David Letterman offers full apology to Palins (update: Palin accepts)


David Letterman has genuinely apologized to Sarah Palin and her family for a coarse joke he cracked last Monday about Palin’s daughter being impregnated by Alex Rodriguez at a Yankees game. The joke was a dumb one that suggested that the daughter was promiscuous. “One awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game, during the seventh inning, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.”

Letterman thought he was joking about 18 year-old daughter, Bristol, who has a young son, but the only daughter at the game with Palin on the day in question was 14 year-old Willow. Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, were outraged. They claimed that Letterman was joking about statutory rape and that jokes like that contribute to a culture that is cruel and victimizing to young girls. Even if Letterman meant Bristol, it could still be interpreted as mean to suggest that she’s easy just because she has a baby. Letterman gave a sort-of half apology on Thursday, and said that of course he didn’t know Willow was there at the game and he would never joke about her:

“These are not jokes made about her 14-year-old daughter. I would never, never make jokes about raping or having sex of any description with a 14-year-old girl…. Am I guilty of poor taste? Yes. Did I suggest that it was okay for her 14-year-old daughter to be having promiscuous sex? No.”

The Palins brought media attention to the joke with a statement Todd issued which claimed that Letterman was joking about rape. Sarah Palin then went on The Today Show on Friday and echoed her husband’s sentiments. She even suggested that Willow might not be safe around Letterman and said “it would be wise to keep Willow away from [him]” but then backtracked and tried to say that she could have meant that Willow would give Dave a piece of her mind.

Last night on the air, Letterman said that he’s been thinking about all the fallout over the joke. He finally realizes that it doesn’t matter what he meant and that what’s important is how people interpreted it. It sounds like he’s sincerely sorry for making an off color joke about either of the Palin daughters. He wants to make peace with the family and with everyone who thought it was offensive:

“All right, here – I’ve been thinking about this situation with Governor Palin and her family now for about a week – it was a week ago tonight, and maybe you know about it, maybe you don’t know about it. But there was a joke that I told, and I thought I was telling it about the older daughter being at Yankee Stadium. And it was kind of a coarse joke. There’s no getting around it, but I never thought it was anybody other than the older daughter, and before the show, I checked to make sure in fact that she is of legal age, 18. Yeah. But the joke really, in and of itself, can’t be defended. The next day, people are outraged. They’re angry at me because they said, ‘How could you make a lousy joke like that about the 14-year-old girl who was at the ball game?’ And I had, honestly, no idea that the 14-year-old girl, I had no idea that anybody was at the ball game except the Governor and I was told at the time she was there with Rudy Giuliani…And I really should have made the joke about Rudy…” (audience applauds) “But I didn’t, and now people are getting angry and they’re saying, ‘Well, how can you say something like that about a 14-year-old girl, and does that make you feel good to make those horrible jokes about a kid who’s completely innocent, minding her own business,’ and, turns out, she was at the ball game. I had no idea she was there. So she’s now at the ball game and people think that I made the joke about her. And, but still, I’m wondering, ‘Well, what can I do to help people understand that I would never make a joke like this?’ I’ve never made jokes like this as long as we’ve been on the air, 30 long years, and you can’t really be doing jokes like that. And I understand, of course, why people are upset. I would be upset myself.

“And then I was watching the Jim Lehrer ‘Newshour’ – this commentator, the columnist Mark Shields, was talking about how I had made this indefensible joke about the 14-year-old girl, and I thought, ‘Oh, boy, now I’m beginning to understand what the problem is here. It’s the perception rather than the intent.’ It doesn’t make any difference what my intent was, it’s the perception. And, as they say about jokes, if you have to explain the joke, it’s not a very good joke. And I’m certainly – ” (audience applause) “- thank you. Well, my responsibility – I take full blame for that. I told a bad joke. 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. That it was misunderstood.” (audience applauds) “Thank you. So I would like to apologize, especially to the two daughters involved, Bristol and Willow, and also to the Governor and her family and everybody else who was outraged by the joke. I’m sorry about it and I’ll try to do better in the future. Thank you very much.” (audience applause)

[NBC transcript via TV Week]

Letterman seemed sincere to me and let’s hope everyone can move on. You wonder how the Palins are going to respond, and if they’ll either let it slide at this point or if they’ll issue a statement saying they appreciate Dave’s apology. I can’t see them continuing to say they’re upset over it after he’s offered an olive branch, but we’ll have to see.

