June 16th, 2009
09:04 PM ET
6 years ago

Letterman protest draws more media than activists

Fifteen protesters showed up Tuesday outside of the studio where David Letterman tapes his talk show program.
Fifteen protesters showed up Tuesday outside of the studio where David Letterman tapes his talk show program.

NEW YORK (CNN) - A protest rally against David Letterman over a failed joke about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her daughter attracted more members of the media than protesters Tuesday afternoon.

A crowd of 15 protesters upset with the late night comic held signs and occasionally shouted as they stood across the street from Letterman's studio.

But they were often hidden from view by the more than 35 members of the media there to cover the protest, and out-shouted by a few very vocal counter-protesters.

Radio talk show host John Ziegler - who is behind the FireDavidLetterman.com Web site that organized the protest, and who is an outspoken supporter of the former Republican vice presidential candidate - told reporters that the turnout at the event was not representative of the number of people who have responded to his site and e-mailed.

He also argued that Letterman should have been fired, and the only reasons that he hasn't been fired were "the media's love of David Letterman and the media's distrust and, I believe, hatred of Sarah Palin."

He also called Letterman's apology - issued on Monday's program and accepted by Palin - bogus and said that the comedian should make a charitable donation to an organization of Palin's choosing.

Ziegler made a film about the 2008 presidential campaign called "Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted."


Filed under: David Letterman • Sarah Palin
soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. tee

    Palin deserved to be attacked.........she is a low budget diva.......who carried out low budget acts.

    June 16, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  2. Bassman

    While the media focused on the sexual jokes, Gov. Palin tryed to stay above it all and use this as a teachable moment.... and the media missed it. Her call to " rise up" and that " men should take a stand against the disrespect of females" went unnoticed. Opportunities missed.

    June 16, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  3. Over Ziegler

    John Ziegler is nothing but a fame... you know what. He has attached himself to Palin because it is the only way he can get ANY attention for his sad and pathetic little radio show.

    June 16, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  4. Steve

    Ahahahahahaha.

    Ziegler, you're pathetic.

    June 16, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  5. Brian

    Hatred of Sarah Palin. Now I wonder why that is.....Doh!

    June 16, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  6. The Unshrub

    John Ziegler makes a living trying to convince others to buy his book on the bad liberal press. Otherwise, he is just a big mouth insulting everyone that doesn't agree with him 100% of the time.

    June 16, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  7. jezoebel

    For the last time, IT WAS A BAD JOKE. A protest over a late night comic telling a bad joke? This is ridiculous. Do we really a bunch of brain-washed nobodies with nothing better to do with their time telling CBS to fire a comic telling a bad JOKE? As a white woman who can actually take a joke, I don't need Palin speaking for me. As for this Ziegler guy, who cares about this loser? He's just another loudmouth nobody desperate for publicity. Someone needs to tell the Bill O'Reilly wannabe that there are more important things in life than your nauseating crush on Palin.

    June 16, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  8. Gord Metcalfe

    15 teabaggers. Ha.

    "Radio talk show host John Ziegler — who is behind the FireDavidLetterman.com Web site that organized the protest, and who is an outspoken supporter of the former Republican vice presidential candidate — told reporters that the turnout at the event was not representative of the number of people who have responded to his site and e-mailed."

    16 teabaggers?

    June 16, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  9. Brad

    Is this guy John Ziegler totally in love with Sarah Palin or what? He and Rich "sat up a little straighter on the couch" Lowry are definitely birds of a feather!

    June 16, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  10. Mike from Texas

    15 protesters? what a joke. Palin, that is how many people who "really" cares about you.

    June 16, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  11. Keith

    Imus said something far less offensive and was canned. He shouldn't have been, and neither should Letterman, but it seems being a money-maker helps.

    Perhaps Palin really should crawl back to Alaska and not come out until 2011 or so, when she might, and I stress might, matter once again.

    June 16, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  12. S Callahan

    This is hysterical.......I sure hope the media got free donuts and coffee from the protestors.

    June 16, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  13. mlaiuppa

    Would this be the same John Ziegler that said "an informed and rational woman is an oxymoron."

    Did he apologize?

    June 16, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  14. Scott Peterson

    That's pathetic. I am so sick to death of people protesting comedians and radio hosts.

    And you will notice, they would never criticize someone the likes of Newt Gingrich for his misogynist mental lapses. They want to make him their president.

    They would never criticize Palin for sniping wolves either.

    Give them a fake apology and then laugh about it later. They're trash.

    June 16, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  15. keekers

    Mr. Z uses his video of Palin for his nightly "play dates" with himself.

    June 16, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  16. ShelleyDee

    Ah! Ziegler! Grabbing onto anyone's 15 minutes. . .

    June 16, 2009 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  17. Frank in Idaho

    Give me a break.

    June 16, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  18. Carl Fortunato

    The question is: why were so many reporters there to cover such a non-event?

    I've seen protests of a thousand people get NO media coverage.

    Why do the media so predictably dance to the right-wing's tune?

    June 16, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  19. Miguel Molina

    How is this gonna get me a new job? Pay my bills so I don't have to accept unemployment for the first time in my life... SILLINESS!!!!

    June 16, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  20. Francisco Cardenas

    Well, the Media should have outnumbered the protestors because the Media made it much more than what it was. FOXnews.com today gave it even more coverage than the Tennesee woman who emailed the "beyond the pale" image of President Obama to her constituents.

    June 16, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  21. ALittleTruth4U

    Another example of idiot right-wingers lapping up whatever is fed to them. The joke was much more derogatory toward A-Rod then any Palin offspring. The fourteen year old was never mentioned. Rape was never mentioned. SP just needs attention, as usual. Can you imagine the white-trash drama this woman would have caused had she been elected to national office?

    At the end of the day the right-wingers got another manufactured, fake- outrage inducing non issue to pull focus away from media coverage of their brethren murdering doctors and military personnel; Palin got more press and CBS & Letterman got record ratings. Win, win, win.

    June 16, 2009 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  22. Crazy Cat Lady

    Pathetic. Simply pathetic.

    But I must admit it's also worth a giggle or two.

    June 16, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  23. No Sarah (Tom)

    No Surprise! We are sick of Sarah and she does not speak for women. She is a very mean spirited women and I take offense to her outrage over this small matter. But what else would anyone expect from a small minded individual!

    GO AWAY SARAH!

    June 16, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  24. Sherry

    I guess Ziegler didn't pay enough people to show up at his protest. I'm surprised Palin and clan wasn't there, since they were so upset about Letterman's joke. I would have thought the "I love to be in the lime-light" Palin, would have been right there leading the protest, wearing some of that $150,000.00 wardrobe.

    June 16, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  25. Catherine Fenton

    So, 35 representatives of the MSM showed up to cover 15 fanatics whining about Sarah Palin eh?

    I marched in an anti-war protest with hundreds of thousands of people, right past the NY Times building.

    Not one word was every printed or aired about it.

    That there is our "liberal media" in action folks.

    June 16, 2009 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
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