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NOW Condemns Letterman
Atlantic ^ | Jun 12 2009, 9:50 am | by Chris Good

Posted on 06/12/2009 7:48:40 AM PDT by meandog

After this week's flap between Sarah Palin and David Letterman, which started when Letterman cracked a joke about Palin's "slutty flight attendant look" and another about her daughter getting "knocked up" by New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez, the National Organization of Women has condemned Letterman's jokes and is asking its supporters to write to CBS and voice criticism. "The sexualization of girls and women in the media is reaching new lows these days -- it is exploitative and has a negative effect on how all women and girls are perceived and how they view themselves," the group writes on its website, pointing to Letterman's jokes as an example. But, for NOW, it's not about politics: the group says conservatives have been just as guilty, over the years, of sexism. "NOW hopes that all the conservatives who are fired up about sexism in the media lately will join us in calling out sexism when it is directed at women who aren't professed conservatives," NOW writes. Despite Sarah Palin's ascendancy as a female vice presidential candidate, NOW did not support her. Far from it, in fact: NOW's political arm called Palin "a woman who opposes women's rights" and her nomination a sop to disappointed Hillary Clinton supporters.

(Excerpt) Read more at politics.theatlantic.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: cbs; feminists; letterman; now; palin; palinfamily; sarahpalin; women
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Wonder what the crusty old perve is gonna do NOW that his liberal biddy-buddies aren't siding with him?
1 posted on 06/12/2009 7:48:40 AM PDT by meandog
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To: meandog

Say what?

When did they wake up and decide to pretend to stand for something?

Weird.


2 posted on 06/12/2009 7:50:26 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (This message so far uneventfully brought to you by, Windows 7 Beta)
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To: meandog

Fire the writer responsible for that “joke”.


3 posted on 06/12/2009 7:50:38 AM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: randog

As if they really care.


4 posted on 06/12/2009 7:51:11 AM PDT by whitedog57
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To: meandog

And in the very last breath, they trash Rush Limbaugh.

Message follows: “Wink wink nudge nudge, we’re still Leftists...”


5 posted on 06/12/2009 7:51:19 AM PDT by The Flying Dutchman (Ask me about my Vow of Silence...)
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To: meandog

Sarah Palin may be seizing an “I paid for this microphone” issue. In reading the articles about this, she is kicking ass all over the media. David Letterman really stepped in it and Sarah Palin is more than willing to push him down in it and walk all over him! I am impressed.


6 posted on 06/12/2009 7:51:51 AM PDT by Williams (It's The Policies, Stupid.)
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To: meandog

Kind of in shock.
NOW is usually selective to champion things that serve their poltical agenda.

What next???

Condemn how muslims treat women???


7 posted on 06/12/2009 7:52:36 AM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: The Flying Dutchman

It’s not racism when they do it.
It’s not fascism when they do it.
It’s not misogyny when they do it.


8 posted on 06/12/2009 7:52:39 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
Weird.

Really.

9 posted on 06/12/2009 7:52:43 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
When did they wake up and decide to pretend to stand for something?

When they were roundly and publicly criticized for not doing so. Without that pressure, NOW wouldn't have said squat (in this case).

10 posted on 06/12/2009 7:52:47 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: meandog
NOW hopes that all the conservatives who are fired up about sexism in the media lately will join us in calling out sexism when it is directed at women who aren't professed conservatives

OK....when was the last time someone publicly ridiculed a Liberals daughter....maybe sombody can remind me?

11 posted on 06/12/2009 7:53:02 AM PDT by Fred911 (YOU GET WHAT YOU ACCEPT)
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To: meandog
NOW hopes that all the conservatives who are fired up about sexism in the media lately will join us in calling out sexism when it is directed at women who aren't professed conservatives

OK....when was the last time someone publicly ridiculed a Liberals daughter....maybe sombody can remind me?

12 posted on 06/12/2009 7:53:05 AM PDT by Fred911 (YOU GET WHAT YOU ACCEPT)
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To: meandog

A sure sign of the Apocalypse.


13 posted on 06/12/2009 7:53:27 AM PDT by redangus
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To: Williams
Sarah Palin may be seizing an “I paid for this microphone” issue. In reading the articles about this, she is kicking ass all over the media. David Letterman really stepped in it and Sarah Palin is more than willing to push him down in it and walk all over him! I am impressed.

Funny how the only republican with any balls in the last decade is female.

14 posted on 06/12/2009 7:53:48 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: The Flying Dutchman
And in the very last breath, they trash Rush Limbaugh.

And they have to go back 17 years to do so...

15 posted on 06/12/2009 7:54:09 AM PDT by fullchroma (I want my country back.)
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To: randog

You go girls!

Really. Just go. All three or four of you.