Update: Palin has accepted Letterman’s apology, and said, in part “Of course I accept [the apology] on behalf of young women like my daughters.”

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  1. Eileen Yover says:

    He’s a good guy, and he has a hard job.
    He didn’t have to apologize-but it was the right thing to do.
    Let’s hope the Palin’s can move on now.

  2. YeahRight says:

    I’m sure that his “heartfelt” apologies had nothing to do with the fact that some of his advertisers were beginning to jump ship. If Don Imus could be fired for what he did, I’m sure Dave was starting to get a little shaky, especially since some of the lefties didn’t even approve of the “joke”.

  3. Maybe it will make him think a little before telling jokes of this nature. I still like him, but he was an idiot.

  4. mum mum says:

    Eileen Yover couldn’t have said it better.

  5. t says:

    This is the apology he should have given first, instead of the sarcastic one where he continued to mock the family and those who were upset by the joke.

    As YeahRight points out, it is funny how he issued this more sincere apology at the same time as he was losing sponsors over this and losing the support of even those who disagree with Palin’s politics.

  6. stellapurdy says:

    Why should Dave not be afforded his right to free speech when Limbaugh, Hannity and O’Reilly offend people with their hatred on a daily basis.

    Typical double standard by the conservative right wingers. I guess it’s okay to say anything you want as long as it’s on the republican side of the fence.

    I wish he hadn’t apologized.

  7. Donna says:

    He wasn’t misunderstood- it was a disgusting joke whether it was about a 14 year-old or if the girl was 18. Those suffering from PDS will never be able to see how this was wrong nor did I expect them too.

    Chew on your hate for Palin-she doesn’t care.

  8. Nan says:

    To much was made out of this. Palin wanted as much attention as she can get. Yeah I hope she can move on and shut up. All of this build up, sadly by the time she try to run for office the media will be so burned out on her. Watch this is going to backfire on her. She will get another big rejection. There are millions that hate her guts even more now.

  9. Lori says:

    I just want to know what happened to the guy who wrote the joke. One of Dave’s comedy writers for the show would have written that joke right?

  10. bros says:

    the ONLY good thing about this (because I fully agree with stella purdy’s assessment that the treasonous, violence-inciting, hate speech coming from right wingers, and not to mention the actual MURDERS they commit are allowed to pass, while dave’s jokes are somehow beyond the pale) is that it takes Palin’s raison d’etre for being on TV with her false outrage and mother lion-ing away. he offered a heartfelt mea culpa, so since that was what palin was angling for, she got it, and she can STFU for now.

  11. Ellen says:

    this can’t have been easy for him. I give him credit for taking the blame. it’s never too late to apologize, I say.

  12. vicsmith says:

    Palin accepted this apology. I’m glad she took a stand.

  13. CandyKay says:

    Is the answer to hate speech even more hate speech?

    I can’t understand why the left – which supposedly celebrates diversity, mutual respect and peace over war – wants to sink to the level of the worst of the right-wing pundits. So you don’t like Palin’s politics: fine, that’s cool. But what is this eagerness to humiliate her and her family?

    What if someone had made this joke about one of the Obama girls?

  14. GimmeABreak says:

    This has nothing to do with right or left. It was a really nasty joke and he’s an a$$hole.

    Why do these idiots think that politician’s young daughters are an ok target? It’s terrible. They did the same thing to Chelsea Clinton.

  15. Nan says:

    @Stellapurdy you are so right. Very good point.
    The Republicans can spew their hate filled comments night and day and get away with it. I guess Republicans are the only ones with freedom of speach.

