Patterico's Pontifications

6/9/2009

Stay Classy, David Letterman

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:37 pm

Hi-larious:

What you need to understand to see the humor: the daughter Palin brought to the game was Willow Palin. Who is 14 years old.

Now do you see the humor?

Me neither.

129 Comments

  1. It never ceases to amaze me at how vulgar liberals can be when they undertake to demean women.

    David Letterman should be ashamed of himself for picking on a 14-year-old girl.

    Comment by Steverino (1b3695) — 6/9/2009 @ 7:41 pm

  2. I like it that in Palin’s response during an interview she called him, “good OLD David Letterman.” She should harp on that more. The guy has obviously lost whatever talent he may once have had.

    Comment by Gesundheit (9ca635) — 6/9/2009 @ 7:41 pm

  3. Next time I catch him downtown with his family I am going to throw my doggie bag on his table and insult his wife and child. It won’t be hard to dream up — they are certainly homelier than Sarah.

    Another degenerate bathing in his ego.

    Comment by HeavenSent (1e97ff) — 6/9/2009 @ 7:42 pm

  4. Another instance of where the Left displays their actual sexism and misogyny, as opposed to the usual ginned up outrage reserved for conservatives. Imagine if Hannity had said that, a twist on the image if Bush had done that metric …

    Comment by JD (a7fa4a) — 6/9/2009 @ 7:50 pm

  5. Now you know when I snicker when the “At long last, have you no decency” card gets played by the Dems without fail.

    Hey, Letterman’s had a hard week. I’m surprised he showed up sober.

    Comment by Techie (482700) — 6/9/2009 @ 7:50 pm

  6. When will Letterman start beating up on Biden? Old Amtrak Joe is about as mentally feeble as they come. ( http://firstconservative.com/blog/political-humor/political-humor-what-would-biden-say )

    Of course he won’t ever demean a lefty, but by continuing to embarrass himself, his only remaining credibility will be with those of equally leftist views. Letterman’s audience laughed at the same “Bush is stupid” jokes for eight years.

    Comment by MAS1916 (054f07) — 6/9/2009 @ 7:57 pm

  7. As Ace pointed out, old Dave also knocked up his baby mama. But I guess that’s okay, because he’s liberal.

    Comment by Patricia (2183bb) — 6/9/2009 @ 8:18 pm

  8. At least Letterman is picking on someone his own age

    Comment by DaveinPhoenix (699f08) — 6/9/2009 @ 8:21 pm

  9. It would have been revolting if it was an older Palin daughter as well.

    I don’t believe Carson would have come close to something like that.

    Comment by MD in Philly (3d3f72) — 6/9/2009 @ 8:30 pm

  10. If OLD Dave wasn’t a flaming liberal he’d be labled a hypocrite. But as he swings left he’s just a good OLD boy. What a piece of work and absolutely not funny. He should have stuck to stupid pet tricks. Nepotism would have helped him there.

    Comment by PatriotRider (37b91c) — 6/9/2009 @ 8:33 pm

  11. I don’t believe Carson would have come close to something like that.

    Carson was actually funny.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/9/2009 @ 8:40 pm

  12. David Letterman should be fired. HE is a crass, ignorant,has been. If he had one ounce of decency in him he would apologize for that remark, but he doesn’t and he won’t. When are we Americans going to stand up and say “enough is enough”. You don’t have to be republican to be offended by him, just a decent, honest, law abiding, hard working American. Especially those with daughters that we cherish and try to protect from hate mongers like him.

    Comment by Willis (df93ad) — 6/9/2009 @ 8:45 pm

  13. Typical liberal.

    Comment by Terry Gain (6b2a64) — 6/9/2009 @ 8:50 pm

  14. Comedy, or at least what’s funny at the time, tends to go in and out of style.

    For example, Foster Brooks and W.C. Fields are funny now in an archaic sense. As are Chevy Chase and Richard Pryor.

    But Letterman is a class almost all by himself. He was funny, irreverent and cutting-edge for a long time, but then he just became a bitter old man. His other partners in the bitter old man category are Olbermann, with Jon Stewart pulling up a close third.

    It’s a story as old as time itself. Hasn’t anyone else noticed that the comedians and satirists who stand the test of time are the ones who don’t become bitter?

    Comment by Ag80 (3c1dfb) — 6/9/2009 @ 8:53 pm

  15. The problem isn’t poor taste, it’s blind hatred.

    Comment by Glen Wishard (02562c) — 6/9/2009 @ 8:55 pm

  16. I would like to introduce David Letterman to one or two of my clients, in prison. They would treat him nice. They would make him shave his legs. They would paint breasts on his back. They would send him down the cellblock telling him, “Bring me back a pack of cigarettes”. When he came back, they would say “Now go and bring me a dollar”. When he came back, “Now go and bring me another dollar”. Etc., but you get the picture.

    I don’t know that I would call it a hate-____, though. They are all Obama supporters, after all.

    Comment by nk (905fe3) — 6/9/2009 @ 9:05 pm

  17. I see no proof Willow was at the baseball game.

    She’s not in any of the pictures.

    And your link, “Palin was being honored at an anniversary celebration for the Manorville-based Independent Group Home Living Inc. after attending a Yankees game. She was joined by her husband, daughter Willow and a sister.

    implies she wasn’t with Palin at the game.

    Comment by poon (093c46) — 6/9/2009 @ 9:14 pm

  18. Leave the kids alone.

    Comment by Joe (17aeff) — 6/9/2009 @ 9:32 pm

  19. 17. If the current resident at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue announced that he was taking a little time off to do the “Mecca Waltz,” would you even condemn that?

