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Letterman Sends No Regrets Should Host Apologize to Palin? Sorry, No Consensus
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Posted on 06/13/2009 2:36:17 AM PDT by JoeProBono

Don Imus apologized. Mel Gibson apologized. So did Michael Richards and the Greaseman (didn't do much good). Politicians do it all the time. Shock jocks, actors and athletes do. Even Bill O'Reilly has done it. So why can't David Letterman bring himself to apologize? In another one of those delicious, you-know-you-love-it-even-as-you-roll-your-eyes media flaps, Letterman has been fending off an aggrieved Sarah Palin after she took offense at several of his late-night cracks.

Palin didn't rise to the bait when Letterman derided the Alaska governor's "slutty flight attendant look" on Monday's show. But she did object when Letterman, satirizing the Palin family's visit to New York and a Yankees game, said: "There was one awkward moment during the seventh inning stretch. Her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez."

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: letterman; palin

Bristol or Willow: Did he go too far?

1 posted on 06/13/2009 2:36:17 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

A pair of losers only a teenager or a stoner could enjoy,both use shock jokes nothing good about them.


2 posted on 06/13/2009 2:41:22 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: JoeProBono
Getting ready to give birth to a litter of Lettermans -


3 posted on 06/13/2009 2:43:43 AM PDT by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: JoeProBono
Should Host Apologize to Palin?

He should get another heart attack...

or like Wanda Sykes would put it "I hope his heart fails."/cue Obama laughing

4 posted on 06/13/2009 2:43:55 AM PDT by SolidWood (www.firedavidletterman.com)
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To: JoeProBono

I don’t get it. I was brought up to apologize the instant I make a mistake, take my lumps like a man and get over it. It isn’t particularly painful and in a week everything is forgotten.

What’s with this Letterman guy? He can only be doing this because it’s good publicity for him. I can’t see any other reason for not apologizing when an apology is clearly in order. What a cynical game!


5 posted on 06/13/2009 2:46:16 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
What’s with this Letterman guy? He can only be doing this because it’s good publicity for him. I can’t see any other reason for not apologizing when an apology is clearly in order.

Because the liberal establishment and their political masters put pressure on him not to back down. The whole point is to derail Palin's ambitions for 2012.

6 posted on 06/13/2009 2:47:53 AM PDT by SolidWood (www.firedavidletterman.com)
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To: SolidWood

> Because the liberal establishment and their political masters put pressure on him not to back down. The whole point is to derail Palin’s ambitions for 2012.

That being the case, the obvious ploy would be to run Sarah Palin as a stalking horse, and then put somebody like Ollie North for the 2012 candidate instead, with Sarah as running mate.


7 posted on 06/13/2009 2:50:20 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: JoeProBono
Sunshine said: "But people often underestimate [Palin] and underestimate her following. She's exploiting this very smartly. She's speaking to her core base that feels maligned. She's playing the faux feminist . . . and the family-values representative. It's extraordinary that she can bring this off."

Unbelievable. These libs are delusional.

"Poor Mitt Romney," he adds. "He's probably wondering, 'Where do I get some of this?' "

Ha.

8 posted on 06/13/2009 2:54:20 AM PDT by SolidWood (www.firedavidletterman.com)
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To: DieHard the Hunter

With respect, the obvious ploy is “never let the Left choose your candidate”.

The Left hates Palin and will hate her 24/7 for years, just as they hated Reagan and Thatcher. There will never be a letup. For - why would they stop, if it makes us change our candidates?


9 posted on 06/13/2009 2:55:48 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: shibumi

10 posted on 06/13/2009 2:56:58 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono
With so much public apologizing around these days it's become meaningless and just a quick way out of motor-mouth disease. If Letterman wants to be “sorry” for this affair he should do something private to atone for it. If not then he should just STFU about it. Either way he's still an ass.
11 posted on 06/13/2009 2:58:26 AM PDT by this_ol_patriot (I saw manbearpig and all I got was this lousy tagline.)
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To: JoeProBono
He's got a history .....


12 posted on 06/13/2009 3:07:13 AM PDT by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: shibumi

13 posted on 06/13/2009 3:11:34 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Indeed.


14 posted on 06/13/2009 3:18:11 AM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: JoeProBono

Watched Letterman once right after Johnny Carsen retired. Totally tasteless,not-funny, and absolutely no class. Do NOT watch his show-total waste of time.


15 posted on 06/13/2009 3:18:42 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter

...”He can only be doing this because it’s good publicity for him”...

Many people see Letterman as a hack for the left in America.


16 posted on 06/13/2009 3:39:10 AM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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To: JoeProBono

Liberals rarely—IF EVER—apologize for bashing conservatives.

Remember that jerkface Al Gore and his “extra chromosome” comment?

Remember Hussein and his “Special Olympics” comment? Hussein never apologized. His press office issued a statement.

Remember Robert Byrd using the N word in a tv interview with Tony Snow? His office issued a statement.