  16. Feebee says:

    Dave’s advertisers may have been getting shaky but his ratings were up. I suspect that his advertisers may have come back but his second apology was (as someone else noted) should have been his first and then only apology.

    I think I’m the only one who thought the joke was funny enough, in the sense of 1) Bristol being the one he was talking about and 2) it was really a dig at Alex Rodriguez.

    I still think the Palin response was OTT and use of the term ‘statutory rape’ and alluding to Dave having pedophilic (word?) tendancies as unnecessary in defending the daughter. Though I too may be a little touchy with already one underage mother in the family.

  17. CandyKay says:

    Nan, if you didn’t have freedom of speech, you wouldn’t be able to express yourself so gracefully on this board, or anywhere else. And I’m guessing you’re not a Republican.

    Check out what’s going on in Iran or China if you’d like to know what it’s like not to have free speech. In comparison, our problems – even Sarah Palin’s problems – are pretty small.

  18. beachy says:

    Dave crossed the line-made a bad joke about a young girl. Her mom got upset-as any mom would. Because the governor is a public figure-she was able to speak out about it and get the issue addressed publicly. I don’t care if she’s left-right-or up the middle. This is not a political issue-it’s a decency issue. Her point is ‘where is the line’? Is there a line anymore or is everyone now fair game–including her 14 year old daughter?

  19. Codzilla says:

    Sorry, but the extreme left is every bit as nasty and intolerant as the extreme right. Neither side does anything worthwhile to further their cause, and I for one wish both groups would just STFU and let the reasonable-minded people — you know, the ones who respect and appreciate different points of view — do the talking.

  20. Cletus says:

    Well.. can’t hit ‘em ALL outta the park.

  21. bros says:

    only difference is, codzilla, the extreme left isnt the one blowing up abortion clinics, assassinating doctors in their homes, or launching rifle assaults on war/holocaust memorials. the left may be vitriolic, but its not insane, violent, and its not murderous. (and yes, I know about the animal rights groups or whatever-the vast majority of domestic terrorism and hate groups are made up of extreme right wing ideologues).

  22. Diana says:

    I’m in the, “Kids are off limits camp, boys or girls.”

    Why can’t adults behave like adults? Too much to ask for :)

  23. I Choose Me says:

    Amen codzilla. A-freakin-men.

    @bros. I saw a documentary about neo-nazis who did a parade/stand in in front capitol hill. A group of anti-hate protesters came out also. And I gotta say it made me ill to note that I found the general conduct of the neo-nazis f*ckers whose vile, hate rhetoric I deplore, to be better than that of some of the protesters. The police were forced to arrest a few of these protesters (who were unapologetic about their physical assault on a couple of white supremacist males who were just walking by (and who did not retaliate I might add). My point – any cause no matter how just or noble is overshadowed and diminished when those supporting it behave in a manner that is more despicable than those they oppose.

  24. Rosanna says:

    Letterman disappointed me EVEN MORE than before, and I didn’t think it to be possible. Apologizing for a bad joke is ok. Taking responsibility for how it was taken is simply ludicrous. People should grow up and start taking responsibility for how they CHOOSE to interpret things rather than blaming it on what it was said even more so when the intent was totally different. Clearly, people misinterpreted his tasteless joke, and it’s not HIS fault.

  25. t says:

    Nan and stellapurdy…Dave does have freedom of speech. If he didn’t, he could be thrown in jail for things that he says. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean everyone will agree with everything you say.

    His viewers have freedom of speech too. They are free to say when they don’t think his jokes are funny. His sponsors have freedom of speech too and they can let him know when they don’t like what he says with words or actions (pulling their ad spots from his show).

    Dave caving to viewer or sponsor pressure to apologize is not the same as caving because he feared prison time for his speech like people in China.

  26. georgiagrl says:

    How dare Embassy Suites drop Letterman when Newscorp owed outlets spew hate and incendiary talk all day long! Remember the cartoon with the ape?The real problem is the Left needs to get organized and shut Fox News, The NY Post and that ilk the hell down And BTW the office of that SC Congressman who called Michelle an ape should be picketed.
    Palin campaigned with her kids carrying her Louis Vuitton bag at every rally and of course, you hold your family up to critiques when you do so. Also she was not forthcoming with her daughters pregnancy either. They should have stayed in Alaska with Todd and the would have been left alone.