    Comment by Leonardo DaFinchi (8c0a12) — 6/9/2009 @ 9:33 pm

  20. As are Chevy Chase

    You are aware that liars all burn in hell, right?

    There has never been a point in time when, without the staff of SNL writers to prop him up, Chevy Chase has ever been funny.

    Comment by poon — 6/9/2009 @ 9:14 pm

    It remains that the joke is without class, and is something of which he should be ashamed.

    Comment by Scott Jacobs (90ff96) — 6/9/2009 @ 9:35 pm

  21. A vicious little man.

    Comment by rrpjr (673585) — 6/9/2009 @ 9:35 pm

  22. Good work, poon! You are just demonstrating that you never believed any of the Left of center thoughts about sexism. Look at what you are excusing.

    But then, you are just a troll. You don’t believe in anything, I guess. Other than belching up empty bitter snark.

    Which brings us back to Letterman.

    Comment by Eric Blair (5a226d) — 6/9/2009 @ 9:43 pm

  23. Did McCain’s joke about Chelsea Clinton prevent you from voting for him?

    What was it?

    Oh, yeah:

    Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno.

    Well?

    Comment by poon (093c46) — 6/9/2009 @ 9:44 pm

  24. Yup, poon has managed to out-poon itself. What a tool.

    Comment by JD (a7fa4a) — 6/9/2009 @ 9:46 pm

  25. Oh. My. God.

    Yep. Rape jokes are SO much more feminist, aren’t they.

    J.A.T.

    Oh, and how about this?

    “I made a very unfortunate and insensitive remark. It was the wrong thing to do, and I have no excuse for it.”

    – Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, June 11, 1998

    We’ll be waiting for Letterman to apologize, right?

    Comment by Eric Blair (5a226d) — 6/9/2009 @ 9:48 pm

  26. Notice how poon confuzzles voting for someone with voting against someone?

    Does not really matter, since it is being a mendoucheous *sshat.

    Comment by JD (a7fa4a) — 6/9/2009 @ 9:49 pm

  27. Tell you what, poon. You just stop posting until Letterman apologizes, okay? Fair enough?

    Of course, that wouldn’t stop you. You would just post under yet another sockpuppet name.

    Comment by Eric Blair (5a226d) — 6/9/2009 @ 9:51 pm

  28. Eric – IT IS DIFFERENT !

    Comment by JD (a7fa4a) — 6/9/2009 @ 9:51 pm

  29. I see no proof Willow was at the baseball game

    It makes no difference whether Willow,Bristol,or Piper were at the game.The joke was disgusting,a cheap shot,and it was way over the line.If Sean or Rush said anything about Obama’s kids the left would be outraged and demand their immediate dismissal.

    Comment by cleantalkingchimp (8fe8ed) — 6/9/2009 @ 9:59 pm

  30. “It makes no difference whether Willow,Bristol,or Piper were at the game.”

    It does when DRJ put this in her post:

    “What you need to understand to see the humor: the daughter Palin brought to the game was Willow Palin. Who is 14 years old.”

    I say that’s a false statement and it should be backed up or removed.

    Comment by poon (093c46) — 6/9/2009 @ 10:07 pm

  31. Take a look at what David Letterman is marrying. Maybe that explains it. Link is safe — legitimate photos of Letterman and his husband.

    Comment by nk (905fe3) — 6/9/2009 @ 10:14 pm

  32. David Letterman stopped being funny a long time ago. This stuff isn’t funny. It’s degrading both to the person who spoke it–and the person who laughs at it. Classy but not funny David Letterman also referred to Sarah Palin as “slutty”.

    I don’t know what’s wrong with David Letterman, but he needs some help. Maybe “poon” can soothe his fevered brow.

    Comment by Mike Myers (674050) — 6/9/2009 @ 10:20 pm

  33. What’s wrong with David Letterman is that teenagers liked him when he first went on the air and then nobody else came along to fill the vacuum which is TV and Hollywood these days.

    Comment by nk (905fe3) — 6/9/2009 @ 10:24 pm

  34. Try watching Craig Ferguson, nk.

    He’s as funny as Letterman used to be.

    Comment by poon (093c46) — 6/9/2009 @ 10:27 pm

  35. We don’t watch TV.

    Comment by nk (905fe3) — 6/9/2009 @ 10:29 pm

  36. I say poon is a false flag and should be backed up or removed.

    Comment by Jim Treacher (796deb) — 6/9/2009 @ 10:33 pm

  37. i came up with a similar ‘joke’ regarding Ear Leader and his family, but i have too much respect for our host, and besides, someone might say i was racist for telling it.

    Comment by redc1c4 (fb8750) — 6/9/2009 @ 10:52 pm

  38. “…I say that’s a false statement and it should be backed up or removed….”

    I say that poon should quit posting until Letterman apologizes. Since he/she doesn’t seem to think that Letterman’s statement is so awful, and is splitting hairs very fine to defend that garbage…

    Oh, and Patterico posted this article, not DRJ.

    Comment by Eric Blair (5a226d) — 6/9/2009 @ 10:59 pm

  39. Eric,

    Given Patterico’s thirst for accuracy in others, I’m sure he’ll want to check into his own statement.

    Comment by poon (093c46) — 6/9/2009 @ 11:27 pm

  40. On what basis do you dispute that any of the Palin children attended the game with Gov. Palin, poon?

    Comment by JD (f9b882) — 6/9/2009 @ 11:39 pm

  41. Don’t forget his thirst for the blood of sockpuppets!

    Comment by Eric Blair (5a226d) — 6/9/2009 @ 11:43 pm

  42. Even Letterman’s distasteful joke notes that Palin’s child/children were there. You really are a mendoucheous troll, poon.

