. Not because you guys are taking my 1st amendment rights away but because one, FCC doesn't allow it and two CNN, as a corporation doesn't like it either. Sound to me like Ms. Palin has a beef with capitalism and not the1st Amendment. Dr. Laura could cut an album and use the N-word 11 million times and sell it if she wanted to and there was a label that wanted to distribute it.

    August 19, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |

    Sarah Palin a bigot! I'd never have thought that.

    August 19, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Can't win with this bunch!

    Oh and by the way.... Palin Dr L did not even address the lady's question. She was like.... It's a black person... Now I can use my N words!!!!!

    August 19, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. ps

    Perfect, one airhead offering advice to another!

    August 19, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Tracy from Delaware

    Is anyone surprised! Please. Palin is nothing more boob with 3 inch heels.

    August 19, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. patNY

    Laura is Not a real Doctor...her degree is in Phys. Ed!

    Palin is nothing but a failed quitting shrill of an ex-governor of a pion state, who took 6 years to get her barbazon school of journalism degree!

    August 19, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. Robbin

    I am SO TIRED of people giving Sarah Palin the time of day!

    Palin is to Politics what idiot reality-show stars are to TV and film. She's an idiot who has no real significance in the world, and is cashing in on being the poster-child of the wave of far-right idiocy that is sweeping this country.

    August 19, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. If you want something ruined let a democratic community organizer run it

    I concur. Its her first amendemnt right to speak her mind. We cannot allow one portion of the population to control what words the remainder may use while they themselves use the word freely. As Obozo stated last week, freedom of religion is part of our nation's foundation, so to is freedom of speech.

    I'm holding my breath for Obumbum to make a similar statement of behalf of Dr. Laura, oh wait, he's going on another vacation.

    August 19, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. Steve in Denver

    You're accusing anybody of being a constitutional obstructionist? You, one of the right wing noise machine who would deny land owners the right to build their community center on their land in lower Manhattan because you don't approve of their religion?

    I thought this whole mosque thing was rediculous. However, it is starting to separate the Americans from those who would trade our liberty for a theocracy. You are either for property rights or against them. Palin is against them. You are either for the first amendment or against it. Palin is against it.

    I couldn't care less what words this radio host uses. She is far more offensive with the ideas she puts forth than the words she uses to do so. She, and most of her right wing talking heads, believes in an elite ruling class of ultra-wealthy WASPS, all the while accusing hard working Democrats of being elitist thugs. They profess to be christian, but obvously haven't read anything about Christ (perhaps other than "onward Christian soldiers")

    August 19, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. Yair

    I will miss Dr. Laura's voice.

    August 19, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. Who Cares?

    Wow..Maybe the single biggest idiot in the public eye. She makes people like Lohan and Hilton seem Einstienion.

    August 19, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Steve in Denver

    Don't retreat, reload. In other words, amplify your offensive behavior. Good suggestion. Works for Limbaugh.

    August 19, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. rta

    .everything that comes from sarah palin talks about fighting. she uses words such as reload, she growls her pathetic opinions like a grizzly bear, but just like a bully she hides behind her tweets and her safe environment and audience from fox tv.
    she criticizes, promotes racial and religious tension and she takes up too much hot air when she shrills her defense of america, the constitution and whatever values she claims.
    she, michelle bachman, sharon engle and other women who don't have a clue and compassion for all people especially during this tough economic times will continue to take america in a direction that we will never be as great as they continue to espouse this what they want. this woman and others like her are dangerous.

    August 19, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. The Choobs

    Dr. Laura willingly resigned her show in the face of protest – whcih is ALSO free speech. Her free speech was neither censored by radio stations nor was she fired. So how is this a "free speech" issue? Aren't people allowed to protest things others say that they finid abhorent? The attempt to paint this as "free speech" rather than what it is – ignorant and insensative babbling – is typical of how the right tries to avoid simply apologizing for being wrong.

    August 19, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. Eddie B

    Once again Palin has shown that she is the biggest idiot that gets any attention in politics. "Don't retreat. Reload"? Are you kidding me. She uses these dumb phrases to appeal to her constiuents who are typical militia gun toting rednecks. Don't retreat from using the n word repeatedly and attacking a black caller saying she is too sensitive to it? What 1st amendment rights of hers have been violated? As the great Fred Sanford aka Red Foxx use to say "You great big dummy"!!!!

    August 19, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. Cameron

    More and more Sarah Palin is sounding like the racist she really is. Wow!!! If she would ever get back into office all African Americans and Hispanics and people of color better get ready for the lynchings to return. Only this time she will legalize them under the guise of "reloading"! All Americans, black, white or red ought to be against any effort she is part of. Or is she just that dumb!?

    August 19, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. Video Guy

    Interesting that when someone says some real dumb stuff and people point it out, out come the Freedom of speech etc.

    Both these women are free to be be idiots. But when your call to task for you empty head comments, stop with the Freedom of Speech, and I am woman so I am right crap.

    August 19, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. Jerrold

    Just when you thought nothing Palin could do would suprise you. Sarah obviously is not seeking advice before she puts her foot in her mouth. I look forward to reading how people get behind her on this. Dr. Laura was not just wrong in what she said but she was also insincere in her apology which was clearly damage control. To not only support what was said but even up the anty with the "Reload" comment shows that Sarah does not understand the first thing about having the right to freedom of speech. We can say almost anything in this country which is our right but that right is powerful and when used in this manner hurtful.

    August 19, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. morris hammer

    I am more then tired of Sarah Palin. Her insensitivity to anything beyond her limited world concerns me. To think that people think she is a leader is of great concern. It is ok for her to lash out at things that she feels are cruel, but if someone attacks her, then it is the liberal media...cant have it both ways..

    August 19, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  25. Mary

    No one is challenging Dr. Laura Schlessinger's first amendment rights. Rather, Dr. Schlessinger and Ms. Palin are challenging the public's first amendment rights to respond to Dr. Laura's statements. The government is not censoring anyone's comments.

    August 19, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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