  27. Clay says:

    @ stellapurdy and others that agree….

    So what was your take on Don Imus getting fired for calling the womens basketball team a bunch of “Nappy Headed Ho’s” where was his freedom of speech? Double standards? There was a line that was crossed – that of taste and respect. It has nothing to do with politics.

  28. me says:

    Freedom of speech: Just because you CAN say anything you like-doesn’t mean you SHOULD say anything you like-common sense and common decency anyone?

  29. Sauronsarmy says:

    I wish he hadn’t apologized. Fu*k them if they can’t take a joke.

  30. daisy424 says:

    I agree Codzilla & Candy Kay.
    The Palins should now put it to bed. Dave did sound sincere, sounds like he finally ‘got it’.

    @Bros, Your facts on the background of James von Brunn are off.
    From Politico, Ben Smith dated June 11th; According to the FBI he was targeting neocons.
    In one essay, Von Brunn attacked “JEWS-NEOCONS-BILL O’REILLY,” and the suggestion that neoconservatism is a specifically Jewish conspiracy is common on the racist fringe.

    The Right leaning Weekly Standard was on his ‘list”. Standard has been at the heart of the neoconservative movement.

    From the DHS;
    Dated January 26th,also explicitly warns of violence from left wing extremists.

    “Many leftwing extremists use the tactic of direct action to inflict economic damage on businesses and other targets to force the targeted organization to abandon what the extremists deem objectionable,” it says. “Direct actions range from animal releases, property theft, vandalism, and cyber attacks — all of which extremists regard as nonviolent — to bombings and arson.”

  31. anna says:

    Everyone is talking about how young Bristol (18) and Willow (14) are to be subjected to this sort of bad taste joke, but in a society that breeds Britney Spears, Ali Lohan and Miley Cyruse clones for entertainment consumption, I find this a bit disingenuous.

    I mean, just look at the article about Miley Cyrus on the same page as this posting. It may be for a movie, but do we seriously need (or even want to see a 16 year old in the throes of passionate kissing?)

    C’mon, people.

    If Sarah Palin’s point was to make a stand against sexually irresponsible behavior (in words or deeds) towards women (which is honorable) and if she is sincere about it, she’ll have to do better than an apology from a COMEDIAN for whom so many people think this is an overreaction.

    If it’s mama bear protecting her cubs, that’s one thing, but don’t go on this tirade that you are doing this for young women everywhere to be respected and not seen as sexual objects… please. Yo daughter got knocked up at 17!

  32. me says:

    kinda scary that it took him a week to ‘get it’.
    But whatever-let’s move on. He’s apologized; she accepted the apology. And now some other unthinking someone will undoubtedly say or do something stupid within the next day or two–I hope it’s not me!!! :)

  33. bros says:

    daisy, I dont see how that disproves my point. von brunn was going after jews, and the neocons who support them (in his theory)-because he is a right-wing antisemite violent murdering freak. as are the people who assassinate doctors. I already said I was aware of DHS’s domestic terrorism report about the animal rights folks. let me know when their ranks swell to the numbers of the KKK and when they start assassinating people at work or in church, and when they show up to open fire on a museum full of children, mmm k?

  34. barneslr says:

    “Why should Dave not be afforded his right to free speech when Limbaugh, Hannity and O’Reilly offend people with their hatred on a daily basis”

    No one trampled his free speech rights. What are you talking about? Don’t operate under the misconception that having the right to free speech means you have the right to not be criticized for what you say. He said something offensive, and he was taken to task over it, and rightly so in this case.