    Comment by JD (f9b882) — 6/9/2009 @ 11:43 pm

  43. “On what basis do you dispute that any of the Palin children attended the game with Gov. Palin, poon?”

    They don’t appear in any of the pictures or videos that were taken of Palin at the game, JD.

    And all the accounts of the game say just Sarah and Todd joined Rudy and his latest wife there.

    Comment by poon (093c46) — 6/9/2009 @ 11:48 pm

  44. Try watching Craig Ferguson, nk.

    He’s as funny as Letterman used to be.

    And he [object] Sarah Palin.

    Comment by otcconan (ca6672) — 6/9/2009 @ 11:51 pm

  45. So, poon/alphie/monkeyboy/sniffles/tupnip, who was Letterman referring to?

    Comment by JD (f9b882) — 6/9/2009 @ 11:52 pm

  46. You know, the thing about trolls is that they sit on their butts, playing the “you can’t prove” or “it depends on your definition” game. The result is that they try to get other people to run around, while they sit there and snark. Easy work for them, and irritating for others.

    This troll is no different.

    It doesn’t matter if the Palins were double dating with the Giuliani’s at the game. What matters is that Letterman was making offensive and sexist statements about little girls (and about Palin herself).

    And the troll doesn’t respond to that. Because it is only bad to be a sexist or racist if you have an “R” after your name. People with “D”s after their names can say anything they want, and the press pants like a pug on a hot day in agreement.

    Again, poon, why not cease to post until Letterman apologizes? You brought up McCain. McCain apologized. How about Letterman? You have never even criticized Letterman’s statements. But you certainly have criticized Republicans. So take the pledge!

    But why would you? Alphabetists like yourself don’t care about anything but D or R.

    Actually, I am giving you more credit than you deserve.

    J.A.T.

    Comment by Eric Blair (5a226d) — 6/9/2009 @ 11:56 pm

  47. I think poon’s point about McCain’s offensive and patently lameass joke about Chelsea Clinton is entirely pertinent in this thread. It didn’t prevent you guys for casting a vote that favored McCain over Obama, did it? And whose children did Obama insult? Or Hillary Clinton for that matter?

    But that’s different. Right? Because that was just a harmless joke and this – this!- is completely and utterly classless.

    Well, it is classless. But stick to your fuckin’ guns, especially if you’re going to go around accusing liberals of being hypocrites.

    Comment by Leviticus (20b7ac) — 6/10/2009 @ 12:45 am

  48. Oops. Rescinded. If McCain apologized, it seems fair to demand an apology from Letterman. Not that it wouldn’t have been fair anyway, given the nature of the remark, but it does add some weight to your argument.

    Comment by Leviticus (20b7ac) — 6/10/2009 @ 12:50 am

  49. Letterman should get a suspension, at the very least. A-Rod should be just as upset as the Palins. Anyone who defends this gets NO RIGHT EVER to attack Anne Coulter.

    Comment by Kevin Murphy (0b2493) — 6/10/2009 @ 1:10 am

  50. Ya know, maybe it’s just me using my right name and all, but posting IP addresses with comments might cut down on this kind of trolling.

    Comment by Kevin Murphy (0b2493) — 6/10/2009 @ 1:12 am

  51. Hmmm. Seems the same angry conservatives who read and complain about the Los Angeles Times tune into the big bad CBS for a dose of Letterman as well. Very 90′s of you. Should make Newtie happy. Stop watching CBS and stop reading the LAT. Try Stephen Colbert’s ‘Colbert Report’ at 11:30 instead. Much funnier seeing a mock conservative mock conservative values with equal opportunity lampooning.

    Comment by The Banned in Boston & Pattericoville DCSCA (9d1bb3) — 6/10/2009 @ 1:22 am

  52. A-Rod should be just as upset as the Palins.

    I’d feel more sorry for him, but he had more than adequate warning that New York in general was going to keep behaving like an abusive spouse towards him if he didn’t avail himself of that escape clause in his contract after the 2007 season. Being used as the punchline in a joke about statutory rape isn’t outside the range of what he’s had to put up with during his last five plus years as a Yankee.

    Comment by M. Scott Eiland (5ccff0) — 6/10/2009 @ 1:30 am

  53. So, poon/alphie/monkeyboy/sniffles/tupnip, who was Letterman referring to?

    You forgot Staunch Brayer.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/10/2009 @ 3:35 am

  54. Letterman reviews all jokes before he goes on air.He takes ownership of this offensive remark.Mrs.Pallin can go to Auburn,N.Y. and draw 20,000 plus people could Letterman do the same?

    Comment by mike191 (411342) — 6/10/2009 @ 3:51 am

  55. Letterman reviews all jokes before he goes on air.He takes ownership of this offensive remark.Mrs.Pallin can go to Auburn,N.Y. and draw 20,000 plus people could Letterman do the same?

    Comment by mike191 (411342) — 6/10/2009 @ 3:51 am

  56. So, Palin attends a Yankees game, and Letterman then jokes about Alex Rodriguez raping Palin’s 14-yr old daughter during the seventh inning stretch. poon’s defense of Letterman is that Willow wasn’t actually in Yankees Stadium at the time, as though that matters.

    I would like to know why commenters bother arguing with poon.

