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

Letterman protest to still go on as planned, says organizer

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/16/art.letterman0616.gi.jpg caption="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. mark

    For the love of God give this a rest!

    Letterman apologized; Palin accepted....end of story.

    This so-called demonstration appears to be nothing but a publicity stunt created by some right-wing radio talk show host out of L A trying to drum up support for his show that, I'm pretty certain, most of America have never heard.

    June 16, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Umm...ok, right

    This is also to distract us from the fact that two MAJOR issues are confronting us right now.........................HEALTHCARE REFORM and the Employee Free Choice Act! The GOP is working very hard to destroy them both!

    June 16, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Mike S., New Orleans

    I guess the right wing neocon nutjobs don't have anything better to do these days except hit the streets for Sarah Palin's publicity stunts.
    I'd rather side with a comedian who told a bad joke than a D-list political hack who singledandedly sunk the Republican election of 2008.

    June 16, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Buzz

    Loved the Letterman joke and loved the Michelle Obama gorilla joke......all in fun right

    June 16, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. mike

    Worst things have been said. Wasn't it Palin who said a sitting senator
    was paling around with terrorist.

    Where were these people, Lenos joke was just as bad!

    It's amazing how the whole world stops, when what was say is directed at a white child

    June 16, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Helen

    USA needs 1) end to sexist jokes like this 2) throw out the communist kenyan usurper in the white house 3) President Sarah Palin

    June 16, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. joe m

    letterman brought this upon himself. not from having told the joke to begin with, but by failing to provide a sincere apology when all the flap followed. this would have probably died and gone away if he only actually apologized when all thew negative attention started. if he were hoping that this would help his ratings, he is finding that not the case.

    if someone deemed to be a conservative had made this comment about a democrat one can be sure that the protest would have started the next day.

    June 16, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Malcolm

    Palin is milking it. She is trying to get some attention and needs to do us all of us a favor and get out of politics. She is way over her head.

    June 16, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Dameun


    Sarah humiliates her entire family everytime she goes out in public and speaks. Imagine if she were your mom...my god, I'd wear a bag.

    June 16, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Kaitlin

    A bad joke – Oh no! I need to protest!

    Oh, puh-lease. Time to MOVE ON. He wasn't serious. It was a joke. Big deal.

    Let's all protest over a lame joke because we have nothing better to do, no jobs to be at, no other important things to worry about. Right...


    June 16, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Here we go again!

    Only in America!

    Rallies and marches and protests over trivia when our country is in one heck of a mess with far more serious things!

    Love it!

    June 16, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. J Morgan

    I always thought Palin was a nut job.....now I know for sure

    June 16, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Greg

    This is Zeigler, what do you think he's protesting? What Letterman said about Women or Palin? Zeigler is one of the most vile paranoid extreme right wing nuts this country has.

    June 16, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Ronnie - Dallas

    It was an inappropriate joke and Mr. Letterman obviously regrets what he's said and has apologized. There are ALOT of more important things to worry about in the world than this! Let's move on folks...

    June 16, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. J.J.

    complaining over 7 days vs 6 days? Is Letterman Jewish? I should complain that you did not take into account the sabbath day!

    June 16, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Jan of CT

    This is so very ridiculous! Did anyone hear the comment made by the moron in S.C. about Michelle Obama's relatives being gorillas???? Here is the former head of the SC republican party making hateful racist remarks and it's a tiny caption on a photo. A LATENIGHT comedian makes a joke and the right goes nuts? I hate it when the media gives them a forum.

    June 16, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. em

    I'm actually disappointed that Dave caved in and apologize to Gov Twitterus. . .
    Must have been his corporate GOP bosses behind that....

    June 16, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. Anni

    Sarah Palin joke – outrage. Michelle Obama a gorilla – nothing. A picture of all the Presidents in color except our current President – nothing.

    The Republicans can dish it out but cannot take it. When will they realize that people are tired of them having the emotional maturity of someone in junior high school.

    June 16, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. Duke

    Welcome to public life outside the bubble that is Alaska....get back to work for your state, Ms. Palin.

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

    Letterman should insult and make fun of the obama girls if this is fair game...

    June 16, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. Jean

    Do you know that if Gov. Palin wants she can sue Letterman and CBS and win big?

    June 16, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. Paul

    I consider myself a Conservative, but for god sake, let it go already!

    June 16, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. minniehaha

    The reason why many invitees can't attend the protest is because they're in Tehran for the pro-Ahmadinejad rally.

    June 16, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. Refiblicans can't even recognize their own stupidity

    GOP Refiblicans can't have ot both ways; scrutiny of social values towards others and social values dissaray amongst their own ranks. It's exremely laughable with the irony of hypocrisy. To even consider demonstrations of peoples laughs over the premise within that subject make it even more laughable................. : o LOL

    June 16, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. Claudia in Houson

    Join the U.S. Military or the Peace Corp where your services are needed instead of protesting a joke. I'm sure our men and women in the military would appreciate your help.

    June 16, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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