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. Beny

    She is such a loser, like all the republicans. This is one reason I refuse to ever vote for one! OBAMA 2012!

    June 16, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Mark Halpert

    Give me a break

    Letterman wanted press coverage and so did Palin - they both got it - and they both over did it

    If the press would cover what was important and let this headline grabbing go – we could focus on the real issues

    June 16, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Matt

    Why did the wolf cross the road?
    Because it was fleeing Sarah Palin's helicopter!

    How many Sarah's does it take to win an election?
    -1

    When a Palin sneezes alone in the woods, does it make a sound?
    Absolutely, it's covered on all major news outlets.

    More jokes! More jokes!

    June 16, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Carlos L. Harrisburg PA

    Is it me or everytime that Sarah Palin comes out is to pick some kind of fight with someone.

    June 16, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Mike in Kansas

    Let them protest big deal!

    June 16, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Steve

    ENOUGH!!!!! Leave the guy who makes me relax after a hard days work alone.

    More jokes DAVE. WE SUPPORT YOU. DO NOT GO ANYWHERE!!!!!!

    June 16, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. jolly john

    Sooooooooo........protesting a comedian unlike the people in Iran who are protesting for something important.What a frivolous waste of time,the guy said sorry, so let it go.America has grown so petty lately,it makes me sad.

    June 16, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Dan Holiday

    I love it when liberals start acting like conservatives. How is that, you ask? Well, if this happened last year, and to Michelle Obama instead, they would be on here asking for blood. Now they just dismiss it as nothing and ask why these protesters are not out there working or finding hobbies...funny...that is what we had been thinking for the last eight years you whiners were out there protesting everything and nothing...lol. How rich.

    June 16, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    OMG! And this is the woman who could have been one heartbeat away from becoming our President?

    June 16, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Steve

    The joke was in poor taste. Especially given how premeditated it was... leave the kids out of it.

    Letterman knowingly doused himself in gasoline. His error in which daughter attended was merely the match. Lesson...don't douse yourself in gasoline unless you are REALLY REALLY sure there are no lit matches around.

    But he apologized. It's over. We need to move on. I am a conservative that does not wish to be cast in with the extremists. We need perspective here. It happened, he apologized, we move on.

    June 16, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Dee Deptford, NJ

    I think it is time to move on to more important things. Palin should go back to when she was running as the vice president and look at some of the things that were being said at that time about her daughter from Conan, Leno and SNL. She didn't think anything of those comments. And even appeared on SNL.

    What Letterman said was wrong. But I think Palin is keeping it going only to get her 15 minutes of fame again. STAY IN ALASKA!!!! I'm tired of seeing your face.

    June 16, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. Expat American

    I hope that they play 'My Heart Will Go On' at the protest while paying homage to the victimized Queen of the red sweatshirt slack jaws....Put Lee Greenwood on that play list too.

    Palin/Octomom 2012

    June 16, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. Scully

    If Letterman committed suicide, Palin would still be complaining.

    June 16, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. Tomm in Los Angeles

    Hey Dave,

    These protests should result in a boost to your ratings. Why not slam Palin again?

    June 16, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. Kay

    This is the most attention Sarah has received since the elections. Of course she would want to milk this as much as she can. David Leterman was absolutely sincere in his apology, all these stupid protesters need to suck it up and shut up.

    June 16, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Dave in Houston

    Conservatives are so lame when they try to amass in protest.

    They usually send out their lone crazies to do their work for them like von Brunn, Roeder and McVeigh.

    June 16, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. Dave

    A protest rally over a night show host's admittedly "flawed" and unfunny joke? What's the point? Isn't late night television sterile enough?

    June 16, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. Peter

    once again, political correctness ruins our sense of humor

    June 16, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. 25 year old independent

    Pointless!!!!!!!!!! Find some jobs people! This is between Palin and Letterman and they even apologized to one another so grow up and get over it already

    June 16, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. RC

    What's funny is that all of you think Letterman, Palin and such even read your obscene comments on here. All of you need a life. Get out from behind our computer and smell the roses you fools.

    June 16, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. JDinAustin

    The protest is more self serving that the apology. Ziegler and anyone who shows up a week late to protest a tempest in a teapot are the ones who should be ashamed.

    June 16, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. beachgirl

    OH MY GOD!!!!

    Let me think...............uuuhhh these protesters by any chance are born against or republicans or morons?

    ALL OF THE ABOVE.

    Letterman is an entertainment Palin! get it? he has apologized several times, get it?

    What a bunch of nonsense people are these so called protesters. Obviously they are unemployed republicans with nothins else to do.

    June 16, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. c

    There is too much d-baggery on the part of these conservatives. Why don't you try acting like a governor Mrs. Palin and go to work instead of making a big deal about this. You're daughter messed up, now take responsibility.

    June 16, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Kevin

    Selective Outrage

    June 16, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. tisgoogle

    Drop this news coverage of this uneducated woman!

    June 16, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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