    Comment by Scrutineer (7a27e6) — 6/10/2009 @ 4:23 am

  57. I would wonder why it’s allowed the continued privilege of posting.

    Defending the indefensible, and all that, y’know.

    Comment by Dr. K (eca563) — 6/10/2009 @ 4:26 am

  58. Remember, folks – anyone with a moniker that describes the type of feces left in the forest by wild animals pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?

    Comment by Dmac (f7884d) — 6/10/2009 @ 6:13 am

  59. Well… Kevin Murphy (in 49) gets all huffy about posting in his right name. How does HE know that Gesundheit isn’t what my mother called me?!?!

    And I am personally convinced that poon is posting under his own name. It’s just a charming affectation that shows his (her?) humility not to capitalize it. But I’ll bet when he was born his mother looked at him and said, “Poon!”

    Comment by Gesundheit (47b0b8) — 6/10/2009 @ 6:43 am

  60. For the record, here’s the report from Newsday:

    Palin was being honored at an anniversary celebration for the Manorville-based Independent Group Home Living Inc. after attending a Yankees game. She was joined by her husband, daughter Willow and a sister.

    Comment by Karl (ade276) — 6/10/2009 @ 6:47 am

  61. And to Leviticus, while the joke that McCain told was certainly rude, it was a joke told about an ADULT child – and it was the old standby of questioning her parentage. It was not suggesting that it would be funny for her to get raped. While it is tasteless, it is in a rather different category.

    I don’t think that any politician, of any party, should talk with so little dignity. I think it’s a disgrace to our nation that Dick Cheney through around the f-word in the Senate chambers. Is he some illiterate teenager that he can’t argue more intelligently than that?

    But then, looking at the condition of our country and the pattern of our legislation in the last 3 decades or more, it makes sense that our discourse becomes increasingly scatological.

    Comment by Gesundheit (47b0b8) — 6/10/2009 @ 6:49 am

  62. Dmac, when I was a kid, living in Arkansas, Poon-Tang was used to describe female genetalia… as in “I’m gonna get some poon-tang.”

    Much more akin to the vulgarity of the left methinks!

    Comment by GM Roper (85dcd7) — 6/10/2009 @ 6:51 am

  63. David Letterman is not funny. He is mean. And he is an aging man whose own days on the air are numbered. He just doesn’t realize it yet.

    Comment by bio mom (a1e126) — 6/10/2009 @ 6:54 am

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

    I’d suggest contacting CBS and bitching about it directly to them. Letterman stepped over the line. What he said was ugly, mean and vile. Just as vile than the “nappy-headed ho” comment from Imus.

    Comment by Vivian Louise (eeeb3a) — 6/10/2009 @ 7:10 am

  65. Here is what I just sent:

    “I am beyond offended at the “joke” Letterman told about Willow Palin. Since when is it acceptable to make light of raping a 14 year old girl? Since when is it acceptable to make a joke out of rape EVER? Letterman owes a public appology to Sarah Palin, Willow Palin and Alex Rodrieguez. Make that happen.

    I will be writing to the advertisers of Late Night with David Letterman as well.”

    Comment by Vivian Louise (eeeb3a) — 6/10/2009 @ 7:16 am

  66. I don’t think that any politician, of any party, should talk with so little dignity. I think it’s a disgrace to our nation that Dick Cheney through around the f-word in the Senate chambers. Is he some illiterate teenager that he can’t argue more intelligently than that?
    Comment by Gesundheit — 6/10/2009 @ 6:49 am

    I agree wholeheartedly in principle, but when Cheney was later asked about the remark, he pointed out that it was in a private conversation, FWIW, and that he did not regret it because it was deserved by whoever it was he was talking to. Methinks in earlier times there would have been a fistfight, or perhaps the challenge to a duel. (And I would favor Cheney, all jokes about going hunting with him aside).

    Comment by MD in Philly (3d3f72) — 6/10/2009 @ 7:27 am

  67. Motherhood is the new sexual deviancy.

    Comment by Amphipolis (fdbc48) — 6/10/2009 @ 7:42 am

  68. I’m tired of this rage for apologies over “inappropriate” speech. This is America; you can say what you want to say, and no one has any right not to be offended. I’d actualy admire Letterman if he refused to apologize. Maybe conservatives could learn something from it and toughen up.

    Comment by rrpjr (59f8c8) — 6/10/2009 @ 8:07 am

  69. Sent through the CBS comment site.

    “Letterman’s top ten joke about Sarah Palin’s “Slutty stewardess look” was bad enough. But to make a joke about A-rod “fathering a child with Sarah Palin’s daughter during the 7th inning stretch” really takes the cake. The daughter who was at the game is 14 years old. A-rod should sue him for defamation as Letterman basically accused him of either statutory rape or pedophilia.

    Letterman used to be funny. Lately he has just been a bitter old man pushing his far left political agenda with no respect for community standards or class. He should stick to the stupid pet tricks gag as at least that is not attacking the reputation of a 14 year old girl who’s only crime is being born to a conservative mother.”

    Comment by Jay Curtis (8f6541) — 6/10/2009 @ 8:25 am

  70. Yeah, those conservatives should stop acting like little crybabies! Why, just look at the left and how they deal with speech they deem to be unacceptable…

    BTW, rrpjr, got any examples of that?

    Comment by Dmac (f7884d) — 6/10/2009 @ 8:26 am

  71. rrpjr, maybe after Democrats “toughen up” your comment might make some sense … but probably not.

