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Letterman apologizes for joke, but Palin supporters vow to continue fight

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Under fire for a risque joke last week, David Letterman has apologized to Gov. Sarah Palin and her supporters. But a group urging CBS to fire the host says it's still not enough. 

On CBS' "Late Show" tonight, Letterman says he's sorry about a monologue earlier this month in which he joked that New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez impregnated Palin's daughter during a game. Letterman has said he intended the joke to be in reference to Palin's 18-year-old daughter Bristol, but Gov. Palin actually attended the game with her 14-year-old daughter Willow. Some critics have accused Letterman of joking about statutory rape.

"I told a bad joke," Letterman told viewers at an afternoon taping. "I told a joke that was beyond flawed, and my intent is completely meaningless compared to the perception.  And since it was a joke I told, I feel that I need to do the right thing here and apologize for having told that joke.  It's not your fault that it was misunderstood, it's my fault."

He concluded, "I'm sorry about it and I'll try to do better in the future."

However, the Los Angeles talk radio host behind the group firedavidletterman.com told The Times that Letterman's apology falls short.

"I'm glad he's acknowledged we're right," said John Ziegler, a creator of the film "Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted" and who this month began a new show on KGIL. "I think it's a good first step in the right direction, but I don't think it's enough." Part of the problem, he added, is that Letterman made a "horrendous attempt at an apology" last week, when he devoted several relatively light-hearted minutes to the controversy, invited Palin on his program and repeated the joke.  

Ziegler said he was not sure what sanction Letterman should face, but options should include suspension and firing. The host could also donate to a charity of Gov. Palin's choice, he said. Meanwhile, the group is still planning a rally Tuesday outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, where Letterman tapes his show.

CBS did not respond to a request for comment beyond Letterman's remarks.

-Scott Collins  

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Get over it ! He said he was sorry and would not do it again. You think he should pay for it with the loss of his job? You should lose yours for suggesting that ! Sarah Palin is not a Goddess, She is not even a good Governator in my opinion, but we all have one of those, some of you are one !,,,,( ! ),,,, Get on with your life. You sound like a Hoard Third World Radicals in your zealotry ! Keep up the excellent work Dave, Just stay away from material that involves minors (under 18) you might upset someone? Eh? This person (Palin) wants all the publicity She can get, let her sink into obscurity. She want's to be President ? LOL,LOL. Govern your Great State Sarah. Your lucky to be Governor of such a Great Place !! I don't understand how you duped Alaskans to elect you? How good are you at "Ask an Alaskan" I'll bet I could out do you !

Of course if Gov Palin practiced at home what she preaches in public, there would never have been any jokes to make in the first place. In reality her followers love what has happened as it has kept her in the public eye despite her enormous irrelevance.

Enough of this. This type of petty distraction just keeps us from focusing on more important issues.

Dave's now made his apology, Palin now needs to shut up and go home, and we need to get back to more important matters.

Letterman should not have continued his apology to a vacuous lighting rod for the uneducated far Right. If her teenage daughter was not an unwed mother while she she plays the role of the pure and the moral American candidate, Letterman's writers would not have even thought of such a line. The hypocrisy bothers Republicans not one whit.

I think the joke was in bad taste and should have been taken care of much sooner, but the media was soooooooo not targeting Palin during the election; it's her own dumb fault she can't mention a single publication she regularly reads. It really wasn't that hard of a question. She could have named anything. But she is an idiot, and thank God she isn't in any position of power.

"Fire David Letterman"? This is the crowd that can't stop whining about Democrats shutting down free speech, but when a late-night comedian tells a joke they don't like, they say he should be fired. Such hypocrites.

Stop calling for his head, he's failing on his own.

Why would anyone in their right mind care what a failed hack like KGIL's John Ziegler thinks about ANYTHING?

This makes me sick! I cannot believe that he and NBC have caved in to this relentless self-victimization by passel of right-wingers for political gain when legitimate political or intellectual victory seem unreachable. Truth be told, Palin and her fear-mongering tactician sty-mates who, continuously behave as if they are missing their corpus callosum, have said worse things with a straight look on their faces than what Dave has said. Take for example the It matters little though; if political points can be scored by dragging your little children into a purposely protracted public battle, the rule of the desperate is to shoot first and ask questions later. How pathetic!!!

Whatever happened to FREE SPEECH? If Letterman has to give up his first amendment then, Sarah Pallin has to give up her second amendment.

Get over it already. It was a joke. He does not deserve to be fired. Focus your energy on something that makes sense. With all that is going on in the world, the fact that Palin wants to make an issue of this is exactly why it is a blessing that she is not in the White House.

It's good to see that Letterman has a lot more grace and class than many of his self-appointed defenders, and refreshing to hear a real apology instead of those lame "sorry that you were offended" deals. I hope that Gov. Palin proves to be equally superior to the unforgiving partisans of firedavidletterman.com .

John Ziegler and this hypersensitive group should stop their witch hunts and attempt to lead more productive lives.

I for one am getting so tired of the right to free speech being looked over by everyone in the media outlets. Free speech. It says it all. The man told a joke, someone was offended, he apologized. Why are there so many twits out there calling for his dismissal. My God why don't we just behead him? Kill the writers while we are at it. I am so tired of everything in this country offending someone or some group. We have become the Nation Of The Offended and no has a right to say or express themselves in any manner because someone will get offended. GET OVER IT, IT WAS A JOKE.

Palin's people need to get over this. The joke was aimed at Palin's promiscuous daughter that was knocked up by the hockey player. Todd and the governor need to stop misleading the sheep.

If the Republicans are willing to lose the next election then keep the limelight on Palin and her ilk.


Maybe you should read this article and articles like this...even for the firedavidletterman.com idiots...Palin used this as personal strategy to get her back into the spotlight, for her own personal gain...she couldn't give a two hoots about her daughters...nice job, I cannot wait for another Couric interview so we can all start making fun of her en masse again!

Ziegler and his gang should find something better to do.


Can you and yours at the LA times and the idiots at firedavidletterman.com read this article and articles like it...it turns out she probably couldn't really give a two hoots about her daughters...this was another scapegoating moment for her failed vp bid and for everything anyone said about her and her family in the past...I cannot wait for another Couric interview so we can all start making fun of her again...Oh, the good times...Letterman apologized, he meant it, get over it!

Amazing how powerful hate mongering works for political queen wanabees...

This is a tempest in a teapot. There is no story here. Letterman told a dumb, tasteless joke but the Palin's opened themselves to it. He did not impregnate Bristol, the unmarried, high schooler who was then paraded around as an advocate of abstinence. Sarah Palin is full of mock outrage because she craves the spotlight and wants to play to her shrinking conservative base.

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