    Oh, an Limbaugh, Hannity and O’Reilly don’t offend people with hatred–if you actually listened to any of them, you would know that they simply state their opinions on the way things should be. They don’t say hateful things, but they do make statements that are in line with a conservative agenda, rather than a liberal agenda. That does not constitute hateful speech. It merely constitutes them stating their opinions, which apparently millions of people agree with since Rush and Hannity are #1 and #2 in the radio ratings respectively, and O’Reilly is also very highly rated for his type of show and his time slot. Do they sometimes make fun of public figures? Of course they do. Does it rise to the level of hate speech? Well, I guess that depends on your definition. They do not make jokes based on race, gender, etc. They do poke fun at other public figures based on things they SAY and DO, which I think is fair game, and not hate speech.

    So, what you are confusing is hate speech with speech that happens to disagree with your personal opinion. It does not surprise me that the left pokes fun at the right…that’s what I would expect. But I don’t call it hate speech.

    When you characterize all speech you disagree with as “hate speech” you minimize the things that actually ARE hate speech, and that is shameful. Use your critical thinking skills and perhaps you will someday understand that people of good will can have different ideas and opinions politically and still be good people. If you cannot recognize that, then you are shallow and probably should not vote until you grow up and realize that, even though the approaches are different, most people just want what’s best for the country and for each other.

  35. not even says:

    Let’s be clear…any group that uses intimidation or violence to get their message out should be given no weight. This includes neo nazis and animal rights people who set fires.

    but, to add to what bros said, take a look at the website for the Southern Poverty Law Center, an org that tracks hate groups (those more prone to violence) across the US.

    the number of hate groups in the US that are extreme “right” simply overwhelm the number of extreme “left” groups. The only one listed that I’d even consider was a “left” org (based on name only) would be the Jewish Defense League.

  36. Darya says:

    StellaPurdy is right on. Limbaugh amd those other clowns can say what they want and nothing comes of it. Palin can lie about Obama and make horrible accusations about him “palling around with terrorists”….that’s okay but heaven forbid Letterman does a comedy bit and he is nailed to the wall.

    I also wish he hadn’t apologized.

  37. Lori says:

    Anna thank you so much!

    I feel like I am the only one sick to death over those pictures of Miley Cyrus this morning. She thinks this is okay, but pretty soon she will be shaving her head and attacking papz with an umbrella!

    Shame on all the parents that are making money off of the sexual images of their minors!!!!!

  38. Codzilla says:

    Bros, et al: Arguing about which group of fanatics is worse than the other is pointless. The reality is that extremism is a dangerous and ultimately useless approach — regardless of which “side” you’re on — that won’t achieve anything positive in the long run.

  39. barneslr says:

    “Palin can lie about Obama and make horrible accusations about him “palling around with terrorists”…”

    What part of that statement is untrue? You may not like it, but it doesn’t change the FACTS.

    You see, a lie is deliberately telling something that is not true. That wasn’t a lie…it was a truth that you wish wasn’t true. That is the difference.

  40. barneslr says:

    Codzilla, well said.

  41. not even says:

    “Oh, an Limbaugh, Hannity and O’Reilly don’t offend people with hatred–if you actually listened to any of them, you would know that they simply state their opinions on the way things should be. They don’t say hateful things,”

    ARE YOU F*CKING KIDDING ME?

    clearly, YOU’VE never listened to any of them, because as a collective, they spew more hate than anyone on the airwaves.

    “They do not make jokes based on race, gender, etc.”

    Again, ARE YOU F*CKING KIDDING ME?

    does “Barack the magic negro” ring a bell at all?

    “It merely constitutes them stating their opinions, which apparently millions of people agree with since Rush and Hannity are #1 and #2 in the radio ratings respectively, and O’Reilly is also very highly rated for his type of show and his time slot.”

    actually, it means no such thing. just because someone is #1 in the ratings does NOT mean that all who listen agree with what they say.

    ever see “Private Parts”? There’s a scene in there where the radio execs talk about how long the Stern fans and the Stern haters listen to his show. On average, the Stern haters listened to Stern TWICE AS LONG as the fans did.

    that all being said, they absolutely have a right to say what they say. freedom of speech is for everybody, not just those whose opinion you agree with.