    Comment by SPQR (72771e) — 6/10/2009 @ 8:37 am

  72. I’m tired of this rage for apologies over “inappropriate” speech.
    Comment by rrpjr — 6/10/2009 @ 8:07 am

    Ditto. I did not ask for an apology. I simply provided feedback to CBS so that they would understand that not everyone thinks Letterman is funny.

    Everyone has the right to say what they think. There is no “right” not to be offended. What I get tired of is the disparity in how a comment by a conservative compared to one by a Liberal is handled. Conservatives need to learn not to automatically cowtow to every Liberal that is offended. If you meant to so it, stand by it. In other words, cowboy up and take a stand.

    Comment by Jay Curtis (8f6541) — 6/10/2009 @ 8:38 am

  73. Gesundheit: You’re kind of cleaning up the McCain comment more than it deserves. It wasn’t merely tasteless, but a cruel comment directed at a young woman who had just recently turned 18. He used his national platform and stature to deride her as “ugly.”

    He did apologize, and Letterman should do the same.

    Maybe Letterman’s writers thought it would be funny to make a joke about “podunk Palin” and her daughters getting knocked up, not bothering to think that the girl at the game was a kid. But to give them that maximum benefit of the doubt, I’d be doing the same thing as you’re doing with McCain.

    Party ID aside, both of the adults were wrong to drag in people’s kids.

    Comment by Myron (98529a) — 6/10/2009 @ 8:51 am

  74. On a related note, CBS is finalizing Letterman’s contract for another two years.

    This might remind folks that Letterman is not just exercising “free speech”, but is instead providing a media product for hire. His employers have every right to limit or control what he says, and we have every right to take Letterman and his employers to task if we are offended.

    It’s not like Letterman’s ratings are going up, ya know.

    Comment by Kevin Murphy (0b2493) — 6/10/2009 @ 8:51 am

  75. Yeah, Conan’s going to beat him like a drum, even more than Leno did. But Letteremzn’s production house did Conan’s show for years on NBC, so he still gets the last laugh, no matter who wins the ratings battle.

    Comment by Dmac (f7884d) — 6/10/2009 @ 8:54 am

  76. The whole country understood that McCain was deadwood and that Sarah Palin was, and still is, the only threat to the Magical Mau Mau. That’s why the hatred for her from the left.

    Comment by nk (905fe3) — 6/10/2009 @ 8:56 am

  77. Kevin Murphy: You are correct on No. 73. I was arguing the same thing during the Imus flap. He has the right to speech, but no inherent right to a successful radio show paid for by advertisers. That’s a privilege and with it comes a responsibility.

    And if someone has the right to offend, others have the right to say they are offended or to boycott a company.

    Imus, Letterman, any of them can say anything they want on a street corner somewhere. But their respective media companies have no obligation to air it if they feel the talkers are violating rules prescribed by the company.

    Comment by Myron (98529a) — 6/10/2009 @ 8:56 am

  78. Isn’t Letterman’s Child the product of sex outside marriage?

    He is just the nastiest hypocrite. CBS should be proud.

    Comment by Zoe (91e7f5) — 6/10/2009 @ 9:15 am

  79. How would you like it if someone conflated Bill Clinton’s penchant for young women to the Obama children?

    Would you be satisfied with being told to “get tough”?

    Some things should be off limits. Period.

    Comment by Dr. K (eca563) — 6/10/2009 @ 9:24 am

  80. Such Political Correctness in here!

    Comment by David Ehrenstein (957272) — 6/10/2009 @ 9:59 am

  81. Wow. I just clicked nk’s link and have also discovered the source of Letterman’s bitterness. Even if you don’t judge the bride on her looks, the opening of the article tells you all you need to know:

    The bride wore a navy blue suit

    Letterman, like many aging lefties, is increasingly angry and bitter. Ferguson, Jon Stewart, Colbert and Conan all eat his lunch.

    Comment by carlitos (7d2345) — 6/10/2009 @ 10:05 am

  82. I haven’t watched Letterman for years. Can’t stand him.
    I only hope his son doesn’t have to endure such crude remarks by some TV Host who thinks he is relevant.

    Comment by LBC (adf480) — 6/10/2009 @ 10:10 am

  83. Just read that today Letterman doubled down on this with some guy named “Thatcher’?? and called Willow a prostitute. Don’t know if that is true but if he did then, what is the matter with this man? Is he suffering early dementia?

    Comment by bio mom (a1e126) — 6/10/2009 @ 10:25 am

  84. Re: Cheney remarks…
    The Vice-President was in a private conversation with the Senior Senator from Vermont, Patrick Lehey, whose bonafides had previously been established by his being stricken from the Intellegence Cmte for leaking classified data to the press for political purposes (removed by his own caucus) – which is where he got the nickname of “Leaky”.

    Comment by AD - RtR/OS! (d97860) — 6/10/2009 @ 10:41 am

  85. I am sadly not surprised that folks like poon try to obfuscate and Myron engages in a bit of equivalancy. When was the last time something like this actually backfired on a Leftist? Can you imagine if Bush had said something like that? Hannity?

    Comment by JD (a1ad9d) — 6/10/2009 @ 10:41 am

  86. I thought I was quite clear, JD.

    I believe Patterico’s statement that Willow Palin was at the Yankee’s game is false.

    How much clearer can I be?

    Comment by poon (093c46) — 6/10/2009 @ 10:52 am

  87. How about Obama’s daughter Sasha and Malia having a threesome with Alex Rodriguez?

    Hilarious! :0 I believe I can write for Letterman!

