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Letterman has the last laugh on Palin's "Jokegate"

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 28th 2009 9:03AM
David LettermanNot only did the "Fire David Letterman" crowd completely fail at their attempt to oust the late night host from his desk chair, but they actually helped him.

That makes them the least successful protest effort since 1977's memorable campaign to "Keep Pies Away from Anita Bryant." I believe it had something to do with preventing the spread of diabetes.

Variety reports that Letterman surpassed The Tonight Show in the ratings for the first time in nearly three-and-a-half years while the whole Palin family "Jokegate" debacle was still slowly being scraped off the fan.

Of course, Conan O'Brien's new Tonight Show has fared better overall in the ratings for their time slot, but the Palin "controversy" helped bring Letterman's ratings up starting with the Monday show featuring his official apology and running through the rest of the week. So next week, watch The Tonight Show where Conan will offer sincere apologies to everyone he has ever done a joke about for no other reason than to boost his ratings. It's going to be "sorryrific!"

I'm a fan of both shows and don't get excited one way or the other when they top each other in the ratings game. This bit of news tickles me pinker than a 3rd grade girl's Trapper Keeper because of the smackdown it layed on the "Fire David Letterman" people. Their persistence, craziness and downright insane notions about the joke and how it justifies the host's termination literally made me laugh as their grasp for sanity and relevance withered to the weakness of a dollar store condom.

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J Hendricks

I believe that Letterman was out of line--18 is a child to me even if the law thinks otherwise. I use to be a Letterman Fan. His humor has become nasty, political and hurtful. He has a son--I bet he is protective of Harry. It is good to remember--say what you want about a candidate or office holder if it legal, but leave their children alone. Children do not run for office, thus David was off limits. He should have been banned for a time or fired. He is no better than Don Imus in my opinion. Letterman has been away from the Midwest too long--he has forgotten Hoosier Hospitality and Kindness.

July 29 2009 at 7:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


July 04 2009 at 7:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jana wrote:

>If a conservative had made a joke like that about the
>Obama kids, they'd be toast.

And deservedly so. They are children who, though they may be seen going with their father to get ice cream, are ciphers. We know nothing about them and that is how it should be. For those old enough to remember, there were some cruel comments, made cruel by the very fact they were uttered, by people about the attractiveness of Amy Carter and Chelsea Clinton. Unnecessary and mean.

Letterman went for the easy joke about an adult, albeit one who became pregnant while still a minor, but that does not negate the commonsense supposition that any resonable person understands that his comment was about an adult. Who but the most loyal lapdog suckling at the far-right conservative teat knows any other Palin offspring other than Bristol in any way but in concept? I know the Palins have other children, but I couldn't pick them out of a line-up and sure as hell don't know any of their names.

Here's the deal. Had adult Bristol not been traipsed out to present her (new?) beliefs about having sex in high school, let alone unprotected sex, who she is and her reason for notoriety go away. The Bush daughters got a little drunk after college and that was the end of them in the public eye. I give the Bushs credit for understanding, or at least accepting, that to have paraded their daughters around to the talk shows to admit the error of their ways and to preach on the evil of drinking would not ring true.

>I don't come to this blog for politics.
But do you stay for the dessert?

June 29 2009 at 11:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It was a stupid joke by a guy who long ago stopped being funny about a woman and her family that the left can't seem to shake out of their system. The joke was pathetic. Palin's outrage was over the top if not understandable. Apologies were made and accepted and yet here we are, still bashing Palin until the bitter end and making Letterman out to be this grand leftist mouthpiece. I'm about sick of the right and left in this country. The suckage is equal.

June 29 2009 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If a conservative had made a joke like that about the Obama kids, they'd be toast.

I don't come to this blog for politics.

June 28 2009 at 9:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Jana's comment

Ummm Jana, Conservatives make jokes about Obama all the time and nothing happens to them. Pay attention to everything that goes on, not just the people and channels that you agree with. Do you remember all the conservatives who made Barack "Hussein" Obama references? Did they get strung up by their toenails? How many muslim jokes did Fox News and various other conservatives make? Did any of them get fired? No of course not. It goes both ways, stop acting as if the right wing is always getting bullied and treated unfairly.

June 28 2009 at 9:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Piper: 8
Sasha: 8
Malia: 10
Willow: 14
Bristol: 18

EVEN if Letterman was trying to make a joke about Willow (he wasn't), it wouldn't equate to making sex jokes about a 10 year old. And CERTAINLY not if he meant Bristol, a girl of legal age who is most famous for being a poster child for teen pregnancy.

No, the only way that would equate is if Letterman were making jokes about Piper. And I agree, that would be really and truly awful. Not that making jokes about Willow isn't. From what I can tell, she never wanted any part of any of this to begin with.

June 29 2009 at 1:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brett Alan

Trickyric: The joke was NOT about a child. It was about Bristol. That was the clear intent and point of the joke and it makes no sense to say otherwise.

John McCain made his joke about Chelsea Clinton in 1998, years before she was campaigning for Hillary.

Learn your facts before you start lecturing people.

June 28 2009 at 6:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

Nothing happened to Dave because anyone with a brain knew what Palin was trying to do........And it didn't work. Dave appologized for the tasteless joke and life goes on. Palin's already moved on to other prey.

Some people just can't let it go.

June 28 2009 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I still don't get how you parisan blowhards could defend such vile speach if and only if it is against a republican.
this guy as an ass hat! David Letterscum let his political hatred go so far beyond acceptable humor that it was obviously wrong.
When Imus made a tastless joke about black woman he got ridiculed and fired. But Dave makes a vile joke about a child and he is cool because Palin is a republican?
you should all be ashamed of yourselves. For all of you who wll point to supposed Chelsea jokes (which I have never heard) after she started to campaign for her mother she was fair game.
Try this next time you want to be openly hateful and partisan, say the joke, but instead of Palins daughter use Melia Obama.....somehow not funny anymore?
I have made my point, but for you Ass Hats I will make it one more time : Decency and respect isn't a right or left issue, it is a right or wrong issue.

June 28 2009 at 3:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

She just couldn't let it go and had to stoke it until it was a full blown media circus. Of course it fell flat with 15 people showing up to march and rant. But now, as she continues with her outrage against just about anything that comes her way, people are waking up to who she really is and they're reacting in all sorts of ways. Unfortunately, she's got a lot to hide and it's going to be much harder to do so with people wondering, "who IS this crazy lady".

Here's an example: http://www.ottoline.net/PalinHoax/
Letterman's and Palin's Recent Pregnancies

June 28 2009 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Maybe the days of staged public outrage are over. Even Al Sharptons last attempt at race baiting fell short of the mark.

June 28 2009 at 9:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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