ON THE RARE OCCASIONS when liberals say they are sorry and were wrong, YOU MAY NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER bring it up again. They do not lose their positions, they do not give up power, they do not have any material, immediate consequences for their words or actions. Chappaquidick.

Liberals: the biggest haters and hypocrites on the planet.


17 posted on 06/13/2009 3:45:41 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm SO glad I no longer belong to the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: SolidWood

Yes, they are delusional. We will see but I believe Letterman’s ruthlessness toward those children and to the flight attendants has finally struck a nerve in the female world out here. Two very powerful bonding issues with most women are those of pedophilia and rape. He made light of both through his words. He thinks he can say and do anything to Sarah Palin and get away with it. He and his media cohorts on the left just might have shifted those sands a bit. The world had better draw a line because people who get away with this stuff only get worse.


18 posted on 06/13/2009 3:48:59 AM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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To: JoeProBono
From the article: Adds Jackson: "When you give it to everyone equally, as Letterman does, as all the late-night people do, you kind of have to take it. It's like demanding an apology from the National Enquirer -- it's better to just get over it."

It's the height of absurd to pontificate that Letterman would, ". . . give it to everyone equally."

It would be a rapid smack-down if he took even one of the satire opportunities that Obama has offered, and Letterman knows it. Any expectation that there is an equality in Letterman's "humor" is delusional.

Not a political strategist, but this appears to be giving Letterman the thing he craves -- attention. It seems it might have been better if Mrs. Palin had simply responded:

Letterman's writers often provide the show with tasteless or inane comments targeted for low-brow laughs. It is not worthwhile to ascribe any importance to what is said, or to attach any significance to such ramblings.

End of story. Case closed. Move along, nothing to see here.

19 posted on 06/13/2009 3:52:47 AM PDT by Quiller (When you're fighting to survive, there is no "try" -- there is only do, or do not.)
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To: JoeProBono
Unlike racially charged comments that brought Imus, Gibson, Richards and Doug "Greaseman" Tracht low, Letterman's joke is milder and doesn't rise to a career-threatening level, says Ken Sunshine, a veteran New York public-relations executive.

 

Sure calling someone nappy haired is much more offensive than statutory rape /Sarc>

20 posted on 06/13/2009 3:58:45 AM PDT by grjr21
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To: SolidWood
“What’s with this Letterman guy? He can only be doing this because it’s good publicity for him. I can’t see any other reason for not apologizing when an apology is clearly in order.”

All we have to do to get Letterman to make an apology is for each and every one of us to not watch his show. Well, watch it “one more time” and while doing so, make a list of his sponsors. Then, write each one and inform them that you will not watch Letterman nor will you purchase their products until Letterman makes a sincere apology to Palin’s daughter and to flight attendants. If we should actually do these things he will make an apology very soon I think.

21 posted on 06/13/2009 4:02:09 AM PDT by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: JoeProBono

At least Richard Simmons is a respectable, decent guy.


22 posted on 06/13/2009 4:11:12 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: pnh102

His net contribution to the health and well being of American women can’t be discounted. He’s changed many lives for the better.


23 posted on 06/13/2009 4:17:05 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: pnh102

His net contribution to the health and well being of American women can’t be discounted. He’s changed many lives for the better.


24 posted on 06/13/2009 4:17:06 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
What’s with this Letterman guy? He can only be doing this because it’s good publicity for him. I can’t see any other reason for not apologizing when an apology is clearly in order.

Well, he has his standard issue Ø kneepads on and he swallows. He and the rest of the SRM are deathly afraid of Gov Palin and are trying to ruin her.

25 posted on 06/13/2009 4:19:55 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Jimmy Carter - now the second worst POTUS ever. BHO has #1 spot in his sights.)
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To: SolidWood

Letterman is pathetic. He can only “prove” his importance by demeaning a woman of real intelligence.

Also pathetic is that the liberal movement encourages the reenactment of a typical domestic psychological abuse situation, while believing they are the champions of the “victim”(which Palin will never be!).

Liberals are hypocrites.


26 posted on 06/13/2009 4:33:15 AM PDT by Bluebird Singing
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To: Arrowhead1952

You are 100% correct.


27 posted on 06/13/2009 4:35:33 AM PDT by Bluebird Singing
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To: JoeProBono

Letterman is certainly a shining example of the pot calling the kettle black.

old man Letterman has been shacked up with his own babymomma (half his age?) for the last 8 of the 23 years he ‘dated’ her, has a 6yo son, but has been married to the former Regina Lasko less than three months. Speaking about his Justice-of-the-Peace marriage, he bragged openly:

“I had avoided getting married pretty good for, like, 23 years, and I - honestly, whether this happened or not - I secretly felt that men who were married admired me…like I was the last of the real gunslingers, you know what I’m saying?… “


28 posted on 06/13/2009 4:36:51 AM PDT by blueplum
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To: agere_contra

> There will never be a letup. For - why would they stop, if it makes us change our candidates?

There’s alot to be said for that.

