Palin defends Dr. Laura Schlessinger, telling her: 'Don't retreat. . . reload'

Friday, August 20, 2010

A day after talk radio host Laura Schlessinger quit her show, following criticism for using the N-word repeatedly in a broadcast, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin told her: "Don't retreat . . . reload!"

Palin wrote in a post on Twitter that Schlessinger's First Amendment rights "ceased 2exist thx 2activists trying 2silence" her. Such activism "isn't American, not fair," she added.

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

Schlessinger struck the same chord in an interview with Larry King in which she announced her decision. "The reason is, I want to regain my First Amendment rights. I want to be able to say what is on my mind," she said.

After the N-word broadcast aired, Schlessinger apologized for using the racial epithet. "I articulated the N-word all the way out -- more than one time," she said. "And that was wrong. I'll say it again -- that was wrong." She said she "realized I had made a horrible mistake, and was so upset, I could not finish the show."

-- Rachel Weiner

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