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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Palin Responds to Letterman's Invite

I was out of town for a couple days and didn't blog about the despicable "joke" CBS' David Letterman told a few days ago alleging that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez knocked up Sarah Palin's 14 year old daughter, Willow, during the 7th inning stretch of a game Palin and her daughter attended as guests of Rudy Giuliani. Other blogs had adequately smacked down Letterman. However, yesterday as part of a lame non-apology statement, which basically said I wasn't talking about that daughter being raped I meant the older daughter Bristol, Letterman included an invitation for Governor Palin to appear on his show. Today, Palin appropriately told him what he could do with that invitation:
"The Palins have no intention of providing a ratings boost for David Letterman by appearing on his show.
Cut through the BS and you'll find that the ratings are the main issue here. Letterman trailed Leno for years and with Conan O'Brien taking over the Tonight Show, Letterman obviously thought being edgier would lead to better TV ratings. Both Leno and Letterman let their liberal leanings affect their comedy. However, difference was Leno was light hearted about it and Letterman has gotten more and more mean spirited. Most Americans prefer the friendly comedian to the ugly one. Palin would be well served to go on the Tonight Show and give O'Brien the ratings boost that Letterman was hoping for with this ugly stunt.

It is interesting how little (if any) outcry there is from the various feminist organizations regarding this "joke."

Separately, let me make it clear that I understand that when someone becomes a public figure they become fair game to a certain extant. I don't know exactly where the line is drawn, but joking about someone's daughter getting knocked up should be clearly beyond the line of acceptable comedy. In a just world Letterman would at least be nursing a broken nose provided by an angry father.

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