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. Durian

    How lucky can you be Letterman. If Palin is color. You will be racist and sexist and out of a job.

    June 16, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    This back and forth is one of the stupided thing. Mr Letterman has apologize. John Ziegler need to move on, a protest rally outside of Letterman's Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, stupid is what stupit does

    June 16, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. MikeH

    Letterman – 1

    Republican nutjobs – 0

    June 16, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Will 18E

    One of Palin's daughter has a bastard.
    It was clear, that the bad joke was aimed at that other daughter, and not the minor child.
    second, what about an apology to the ball player, the joke suggested he was a criminal and sex offender.

    June 16, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. David from Southern Illinois

    Who cares about Zeigler, Palin, or or this self serving protest! I'll be watching Letterman.

    June 16, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. bill

    where was the protest when this witch palen accused president obama.of palying around with TERRIOST.bad joke get over it he is a commedian. this witch from frozen north deserves every thing she gets.but leave her children out. SHE DIDNT

    June 16, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Rich

    Now it's overblown...the joke was in poor taste (not nearly as tasteless as some other comedians) and DL apologized. Move on!

    June 16, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Florida Joe

    And Letterman ratings keep going up, up, up.

    Sarah, go home and care for your family......You haven't done a very good job thus far............Thank GOD this woman is not the VP........Of course she did wonder what a VP does all day......fight with talk show hosts?...RIGHT What a piece of work she is

    GO AWAY

    June 16, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. babs

    this woman tossed her family into the public eye and told everyone who would listen how proud she was that her school age daughter was pregnant by, what the Palin's called, that "trailer trash drop out".

    Protest all you want to. The Palins are still crazy.

    June 16, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. What a joke!

    Nalini,

    Please tell me you're kidding!

    "YOUR STUPID"- do you mean "you're"

    "WAS ALOS A HIGH SCHOLL DROPOUT-" looks like so are you!

    June 16, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Leila Torres Drewes

    It astounds me how level headed reasoning has escaped all!
    As a mother, I completely understand the instinct to protect your child.
    It was a joke, and a crude joke at that. However, Mr. Letterman never implied rape.

    The apology may have been "late", after all it is the "Late Night with David Letterman", no pun intended. And has been perceived as self serving. Sarah Palins focus to keep this alive and in the media is also self serving. Does she not have a state to run?

    Please, please, I ask the media to limit her diatribe. We have IRAN, North Korea, Unemployment,..........can focus be on what matters.

    June 16, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. BJs

    Wow. The guy apologized and Palin accepted it. (or did she?). Give it up folks. Waste of time.

    June 16, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Billy Jack

    The misconception here is that this was a Palin joke. It was an A-
    Rod joke, not a Palin joke. that should clear everything up.

    June 16, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. roseanna

    There are several wars going on, people are unemployed, the economy is horrible, gun violence is at an all time high etc. etc. Do you get my point!!!! It was a joke . Move on!!! David appoligized. It is the only way Sara can keep her name out there.

    June 16, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Peter

    The joke was meant to be towards Bristol Palin...She wasn't at the game....A mistake by Letterman, he apologized....Let's move on, its obvious that Letterman has more support than Palin.

    June 16, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. Jack

    It was a joke. Kind of like Palin's run at the VP....a joke. Dave's was funnier!

    June 16, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. Matt the Baker

    Sure wish they'd focus on accountability from Ziegler, Limbaugh, Beck, Coulter and the like. Let's shut those idiots down.

    June 16, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Michael Stout

    The people who worship GOP extremists like Palin don't watch Letterman anyway. I say, let them protest. Get over it. Find something more important to be upset about. Like how Bush and Cheney sent all those fine American men and women to Iraq.

    June 16, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. SN in MN

    CNN's audience seems to be made up mostly of creeps and morons.

    June 16, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. ruthanne

    Dave, fortheloveofgawd, STOP with the apologizing already!!! SP just wants to keep her name in the news any way she can! Isn't it about time for SOMEONE to just stand up to these Republican morons and say ENOUGH! IF YOU DON'T LIKE MY JOKES, TURN OFF YOUR TV!

    June 16, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Joan

    Dave...I love you! Don't give that woman a second thought. She is a pitiful, pitiful person. This is the only attention she can get and she will certainly take any kind. The best thing you can do is to ignore her and move on. She is a control freak...don't get caught in her web! Don't ever speak of her again...she thrives on it.

    June 16, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. cindy

    Just like Republicans that can never take a joke. So tired of this. Get over it Republicans.

    June 16, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. Randy

    Give me a break. This whole flap is nothing more than Sarah Palin's continuing effort to keep her name out there for 2012.

    June 16, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. Another point

    This isn't about wether or not whoever likes or dislikes Palin, people. Stop trying to mask the true issue. It's about promotion of child abuse for a laugh. He needs to go..

    June 16, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. Ron

    The way that Palin uses her family to further her political goals makes me nauseous. If your gonna put your children on the front line they are going to be hit. Then she has the audacity to cry foul when it happens?!?! What a load of crap.

    June 16, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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