June 12th, 2009
06:26 PM ET
12 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. William

    Letterman should receive at the very least the same treatment that Don Imus got for his much less objectionable "nappy headed hoes" remark... he should be summarily ostracized and demonized by the mainstream media and CBS should be forced to fire him. Of course this will not happen, because the media is controlled almost totally by clueless, ignorant liberals just like Letterman, and just like all his moronic supporters across the country who are so indoctrinated with liberal ideology (their religion of choice) that they cannot recognize the very obvious hypocrisy and double standard at play here.

    June 12, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. paul

    Who cares! Don't we have more important things to be concerned about other than petty jokes.

    June 12, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Brad

    Please stop reporting on her CNN! You are only encouraging her ridiculous ideas. She is irrelevant and noone cares what she thinks.

    June 12, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Blue in maine

    Even Henry the Eighth allowed for a court jester. Lighten up GOP.

    June 12, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Adam from Ohio

    What is this? The Daily Palin?

    CNN, it's time to get over this woman of "weak" intellect AND her petty feuds. I mean, really. The one-time nominee for vice president of the United States of America is in a feud with a comedian, and this is worthy of continual news updates?

    June 12, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Joe

    Sarah Palin needs to calm down and stop trying to keep herself in the limelight. She is just looking for ways to keep herself known, even it's likely no one took the comment to be about her 14 year old daughter until she mentioned it. Calm down and go back to watching Russia for us.

    June 12, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Antonio

    He's a comedian. Whether you like his jokes or not, that's all it is. If you can't take the heat, keep yourself and your children out of the fire.

    June 12, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Joe

    What is wrong with this woman? She should have never commented on something stupid said by Letterman. She looks more ridiculous every day focusing on a few tasteless jokes. Get over it already!

    June 12, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Favi

    Hahaha!! It is a funny joke!
    The Palins are in the spotlight. ALL OF THEM! Get used to it!

    June 12, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Greg

    I cannot wait for the 2012 presidential primaries to be over. This way once Palin gets her annoying phony behind handed to her she will sink back into crooked Alaskan political obscurety never to heard from again. This woman (and her family) is one of the most annoying politicians/attention grabbers since Newt in the early 90's and Paris Hilton. And the media follows her around like a lost puppy. What has this woman ever done but embarrass herself and turn Alaska into a Socialist state?

    June 12, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. Independent

    its kinds scary how many of you people absolutely hate this woman, I mean despise , its crazy. she's beautiful smart she's not hateful she's passionate consistent charismatic, I mean even if you don't agree with her views on policy just say that, why the immense twisted hate? I really don't understand it. I mean alot of people didn't agree with hillary but you never saw anything like this. you guys better watch out because the middle in this country does not like bullies and disagrees with hateful speech, you guys are such a suck mob your gonna bounce yourself right out of power.

    June 12, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. a little sad

    I find that Ms Palin's faux outrage is "weak".

    But I like that she makes a mountain out of every molehill. Wouldn't want her to ever start looking credible.

    June 12, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Steve

    The difference between Letterman's jokes and Palin's clear implication that Letterman is a pedophile is the difference between tasteless and reprehensible.

    Besides, this is the woman who has paraded her children around whenever it benefits her, and who let her daughter become spokesman for an abstinence campaign sponsored by a clothing maker that markets provocative clothing to tweens. She has no high ground here. Indeed, she's just hit a new low.

    June 12, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Liz

    Just another case of David Lettermam being crude and rude. That is why we stopped watching him years ago. What he said was not funny, and in the poorest of taste. CBS should put out a statememt condemning his comments.

    June 12, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. FromTampa

    Sarah is weak... keep your family out of the limelight!

    June 12, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. malabar

    sarah palin is right
    had this been said about anyone on the left, heads would roll

    June 12, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. Wade

    And who cares about Palin? SHE'S the one who dragged her kids around with her on the campaign trail, exploiting them for all they are worth, and that definitely includes the one who was pregnant at the time. To now say Letterman crossed a line with this is seriously hypocritical. I wish she and her nut job family would go back to Alaska. They do not represent mainstream America.

    June 12, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. Tektite in Houston

    Letterman – another Howard Stern wannabe.

    June 12, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. kim

    David Letterman is Comic, get over it! and CNN, you article made it seem as if David Letterman rolled over and bowed down in acknowledgment. David Letterman did no such thing. I watched that show. He is a comic and he should not and really did not apologize. David stood his ground as a comic. Shame on you CNN for misrepresenting what Dave joked about into some sad apology.

    June 12, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. Gretta

    If Ms. Palin wants to be in the limelight, then she needs to accept the consequences of "notariety". Get over it.

    June 12, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. Judy Kenson

    Letterman should absolutely apologize. He was way out of line.

    June 12, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. Jim

    Sarah Palin and her family belong on reality TV, not in a governor's mansion or god forbid, the White House.

    June 12, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. Pete Pizza

    Last I checked, Letterman is a comedian, not a newsman. And Sarah Palin trying to gain moral high ground by calling him sexist and perverted, THAT's weak. He doesn't owe her an apology. He was making a joke, which is his job, and as a public figure she- and her family- are fair game. She's just going to have to get used to it and stop blaming all her failures and humiliations on the media.

    June 12, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. JM

    Sarah must be loving all this with all the publicity she is getting.

    June 12, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. dave sucks

    Letterman is simply a pig. What if a similar joke were made about the President's daughter or daughters? Would Dave still have a job?

    June 12, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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