    Comment by Alina Dominguez (b0e30b) — 6/10/2009 @ 11:03 am

  88. I believe Patterico’s statement that Willow Palin was at the Yankee’s game is false.

    Well, you’re wrong. Do a Google search of:

    “sarah palin” yankee baseball

    The third hit is from SportsBusiness Daily, which is a subscription site. But you get the following blurb on Google:

    Meanwhile, Rays Owner STUART STERNBERG and his family “walked into Yankee Stadium” yesterday with Alaska Gov. SARAH PALIN and her family, who were guests of …

    So, Sarah Palin and her family were at the game.

    Care to retract your ridiculous objection now?

    Comment by Steverino (69d941) — 6/10/2009 @ 11:16 am

  89. Letterman is not even funny. Why is this ancient political hack and Obama toadie still on the air?

    Watch Leno for real, sidesplitting, classy but irreverent humor. If you want the regular time just Tivo his show.

    Also John Stewart is a big lib, but he is fair and hilarious.

    Retire, go away, just leave, Letterman, ya pathetic loser.

    Comment by Freedom Fan (62d8a9) — 6/10/2009 @ 11:19 am

  90. 84 – Do you really think it matters? Even though if you bothered to follow the link in #59 above:

    Palin was being honored at an anniversary celebration for the Manorville-based Independent Group Home Living Inc. after attending a Yankees game. She was joined by her husband, daughter Willow and a sister.

    Using the children of a politician for political points is beneath contempt. As are you.

    Besides, “humor” is full of stories that are made up just to make a point. The fact of whether she was or was not there is immaterial. The fact that A-Rod could not make it to where she was sitting “do her” and get back to the dugout during the seventh inning stretch is immaterial.

    Comment by Dr. K (eca563) — 6/10/2009 @ 11:21 am

  91. So, poon is still trying to obfuscate, and proving itself to be quite the imbecile in the process. I am curious as to why it would matter whether she were at the game or not. It would not make the joke any less vile.

    Did Barcky denounce this.yet?

    Comment by JD (b86d0b) — 6/10/2009 @ 11:51 am

  92. “But Letterman is a class almost all by himself. He was funny, irreverent and cutting-edge for a long time, but then he just became a bitter old man. His other partners in the bitter old man category are Olbermann, with Jon Stewart pulling up a close third.”

    Right on. I could not have said it better. I used to love Stewart but he has really lost his edge, especially in comparison to Stephen Colbert.

    Comment by Lou (482418) — 6/10/2009 @ 11:51 am

  93. So, poon is still trying to obfuscate, and proving itself to be quite the imbecile in the process. I am curious as to why it would matter whether she were at the game or not. It would not make the joke any less vile.

    Did Barcky denounce this.yet?

    Comment by JD (b86d0b) — 6/10/2009 @ 11:51 am

  94. Letterman is a washed up crapsack.

    I remember his first interview with O’Reilly. No matter what you think of Bill O it was amazing. Told O’Reilly he spewed garbage. O’Reilly asked him if he asked his show and Letterman said:

    “Well that’s what my friends tell me.”

    Idiot.

    O’Reilly came back again and owned the cretin.

    Comment by Morgo (71ec75) — 6/10/2009 @ 12:08 pm

  95. In answer to a couple of posts, a line by Al Pacino in “Scent of a Woman” during his defense of Charley comes to mind. “Poon and Leviticus, where ever you are out there, Fuck You Too.”

    Comment by Tchop (fb0081) — 6/10/2009 @ 6:18 pm

  96. I am a 60yr old male. Where I come from old men don’t make filthy sexual inuendos about 14yr old girls. Dave needs to have his teeth pulled out with a pair of pliars.

    Comment by bart (42c162) — 6/10/2009 @ 6:20 pm

  97. Top ten reasons David Letterman will never get the top spot in late night television…….too many to list.

    Comment by Stevo (0ddded) — 6/10/2009 @ 6:45 pm

  98. The mentality of an adult male — who thinks that the rape of a child serves well as an occasion for humor — is horrid. To then name a specific family, known to the public at large, is despicable beyond description.

    Those that defend such adult males are even worse, for they have the time to ponder these notions and somehow come to justify it.

    One can only imagine the harm and cruelty done to this poor child and her family.

    Comment by Pons Asinorum (737506) — 6/10/2009 @ 7:28 pm

  99. I heard him defended on the news tonight. Apparently comedians get a pass because their job is to make the public laugh, often at the expense of another.

    What’s so revealing about the Lettermans, Mahers, and Stewarts of the world, is that they would never, ever dare to look their target in the eye and say it to them face to face. Nor would Letterman ever look Todd Palin in the eye and say that about his daughter.

    He’s a little punk ass coward with loud dirty mouth in a grownup body.

    (btw, I’ve been thinking about Don Rickles, who surely was the kind of insults, and I can’t remember him ever making a sick misogynistic sexual innuendos at the expense of a minor. Dave has set a new bar).

    Comment by Dana (aedf1d) — 6/10/2009 @ 7:37 pm

  100. If I had to marry a shaved Bassett Hound, just because I knocked her up, after futilely putting it off for years, I still would not be bitter about a beatutiful woman like Sarah Palin and the Palin family too.

    Comment by nk (386fdc) — 6/10/2009 @ 7:47 pm

  101. Hot Air has Letterman’s explanation:

    “We were, as we often do, making jokes about people in the news and we made some jokes about Sarah Palin and her daughter [Bristol]… and now they’re upset with me…” Letterman says on tonight’s show. “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.” Saying he hopes he’s “cleared part of this up,” Letterman extended an invitation to Palin to come on the show as a guest.

