June 12th, 2009
06:26 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin calls foul on Letterman's 'weak' excuse

(CNN) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Friday it was a "weak, convenient excuse" for talk show host David Lettermen to claim his controversial joke made earlier this week targeted Palin's older daughter, and not 14-year-old Willow.

"My 14-year-old was there with me at the game. She was the only one there with me," Palin said Friday in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

Letterman joked Tuesday that Palin's "daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez" at a recent Yankees game. He admitted the following night that the joke was in "poor taste," but he insisted the line was in reference to 18-year-old Bristol, who gave birth to a boy in December.

"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 said.

"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," he said.

"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."

Palin was unimpressed with Letterman's explanation. "Regardless of which daughter it was - inappropriate," she said Friday.

The former Republican vice presidential nominee said she will "always forgive whomever is asking for forgiveness," but noted that what she's upset about goes beyond Letterman's "sexist, perverted joke."

"This insinuation that it's ok, that it's acceptable to talk like that and then that it's acceptable for the media to not provide the American public, the listeners, the readers the full context of that joke," she said, adding that it's also a "sad commentary on what Americans are fed in terms of full news."

Watch Palin's full interview with Wolf Blitzer this afternoon at 4 and 6 p.m. ET on The Situation Room.


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soundoff (237 Responses)
  1. Tom

    Why is this airhead still in the news? Get over it, idiot!

    June 12, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. David

    Can we PLEASE talk about something that matters?! How about the economy?

    June 12, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Farmer Ted

    Wow, beyond poor taste. Where are the groups defending woman's rights on this one?? If Rush Limbaugh had made the same jokes about Michelle Obama and her daughters, he would of been yanked from the airwaves and this story would be front page news. Another example of the liberal, lack of morals, and politically corrupt media dropping the ball.

    June 12, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Harry

    My God, she actually said that she will "always forgive whomever is asking for forgiveness".

    Delusions of grandeur, anybody?

    What are you, Palin, Jesus Christ?

    June 12, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. sick of palin

    omg already. STOP TALKING ABOUT PALIN. I'm so sick of everything about her. I don't care what she said about Letterman or anybody. Her "ideas" and unintelligent comments make me sick that she's an American, and that she even got so close to being VP. i'm ashamed. so can we please just forget that she exists?

    June 12, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. Nut Cake

    I need to comment on this article! David Letterman have been around a long time cracking jokes and obviously everyone know he was not referring to Palin's 14 year old girl it was Bristol. I dare she use this for her political agenda! She need to get with program if you cant take the heat get out of politics nutball!

    June 12, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. steve

    the dumbest politician in this whole country is actually calling Dave weak? ho ho ho – funny stuff!

    June 12, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. concerned citizen

    Regardless of which daughter it was meant for, I agree for her, it was disgusting and very much so in poor taste. However, he has since apologized, and whether it was sincere or not doesn't matter, it is now her who is keeping this in the spotlight. Wouldn't most mothers want this to just go away?

    June 12, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. BostonDee

    It doesn't matter which daughter he was "joking" about.....it was a disgusting, low-class thing for Letterman to say. He should know better. And, oh yeah, Dave.....people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

    June 12, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. chucky

    lettermen makes these comments about the same time conan o'brien takes over the tonight show? is lettermen still upset that he got rejected by nbc and not being able to take over johnny carson's spot? either way, lettermen is becoming a hack, bitter, exploiting his show to make personnel/political attacks on people/even kids. old and boring, another hater(liberal)

    June 12, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Jim

    of course she calls his excuse "weak".

    what else would we expect the sarah palin to say?

    the thing she's missing is ... he's a comedian. it was a joke. a bad joke, certainly. and so ... he's guilty of being a bad comedian.

    let it go, already.

    June 12, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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