June 16th, 2009
04:38 PM ET
5 years ago

Letterman protest to still go on as planned, says organizer

David Letterman faces a protest rally outside of his Ed Sullivan Theater despite having apologized for a self-admittedly 'coarse' joke.
David Letterman faces a protest rally outside of his Ed Sullivan Theater despite having apologized for a self-admittedly 'coarse' joke.

NEW YORK (CNN) – Despite an apology Monday night from David Letterman, a protest rally outside of Letterman's Ed Sullivan Theater in New York will still go on as planned Tuesday, according to its organizer.

Political documentarian and conservative radio talk show host, John Ziegler, tells CNN that the point of the rally is to, "Raise awareness and get some sort of accountability."

He says that Letterman's apology, "Would have been fine had it come six days ago. This apology came seven days after the fact and his first apology was completely self serving." He added, "We think our voices should still be heard."

The protest is scheduled to take place as Letterman begins taping Tuesday's program. The group is angry over a joke the talk show host told related to the family of Sarah Palin.

Ziegler could not confirm how many of the more than 2,000 people he originally indicated would be attending had canceled. The rally's page on Facebook has approximately 200 confirmed guests. 1,383 have declined the invitation since the Letterman apology.

A significant number of the people who are attending list their residence as out of state.

Ziegler, who produced "Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin was Targeted" is also promoting his upcoming film, "Blocking the Path to 9/11."


Filed under: David Letterman • Sarah Palin
soundoff (315 Responses)
  1. Madagascar9

    tiredother- I so agree. Can't we ever get away from her!

    June 16, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Willy Brown

    Letterman's apology was a week late. He did not mean it. Fire the bum!

    June 16, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    The joke was not one of Daves" best but in this day and age everyone wants blood. Dave apologized –it is too bad that the thousands of other comics who insult others and their jokes are completely off the wall-the rap artist who live by insulting others–yes Dave made a bad joke-get over it.

    June 16, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. dominator

    Isn't the fact that they are planning on protesting a "joke", a joke in itself? Idiots! We have people that are going through very challenging times, financially, emotionally and physically. Here a cause for you morons looking for publicity, get together and give these people support!

    June 16, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. Deanna from California

    Get over it, we have more important issues, for instance....Health Care, Recession, etc., We need to be more proactive on issues, instead of name calling!

    June 16, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. MC

    So is Palin mad because folks may now think that BOTH her teenage daughters were impregnated? Or is it that she discovered on her trip to NYC that ARod did not father Bristol's child? Or perhaps ARod won't admit to fathering the child (give him time . . . as we saw with the steroids, he eventually tells the truth)? Maybe she's actually mad at herself because she finally realized that parading a pregnant, teenage daughter in front of the world isn't "spot-on" parenting.

    June 16, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. Longhorn#1

    I've read most of the comments on this site. The ones making them are obvious the same ones who turned out in mass to vote OBAMA into office. I too am a Democrat but if this is the kind of acceptance attitude you morons have Lord help us with one in the Office. I wonder what the acceptance would hav e been if Letterman made the same remark about Michelle and his children. YOU'RE ALL NOTHING BUT, RAPIST AND SEXUAL PERVERTS IF YOU ACCEPT THIS CRAP.

    June 16, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Ed

    Are these the same idiots that protested and had Whoopy Goldberg's show canceled when she was making jokes on how George Bush was an idiot and was screwing up the country?

    June 16, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. some gurl

    Dont any of these people have to go to work or take care of their family???

    Palin needs to apologize for calling Mr.Obama a terrorist and paling around with them. She sure does dish out the insults, but look what happens when one comes her way.
    UGH move on lady and go away!!

    June 16, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Jeff

    Geez... Get a life people. Everyone has a gaff once in awhile and I suspect that if we turned the microscope on those protesting, we'd find them lacking too... Letterman is just so visible that he makes a wonderful target....

    Sure, the joke wasn't funny, but I doubt it was malicious either...

    Seems to me that people have gotten very thin skins these days and are willing to protest anything at the drop of a hat... So boring...

    June 16, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Marie

    Protest! Protest our soldiers going to war, protest our gas prices, protest the oil companies making billions while so many americans are losing homes, jobs and what little they have managed to save. To protest a joke is a joke. I am the mother of two daughters. I knew the joke was directed to Bristol but was it Letterman who paraded his teenage uwed knocked up daugther in front of the world – Get over it! Palin started it when she did that. You want to be in the publics eye than get a tough skin and turn your back – Protest that

    June 16, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. Kat

    Wow. If she really decides to run for President in 2012, she is going to be the biggest embarassment this country ever had.

    Sara, if you're reading this right now, maybe you should start making a list of things that are going to be brought up during the 2012 election and start thinking of how you're going to provide an answer to the American people (including the people in Northern Virginia) that explains your current outrageous behavior. It really will be an ambush on your family and your career. Think of all the wonderful joe the plumber women in Alaska who had to pay for their own rape kits. It's going to be great.

    June 16, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Colin

    Honestly people, drop it. Palin and her 18 year old are obvioulsy douchbags. Anything for attention is good with them. They should just stay in Alaska and continue hunting by helicopter, because THAT is very fair as well. Todd P, go race a snowmobile or dog or whatever the hell you do, Sarah, just go away and take the messes that you bore with you.

    June 16, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. JJ

    What an incredible waste of time. Palin and her minions have just lost their cause.

    June 16, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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