    Comment by Dana (aedf1d) — 6/10/2009 @ 8:08 pm

  102. That’s a bold apology. Not. Compare it to McCain’s apology—that actually took ownership of the mistake and the lapse in good taste.

    Letterman did this two nights in a row. He is just making a half-apology because he was deservedly getting bad press.

    I have an idea. Letterman can meet (at his own expense, alone) Todd Palin to explain his rough and tumble sense of humor. I would recommend that Letterman wear a cup.

    Letterman’s a coward. He’ll never do the right thing.

    By the way, McCain called Clinton to personally apologize.

    I guess that is why McCain isn’t cool and hip like Letterman.

    Comment by Eric Blair (b2da6e) — 6/10/2009 @ 8:26 pm

  103. What a creepozoid (Letterman I mean). I hope his she-male shaved basset hound of a husband forgets to lube up the strap-on tonight.

    Comment by nk (386fdc) — 6/10/2009 @ 8:30 pm

  104. nk, as usual, nails it. sometimes, you gotta be crude to be kind, in the right measure.

    Comment by carlitos (7d2345) — 6/10/2009 @ 8:35 pm

  105. Dear Friends,

    David Letterman’s latest Top 10 List and late night monologue directed at Governor Palin and her family is absolutely shameful, to say the least. Not only did Letterman’s list include a vulgar sexual reference to the Governor, but his monologue on June 8 went so far as to try to “joke” about 14-year-old Willow Palin being “knocked up” by Alex Rodriquez at a Yankee game.

    Granted, much is fair game when it comes to public figures and late night comedy. Children, however, are never “fair game” and should never be the subject of such indecent sexual “jokes”. This attempt at comedy, using the suggestion of statutory rape as a punch line, goes beyond a breach of basic decency. Indeed commentary of this nature reflects a much darker, more disturbing trend that has permeated our supposed “entertainment” viewing.

    David Letterman is entitled to his political views just like everyone else, but he is certainly NOT entitled to make explicit and vulgar sexual references toward women and children. We are appalled at such contemptible commentary.

    Team Sarah is calling on members to express their views to CBS regarding this serious matter.

    You may contact CBS at (212)-975-4321, send a message via the online feedback form:

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

    or mail your feedback to:

    CBS Television Network

    51 West 52nd Street

    New York, NY 10019

    Best,

    Lisa S.

    Comment by Karen (1f3e74) — 6/10/2009 @ 9:51 pm

  106. Go Conan!!

    Comment by Rick (e5c93a) — 6/10/2009 @ 11:36 pm

  107. “We were, as we often do, making jokes about people in the news and we made some jokes about Sarah Palin and her daughter [Bristol]… and now they’re upset with me…” Letterman says on tonight’s show.”

    The only way to get through to guys like that is to give them a good old fashion ass-kicking.

    Reasoning with them is a waste of time.

    Comment by Dave Surls (9cde3d) — 6/11/2009 @ 12:25 am

  108. Ah! Conan! Does any other late night name sound as sweet?

    ["David Letterman"]

    Who said that! Ay Cochino! Wash your mouth out with soap!

    Comment by Californio (6657ce) — 6/11/2009 @ 12:29 am

  109. you gotta be crude to be kind, in the right measure.

    Yo corazon Carlitos. Que suave con las letras cancionces, mi amigo. Pero, me siento para mi peor lengua. Just winging it.

    Comment by allan (c67949) — 6/11/2009 @ 1:05 am

  110. Rush Limbaugh did, essentially, the same thing as Dave Letterman. Wed. as I was driving to Ohio (and thus could not post this) he attempted to mock Letterman by reworking Letterman’s joke. Something to the effect that A-Rod would never have sex with Palin’s daughter *during a game* – but after the game he might.

    My point is this: WE DON’T ADVANCE CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES BY ACTING LIKE LIBERALS. Conservatives are pro-life because they believe that all people have intrinsic value, right? Conservatives believe that human beings have an inherent dignity. So potty humor and sex jokes ought to be less common among conservatives than among liberals.

    So much for “talent on loan from God.”

    (This is probably a dead thread by now – but I don’t want to hijack another one with this so I’ll just post it anyway.)

    Comment by Gesundheit (47b0b8) — 6/11/2009 @ 5:14 am

  111. Now do you see the humor?

    No I don’t see any humor, not at all. There’s no humor there, only the public expression of hate from a sick and vulgar mind who thinks it’s funny to reveal the poverty of his intellect. Palin put it best: Letterman is pathetic. He’s also boring. The time has come for him to go home and get a cat.

    Comment by Ropelight (e36d4f) — 6/11/2009 @ 6:09 am

  112. Hey, poon: are you going to admit you were wrong?

    Comment by Steverino (69d941) — 6/11/2009 @ 7:21 am

  113. Steverino – Care to take bets on that?

    Comment by JD (d467d3) — 6/11/2009 @ 7:54 am

  114. Maybe Obama will visit Alaska and apologize for Letterman. This will only work if no one tells Obama that Alaska isn’t a foreign country.

    Comment by Kevin Murphy (0b2493) — 6/11/2009 @ 8:43 am

  115. Did anyone notice that it’s okay with La Raza et al. to stereotype Mexican people negatively if you’re a washed up familiar like Letterman and pro Obama.