  42. anna says:

    UGH, Limbaugh.

    Truth be told, I’m not familiar with Hannity, I’ve watched O’Reilly as well.. had good moments and bad with that him.

    But Limbaugh– as far as race relations – anyone who thinks this guy is neutral on race must be sticking their head in the sand.

    Limbaugh made allegations “that Powell voted for Obama because he was black.” All one mindless herd, yeah?

    Limbaugh used to play the Jefferson’ tv theme song “Movin’ on Up” everytime Carol Mosely Brown was mentioned on his show. Was it because she was ‘movin on up” as far as a ‘sista” gettin ahead? Maybe “you ‘re gonna make it after all” would have been less race-identifying?

    Limbaugh was definitely a participant in the varied media outlet party of saying blacks were looting and whites were searching for food when Hurricane Katrina happened.

    Those prejudiced comments and actions more than qualify as “hateful language.”

    Of COURSE, it’s his right to say it, your right to listen to it and agree with it.. it’s my right to think you might be ignorant about race issues and someone who harbors biased views about people’s skin color and culture if this is whom you get your information from.

    In a free society, we need difference of opinion.I don’t agree with certain views, but I’m glad to see we have debate of issues. I’m glad to know there are many conservatives out there who get their message across respectfully and effectively, but there will always be the people who follow inflammatory figures like Rush and who will tolerate his prejudices. The fact that there are so many is what is scary and why we still have much work and understanding to do in the arena of race relations and bigotry.

  43. not even says:

    pal around with terrorists?

    which “terrorists” did he “pal around with”?

    because if you’re referring to Ayers, Obama was a CHILD when Ayers was doing what he did, Obama served on a charity board with him (as well as a dozen other people) which is hardly “palling around” and has denounced Ayers radical views and activities.

    that ridiculous accusation was torn to shreds during the election…why are you still perpetuating it? got blinders on or are you just trying to keep a lie alive?

    jeez, next you’ll be calling him a Muslim and saying he wasn’t even born in the US.

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/10/05/fact-check-is-obama-palling-around-with-terrorists/

    “Verdict: False. There is no indication that Ayers and Obama are now “palling around,” or that they have had an ongoing relationship in the past three years. Also, there is nothing to suggest that Ayers is now involved in terrorist activity or that other Obama associates are.”

  44. georgiagrl says:

    Daisy424
    So why is James von Brunn estranged for years from his own family? Because of his hatred of jews and blacks tore apart the family. Qoute Politico all you want, but his target last week was clear and it was not Fox News NY studios.

  45. HashBrowns says:

    What I find interesting is that people STILL don’t get that he’s STILL making fun of them and everyone who misinterpreted the joke.

    He never said he was actually sorry for telling the joke or sorry for the fact that the joke went on air or anything like that. He’s sorry that morons misinterpreted it and decided that he was going after the 14-year old when he quite clearly wasn’t.

    And most people are STILL too stupid to see that. His apology is about the fact that some people are too dumb to properly deduce meaning or intent and he’s sorry to those morons who didn’t understand the joke and are now spreading their ignorant nonsense around for the other morons to spread.

    By the way, can we stop with the “What if someone said something about the Obama girls” crap? Anyone who asks that already knows the several reasons why not and if they don’t, they clearly fall into the idiot category that those who didn’t understand the joke fall into.

  46. Bobby the K says:

    ~

    No, really Palinites, what about these jokes:

    Gov. Palin announced over the weekend that her 17-year-old unmarried daughter is five months pregnant. And you thought John Edwards was in trouble before! Now he has really done it. — “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” 9/2/08

    Sarah Palin is going to drop the first puck at the Philadelphia Flyers hockey game. Then Palin will spend the rest of the game trying to keep the hockey players out of her daughter’s penalty box.”

    Conan O”Brien

  47. bros says:

    codzilla, all im saying is that it tends to get a little more dangerous, and end in murder and assassination and lynchings on the right side of extremism, not on the left. im not trying to say that its productive in anyway, on either side. just that one ends in murder.

