David Letterman has fully apologized to Sarah Palin and her daughters. For the past several days, the country has been consumed with the ‘knocked up by A-Rod’ bad Letterman joke. Did Sarah Palin fail to notice the snipes and tasteless jokes last fall? Why is she so outraged now? The jokes really weren’t any less crude and Letterman was hardly the most frequent offender.
At any rate, here it is–the long awaited Letterman apology:
“I told a joke that was beyond flawed, and my intent is completely meaningless compared to the perception,” he said. “And since it was a joke I told, I feel that I need to do the right thing here and apologize for having told that joke. It’s not your fault that it was misunderstood, it’s my fault. . . . So I would like to apologize, especially to the two daughters involved, Bristol and Willow, and also to the governor and her family and everybody else who was outraged by the joke.”
I suppose for the next few days the cable news shows and others who have been getting so much press off of this bad joke can now analyze the apology. One has to question why, after all the jokes of questionable taste, did Sarah Palin chose now to protest?
According to the Washington Post:
Through mid-March, Leno had made 15 jokes about the Palin daughter’s pregnancy, Stewart had told four on “The Daily Show,” and Letterman checked in with eight, according to an analysis of late-night humor by the Center for Media and Public Affairs, a nonpartisan research organization affiliated with George Mason University.
Perhaps there is more to this than just a mother bear defending her cubs. What do contributors think.
Full Story: Washington Post, June 16. 2009