    Comment by Haile Tsada (7ff562) — 6/11/2009 @ 9:12 am

  116. Is Alaska the 56th or 57th state?

    Comment by Corwin (ea9428) — 6/11/2009 @ 9:29 am

  117. Steverino – Care to take bets on that?

    Oh, I’m pretty sure poon won’t. But if someone gave me 1,000,000-to-1 odds that he will, I’d bet a dime on it :)

    Comment by Steverino (69d941) — 6/11/2009 @ 10:28 am

  118. Rush Limbaugh did, essentially, the same thing as Dave Letterman. Wed. as I was driving to Ohio (and thus could not post this) he attempted to mock Letterman by reworking Letterman’s joke. Something to the effect that A-Rod would never have sex with Palin’s daughter *during a game* – but after the game he might.

    My point is this: WE DON’T ADVANCE CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES BY ACTING LIKE LIBERALS.

    Um, this is not about conservatives vs. liberals. It’s about people who go out of their way to be decent, vs. people who go out of their way to be “edgy.” Most conservatives and most liberals are decent. Some are edgy and they like to get attention on TV/radio.

    As a decent liberal, I dislike both Letterman’s joke and Limbaugh’s joke. Although my reaction to both of them is sort of “whatever.” Some people are always going to say stupid or obnoxious things — that’s the cost of having a free country and a freewheeling public culture. We don’t have to listen to the idiots, and if we do, we can express our disapproval without overreacting.

    Conservatives are pro-life because they believe that all people have intrinsic value, right? Conservatives believe that human beings have an inherent dignity. So potty humor and sex jokes ought to be less common among conservatives than among liberals.

    Um, hello? Liberals also believe all people have intrinsic value. That’s why we’re pro-equal-rights and pro-health-care. And why we were pro-labor-laws and anti-slavery back when those things were still controversial.

    And you might be interested to know that like you, we are also pro-family values, and pro-economic development, and think that abortion is at best a tragedy.

    Your comment about liberals being the ones to indulge in potty humor and sex jokes is also rather odd, seeing as the apostles of political correctness are usually on the left (though they are a minority of the left).

    The disagreements between decent liberals and decent conservatives in America are not really about values. They are about policy questions: what should be legislated and what is best left to the individual. That is also true for disagreements among liberals and disagreements among conservatives.

    Thanks for listening.

    Comment by eclecticos (8f3e89) — 6/11/2009 @ 11:56 am

  119. If you have a daughter and someone makes a tasteless comment about them you have to defend them As a parent I applaud the Palin’s for calling out that old degenerate for his comments about their daughter and perhaps spotlighting his other sick and sexist comments about young girls, namely Jessica Biel and Lauren Conrad. He is a dirty old man. Period

    Comment by Kwaite (a6aa62) — 6/11/2009 @ 2:04 pm

  120. The problem is that Letterman isn’t funny.
    And Conan isn’t funny either.
    So now with leno gone to prime time what is there to watch at 11.30
    Oh how I miss johnny.

    Comment by frizzer1 (f1e434) — 6/11/2009 @ 3:02 pm

  121. #1- It never ceases to amaze me at how vulgar liberals can be when they undertake to demean women. Apparently you’ve never heard Limbaugh. But oh yes, like Dave, he’s just an entertainer.

    Comment by DCSCA (9d1bb3) — 6/11/2009 @ 8:27 pm

  122. #119- Leno? Letterman? Kimmel? O’Brien? Try Colbert. Hilarious. And he even entertains the troops on site.

    Comment by DCSCA (9d1bb3) — 6/11/2009 @ 8:29 pm

  123. Where is “To Catch A Predator” when you need it? Someone call them and have them pick up ole Letterman for indecency.

    Comment by ncgma (7e7921) — 6/11/2009 @ 9:45 pm

  124. Dear CBS:

    Some notes to you and to your sponsors.

    Creepy, the obsession Letterman has with Governor Palin and her children.

    Shameful, Letterman’s clarification that he did not mean to joke about the rape of a 14 year-old girl, but meant the rape of an 18 year-old girl.

    Bizarre, the corporate culture of CBS that awarded a $120 million contract to Letterman – implicit defense of his jokes about rape of children of prominent people.

    Congrats CBS, on your lead employee’s induction to the National Organization of Women’s Hall of Shame. You must all be so proud.

    Good-bye Letterman.

    Hello Letterman sponsors:

    I am writing each of you to express my displeasure in your support of an obsessive old man who thinks the rape of children of a prominent family is funny.

    Your chosen CBS spokesman David Letterman is a recent inductee of the National Organization of Women’s Hall of Shame.

    Obviously, my family and I will cease making any purchases of your products. We will ensure that as many friends and relatives are aware of you support of this creepy person as possible.

    Sincerely,

    A former viewer and customer…

    Comment by Pons Asinorum (737506) — 6/12/2009 @ 12:02 pm

  125. Comment by Vivian Louise — 6/10/2009 @ 7:10 am

    Thanks Vivian Louise for the link — made it real conveinent.

    Comment by Pons asinorum (737506) — 6/12/2009 @ 12:04 pm

  126. I think Letterman wishes his wife was as pretty as Sarah Palin. That’s why he attacks her and her family so much. He has a deep seated, unresolved sexual issue.

    Comment by Mary (6bb990) — 6/12/2009 @ 12:26 pm

  127. To Mary #126, you took the words right out of my mouth. Now that I saw a photo of his wife I can see why he attacks Sarah so much, he knows that he wouldn’t stand a chance with someone as classy as Sarah, he wishes so much that he was Todd Palin, look at what Todd gets to wake up to every morning compared to what David the perv wakes up next to no wonder David the perv has so much rage and anger. As far as The David Letterman Show it reminds me of a song from the late 60′s and the words went like this…na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, GOODBYE!!!

    Comment by Pat (a62529) — 6/15/2009 @ 8:37 pm

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