  48. kevinbrown says:

    “Palin insinuated that Letterman is a pedophile when she said that she would not bring her 14 year old daughter near him. This is a horrible accusation to make and far worse than anything Dave said. When is Palin going to appologize for this comment? “

  49. geronimo says:

    HashBrowns – I’ve just clicked on this thread, read the transcript and that’s exactly what I’m reading too. Completely tongue in cheek, he’s apologising that people misinterpreted his joke and read all sorts of bizarre and offensive meaning into it, not for the joke itself at all. I particularly liked his ‘I’ll try to do better in the future’!

    What a ridiculous fuss over nothing. I think Palin got exactly the ‘apology’ she deserves.

    @kevinbrown: agree, infinitely more offensive than anything Dave ever said or implied. She is such an ignorant woman.

  50. the original kate says:

    all palin has done since the election is whine about how everyone is attacking her and her family, including john mc cain, people in his camp, the GOP, katie couric, the media in general, etc. honestly, if palin can’t stand this amount of criticism she should not be in public office at all. she should take a tip from the obamas, who have had all kinds of horrific racial insults thrown at them, including the latest from a republican senator who said an escaped gorilla from the zoo was a relative of michelle’s. their reaction? none. they never comment on all these insults, because they have more important things to think about, like cleaning up the mess left by bush & cheney. maybe palin should try thinking more and talking less.

  51. stellapurdy says:

    barneslr – oh, thanks for telling me to grow up because apparently you have the moral right to pass judgment on not only how old I am but that I shouldn’t vote.

    And by the way, I’ve unfortunately listened to Rush, the right wing radio station that I listen to news on plays his idiotic sound bites in the morning. Obama, the Messiah and the happy negro song. Oh yes, that’s right, it’s just his opinion so I guess in your book it makes it okay. And he does nothing but denigrate women but again, I guess you’re okay with that and so the rest of us should grow up and accept it.

    Here’s the thing, Rush is a class one ahole but you know what, he does have his right to free speech. Do I think Imus should have been fired? No I don’t. So don’t freakin assume that I do.

    This was all about Palin and how the right wingers have to protect her as she is going to the face of the party. I’m sure she got a lot of political contributions the past week by keeping herself in the media. I hope the Republicans do put all of their eggs in her basket because it will only further alienate their party.

    And one last thing, I am neither a registered democrat or a liberal but rather an Independent. I also think that everyone in this country has the right to their opinion, just like what some of you blow hards have chosen to exercise here.

  52. Christie says:

    my goodness, if i have to hear another word about this..sheww over it…

  53. Shay says:

    Ok..maybe now she’ll shut the hell up and go back under the rock she crawled from.

  54. Magsy says:

    Okay, it’s over now. Please no more jokes about Palin just so she can go away for a while, a long while.

  55. Dr_Venkman says:

    Incredible how repeating a false accusation (“Letterman made a joke about raping my 14 y/o”) leads to public outrage and an apology in the end.

    What a great (mis-)use of media whores, I guess she’ll be running again in 2013.

    Sad day for the truth though.

  56. Snoopchew says:

    I don’t think that Letterman has alot of respect for any woman. Since it took him umpteen years to marry his baby’s mother.
    Do you think he could have been at a baseball game the night she got “knocked up”?
    Was A-Rod in the line-up?
    This is such stupid stuff!

  57. nina says:

    I am number one opponent of teenage births and am definitely not conservative, but it is very much unkind and in bad taste to mock a teenager on national television and to imply that just because she accidentally got pregnant by a long-term boyfriend she would do it again with a complete stranger (like that she is easy or something). If anything, the contentious topic is keeping the baby and not getting pregnant. Of course, he would never dare to joke about that (big taboo in the US). Effectively he mocks her decision to keep the baby – and in a very sneaky, indirect and trashy way (because really – which 17 year old does not have sex?). I think that on some subliminal level he is simply jealous that Palin has a good looking family.

  58. Snoopchew says:

    That is a good point Nina.
    He has usually (in my opinion) been an egotistical, socially impaired and jealous person.