June 16th, 2009
04:38 PM ET
11 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. Mobius

    It was a good joke, just a little tame. Stop allowing yourself to be feminized – a joke's a joke. Get over it. Move on.

    June 16, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Patrick - Indianapolis

    Well lets hope it rains, lets hope it pours. How about a raining frogs? Know where I'm going with this??

    June 16, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Cromwell

    It's time to let it go.

    Letterman was wrong and now he has admitted that he was wrong and apologized.

    There are far more important matters that these people can spend their time on.

    June 16, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Fordy in Jamaica

    Don't these people have Jobs?? Or at least shouldn't they be out looking for jobs? America sure has a lot of idle hands on its hands.

    June 16, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. Enough

    Don Imus was forced to resign over his comment, then so should David Letterman. Imus apologized, it had to be dragged out of Letterman.

    June 16, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Margot

    Three words for John Ziegler – GET A HOBBIE!!!

    June 16, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. @BigMisterC

    This is so asnine. Where's the protest over the first lady being compared to a Gorilla by that SC politician?

    June 16, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Belle2

    What does this say about our society–that an audience would laugh at this joke. Everyone needs to ask themselves if they would have laughed if the joke had been about Obama's daughters. I am a Democrat but an apology is not enough. This is not about Letterman; it is about our society. How can we think this is funny?

    June 16, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. slc

    Yes there should be change but may I suggest we start with the monster who raped a 4yr old and only got a 1 yr prison sentence (on CNN homepage), and not the guy who said a bad joke.

    June 16, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Eric

    The joke was funny. So is the porno spoof of Palin...

    June 16, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. Joan

    Well, I think that Palin wants to be noticed and will do anything to get the attention !!!! Does that woman know when to let go !!!!

    Palin – it is time to GO -- Please -- as far as possible would be my wish !!!!!

    June 16, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. mark

    I'd like to hear something about Obama's kids. Talk about cruxifiction.

    June 16, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. renea

    protesting for what the man already aplogize what more do can he do. Sarah Palin can either accept or not accept as simple as that. If she does not accept this apology i really would wonder what was this really all about. Than too the media is giving this too much attention.

    June 16, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Ziegler needs to get a life. It's done with. Bill Maher says way more harsher things about the Palin family than Letterman does. As long as Sarah Palin remains do be in the public spotlight, the jokes are going to keep on coming. I frankly care how harsh they are because I despise everything she stands for. Everything!!!

    June 16, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    I can't believe how moronic this Palin character is.

    June 16, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. MyBadd

    Can we please move on, this rally sounds self-serving!

    June 16, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. Lisa P

    I hope Letterman makes a joke about this guy Ziegler and his ridiculous self-serving "protest" (with tea bags or without, I wonder?). I don't usually tune in but I think I will tonight just to see what happens. Nothing like a little manufactured controversy to boost the ratings - maybe Letterman should thank Ziegler after skewering him 🙂

    June 16, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    It was a joke from a comedian...get over it!

    ~Leno fan

    June 16, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. CF

    Still waiting for Palin's apologies for all the lies and slander she speaks every time she opens her mouth.

    As a public personality, she is open fodder for satire and criticism. Letterman did nothing wrong. Palin needs to get a clue.

    June 16, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. JoseOle

    Well this Ziegler fool is trying to drum up support for a nonissue. It sounds like another Tea Party. Dozens of people are here to call for Letterman's head.

    June 16, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. katy Heys

    This is the same Sarah Palin who used her office to go after her ex brother-in-law. She appears to be very petty. I can't imagine how she thinks this will help her if she runs for office in future.

    June 16, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. John

    The Protest is Politically Motivated and Instigated by Palin.

    There is nothing Wrong to say: “Palin’s Daughter got Knocked up”, because it is the Truth.

    75% girls gets Knocked up before even they turn 18, this is True, so why should it be wrong to say the Truth.

    June 16, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. Grahame

    Just shows how many morons are out there. Have these people nothing better to do. Obviously this comes under the heading
    "Get a Life." These people, with the same i,q. as their shoe size, are obviously suffering from mass hysteria. The only joke really is Sarah
    (if I only had a brain) Palin plus her uneducated hatchlings.

    June 16, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. Al-NY,NY

    the dumb leading the dumber....true sheep. It will get top billing on Faux News

    June 16, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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