And I meant “womyn”. (Sorry)


16 posted on 06/12/2009 7:54:39 AM PDT by married21
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To: meandog

http://www.cwfa.org/articles/17136/BLI/reports/index.htm


17 posted on 06/12/2009 7:54:57 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Travis T. OJustice

only republicanS

Michelle Bachman.


18 posted on 06/12/2009 7:54:59 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: meandog
I love satire on Fridays.
19 posted on 06/12/2009 7:55:51 AM PDT by ryan71 (We're in deep kimchi!)
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To: meandog

Wow, I’m surprised that NOW actually took a stand in this.

I think you-know-what just froze over.


20 posted on 06/12/2009 7:55:59 AM PDT by iceskater (Michelle Obama to America - "Let them wear Keds!")
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To: Williams
David Letterman really stepped in it and Sarah Palin is more than willing to push him down in it and walk all over him!

Not only that, but she's doing it in an up-front, no nonsense way. There's no political double-speak we're used to hearing from politicians. Just plain old frank judgment. It's very refreshing. Her handling of Matt Lauer this morning was perfect.

21 posted on 06/12/2009 7:56:10 AM PDT by bcsco (I'm a Constitution defender!)
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To: bcsco

NOW can say anything they want and the Rats will still know they love them and hat Palin.
If they had made the statement a couple days ago it might even seem sincere, but now it is just pro-forma.


22 posted on 06/12/2009 7:58:15 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: meandog

23 posted on 06/12/2009 7:59:23 AM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: meandog

Todd should still swing by the studio and serve Dave an Alaskan Knuckle Sandwich.


24 posted on 06/12/2009 8:00:11 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: meandog

Call me skeptical. But Carrie Prejean and Juanita Brodderick didn’t have the following that Sarah Palin does.

While this is a good thing, I suspect NOW knows that not coming out to condemn Letterman would only accelerate their death spiral.


25 posted on 06/12/2009 8:00:40 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands ("Failed Obama Administration" (TM))
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To: meandog

26 posted on 06/12/2009 8:00:44 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does Zer0 have any friends, who are not criminals, foriegn/domestic terrorists, or tax cheats?)
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To: meandog

These hags are no better than Letterman they skirt around the subject first downing Sarah Palin..It does not matter if the child’s parents or conservatrive or liberal they should not be the brunt of some sick minded perverts fantasy..And I really think Letterman is a sick old pervert..


27 posted on 06/12/2009 8:01:49 AM PDT by PLD
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To: Oldexpat
NOW can say anything they want and the Rats will still know they love them and hat Palin.

If they had made the statement a couple days ago it might even seem sincere, but now it is just pro-forma.

No argument. But the fact that they made the statement, especially when it involves someone they despise politically as they do Sarah Palin, is remarkable in-and-of itself. Of course it's pro-forma. But it did happen. And that shows the magnitude of Lechermann's misogynistic statements.

28 posted on 06/12/2009 8:02:39 AM PDT by bcsco (I'm a Constitution defender!)
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To: meandog

....please join me in writing CBS:

http://www.cbs.com/info/user_services/fb_global_form.php


29 posted on 06/12/2009 8:02:39 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: randog

No, get the one RESPONSIBLE for its use. It’s ok to kick around possible material behind the scenes with a process for determining what’s acceptable and what’s not. Letterman is the one responsible for deciding whether material makes it from the back room to the airwaves, and knows how stuff plays to the audience.


30 posted on 06/12/2009 8:03:51 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (John Galt was exiled.)
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To: meandog

“The sexualization of girls and women in the media is reaching new lows these days — it is exploitative and has a negative effect on how all women and girls are perceived and how they view themselves,” the group writes on its website

Wow!

A stopped clock and all that....but good for them anyway.


31 posted on 06/12/2009 8:03:59 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: bcsco

Letterman’s been eager to join the liberal MSM in trashing Palin. That’s why their goon Matt Lauer tried to pretend nothing happened. Now the thing is exploding in Letterman’s face.

Good.


32 posted on 06/12/2009 8:04:08 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: meandog

Holy crap! The National Organization of Really Really Ugly Women finally stuck up for a Conservative? Break out the snow shovels in hell.


33 posted on 06/12/2009 8:04:26 AM PDT by Long Island Pete (Stupidity is in the DNA of liberals.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Have they ever listened to rap? (I avoid the term ‘music’ in addition).


34 posted on 06/12/2009 8:04:59 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: Corin Stormhands
While this is a good thing, I suspect NOW knows that not coming out to condemn Letterman would only accelerate their death spiral.

Could be. But suspicions aren't fact. And the fact is, Lechermann is now one of the few, ever, liberals treated as such by NOW. Regardless of intention, the act is far more damaging to him than it could be of benefit to them.