The rationale with letting them tire themselves out on Palin is that the opposition can build all their strategies against fighting her. A last minute switch to someone like, say, Ollie, would leave them with the wrong strategy against the wrong candidate. Shifting the ground rules is an age-old sales strategy, and it is one that is best deployed at the very last minute, as it gives the opposition less time to recover.

With this suggested strategy you put Palin as VP, and thus have the benefit of her in office for potentially sixteen years (8 as VP and 8 as POTUS).


29 posted on 06/13/2009 5:17:28 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: JoeProBono
Obama isn't the problem, Letterman isn't the problem. And besides, there's nothing YOU (all of us) can do about THEM. The REAL problem is the people who VOTED for Obama and the people in Letterman's audience who CHEERED at his joke. Now those are people you can do something about ... because many of them are your neighbors. Obama is who he is, he will not change, and he is doing exactly what he was ELECTED to do. Letterman, as long as he's getting SUPPORT from his audience continues to do what he is successfully doing. The bottom line here is for YOU to work on your NEIGHBORS and changing their limited view of the world. They voted for these people and they support the advertising for them. If we want to get out of this mess, we shouldn't be focusing on Obama or Letterman, we should be working on our neighbors that cause these two phenomenons to be successful. This is not something to be left up to the national news media, or DC lawyers ... it is up to YOU.

Action Step: In your next conversation with the person next door, plan a conversation to convince them to vote and think differently, or at least shed doubt on what's happening today. (Don't yell and shout, just talk.) That's the task we should be focusing upon TODAY. Make it a daily goal ... one person ... one new thought ... one changed mind. You see, it is "up to you and me." Not "somebody else."

We hear people asking, "yes, but what can I do?" Well there it is.

30 posted on 06/13/2009 5:30:05 AM PDT by DHC-2
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To: JoeProBono
Obama isn't the problem, Letterman isn't the problem. And besides, there's nothing YOU (all of us) can do about THEM. The REAL problem is the people who VOTED for Obama and the people in Letterman's audience who CHEERED at his joke. Now those are people you can do something about ... because many of them are your neighbors. Obama is who he is, he will not change, and he is doing exactly what he was ELECTED to do. Letterman, as long as he's getting SUPPORT from his audience continues to do what he is successfully doing. The bottom line here is for YOU to work on your NEIGHBORS and changing their limited view of the world. They voted for these people and they support the advertising for them. If we want to get out of this mess, we shouldn't be focusing on Obama or Letterman, we should be working on our neighbors that cause these two phenomenons to be successful. This is not something to be left up to the national news media, or DC lawyers ... it is up to YOU.

Action Step: In your next conversation with the person next door, plan a conversation to convince them to vote and think differently, or at least shed doubt on what's happening today. (Don't yell and shout, just talk.) That's the task we should be focusing upon TODAY. Make it a daily goal ... one person ... one new thought ... one changed mind. You see, it is "up to you and me." Not "somebody else."

We hear people asking, "yes, but what can I do?" Well there it is.

31 posted on 06/13/2009 5:30:26 AM PDT by DHC-2
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To: JoeProBono
When comics and thugs offend scapegoats - ( Jews in WWII Germany or conservatives (today) in the United States) there's no “blow-back”. There's laughter that we would even think we deserved an apology.

The “in” people don't have to apologize to the cultural “outs”.

Letterman knows he can't make a rape joke about Obama's daughters. Just like he knows he can make a rape joke about a conservative's daughter.

He's a pig.

32 posted on 06/13/2009 5:43:18 AM PDT by GOPJ ("Any 'jokes' about raping my 14-year-old are despicable." - Todd Palin)
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To: JoeProBono
No author credit, again. The author is Paul Farhi.
33 posted on 06/13/2009 8:11:43 AM PDT by JoJo Gunn (I don't suck the Hollyweird teat.)
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To: JoeProBono
Letterman should research the meaning of the phrase, "fighting words."

Then he should be given about a half hour, private, off the record "interview" with Todd Palin (or Sarah for that matter).

My guess is after that, he would not be making any more jokes about the Palin's children.


Watch it Letterman...Sarah's got her eye on you!

34 posted on 06/13/2009 8:17:19 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Quiller
Not a political strategist, but this appears to be giving Letterman the thing he craves -- attention. It seems it might have been better if Mrs. Palin had simply responded: Letterman's writers often provide the show with tasteless or inane comments targeted for low-brow laughs. It is not worthwhile to ascribe any importance to what is said, or to attach any significance to such ramblings. End of story. Case closed. Move along, nothing to see here.

What Sarah did was much more effective.

She deftly transferred the "knock up" joke to "Letterman is a dirty old pervert who lusts for 14 year old girls" when he stupidly didn't notice that it was Willow at the ball game not, Bristol.

Then he componded his idiocy by trying to explain that he was really talking about Bristol not Willow. And then inviting them onto his show.

Sarah then drove in the knife when she said "I won't let Willow go near that man". OUCH!!!

This is a shot across the bow of all liberals. This momma bear has fangs.


35 posted on 06/13/2009 12:43:44 PM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan (Sarah Palin: Iron Lady of the North)
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