Perception is meaningful.

35 posted on 06/12/2009 8:06:28 AM PDT by bcsco (I'm a Constitution defender!)
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To: meandog

Is today April 1

Is this story from The Onion?


36 posted on 06/12/2009 8:06:51 AM PDT by Former MSM Viewer
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To: meandog
Here is a link to the NOW statement:

NOW Analysis of Letterman Jokes

37 posted on 06/12/2009 8:06:58 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

“..When did they wake up and decide to pretend to stand for something?”


I’m guessing it took their “executive committee” days of endless, all-night meetings and debate, weighing all the “pro and cons” before they actually decided to do this.


38 posted on 06/12/2009 8:07:42 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: married21
You go girls!
Really. Just go. All three or four of you.
And I meant “womyn”. (Sorry)

They should go as fast as their Medicare approved electric scooters will let them!

39 posted on 06/12/2009 8:08:23 AM PDT by GrannyAnn
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To: meandog

Blind pig, meet acorn.


40 posted on 06/12/2009 8:09:18 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Are you in a union job? I'm sorry to hear that.)
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To: whitedog57

NOW says, “See. I didn’t tell ya so.”


41 posted on 06/12/2009 8:10:13 AM PDT by Judges Gone Wild (Who is this uncircumcised, to oppose the armies of The Living God?)
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To: F15Eagle

It is exploding in Lechermann’s face. And rightly so. His remarks were beyond the pale. No children/youths should be subjected to such contempt.

But after listening to Lauer’s interview with Palin, I’d have to say he was fairly even-handed. He let her speak, and the only questionable remark on his part was insinuating her remarks about Lechermann were also tawdry. And she quite rightly put him down on that. Think of how it would have gone should Couric or some other left wing dolt handled the interview...


42 posted on 06/12/2009 8:11:25 AM PDT by bcsco (I'm a Constitution defender!)
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To: Travis T. OJustice

Sarah Palin may be seizing an “I paid for this microphone” issue. In reading the articles about this, she is kicking ass all over the media. David Letterman really stepped in it and Sarah Palin is more than willing to push him down in it and walk all over him! I am impressed.
Funny how the only republican with any balls in the last decade is female.

So true. Republicans need to take a cue from Sarah and do the same thing.


43 posted on 06/12/2009 8:13:58 AM PDT by Cyclone59 (Everything that hits the fan is not evenly distributed)
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To: meandog

What took them sooooooooooo loooooong? Maybe Sarah mentioning it on the Today Show helped step it up a little.
See video
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2270256/posts


44 posted on 06/12/2009 8:14:47 AM PDT by blueyon (It is worth taking a stand even if you are standing alone!)
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To: meandog
It took them a week to decide that Letterman wasn't important enough to protect. XXX-42 had their protection through all eight years and even after that. It's nice the National Association of Gals could jump on the train while the caboose was leaving the station.
45 posted on 06/12/2009 8:15:05 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, Chrysler and GM are what Marx meant by the means of production.)
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To: Cyclone59
Republicans need to take a cue from Sarah and do the same thing.

And over and over again every time it happens.

This is war.

46 posted on 06/12/2009 8:15:20 AM PDT by paulycy (Liberal DOUBLE-STANDARDS are HATE speech.)
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To: meandog

“Your mother is a slut and I hope you get raped!” Ha ha ha ha that’s so funny...see how funny that is? Haven’t ya got a sense of humor?

No no I didn’t mean the 14 year old girl should get raped, I meant the 18 year old daughter should be raped.

As I said in my apology, “she has ready been knocked up, so it is OK to make rape jokes about her” Don’t you see? It’s just a little “rape the knocked up daughter” joke. It’s ok...it’s humor ha, ha, haaa, uuugh

Letterman should be fired and I will never watch him again in any venue.


47 posted on 06/12/2009 8:16:47 AM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he would'nt and not doing what he said he would)
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To: bcsco

You may be right but it would only be that Matt Lauer accepted defeat *after* his weak strategy failed.

Plus he would be keenly aware that this thing is crossing lines.

Lauer is a koolaid drinker and has taken opportunity to barb Miss California, praise O and slam Palin, under the guise of “objective journalist” since last year. It’s quite apparent over and over.


48 posted on 06/12/2009 8:18:46 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: Fred911

“OK....when was the last time someone publicly ridiculed a Liberals daughter....maybe sombody can remind me?”

Chelsea Clinton was made fun of quite a bit. Not a proud time for conservatives.


49 posted on 06/12/2009 8:24:35 AM PDT by kate in carolina
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To: meandog
"knocked up" by New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez

I am most curious. Has anyone sought a comment from Alex Rodriquez?

50 posted on 06/12/2009 8:25:34 AM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, Trust few, and always paddle your own canoe)
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