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. here we go

    Can't these people let this go.. Palin accepted his apology why can't the finge let it go. I do believe that this is a way to keep the pot boiling and for what... Pure and simpe grandstanding....It is safe to assume that right has made some assine statements in the past, remember all the racist stuff about the supreme court nominee,, well it was dismissed by the right now this crap... It is time to grow up and get off the childess crap.

    June 16, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. Ben

    It amazes me the lack of focus reporting on this my CNN. Don Imus was headline news on this site when he put his foot in his mouth. This Letterman case is worse, you can easily make the case that it was 'pre-meditated' and it took 5 days for an apology. Clearly, once some liberal organizations started complaining, Dave decided he better apologize. I have to go to other web sites to get complete coverage. In the end, of course, news organizations are not fair and they tend to push their ideology.

    June 16, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Tired of Stupidity

    Get Jobs and go to work!

    June 16, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. jimmy-ohio

    he apologized,she accepted, this is about zeigler's ego and free pub for his upcomming movie about how to worship sarah palin

    June 16, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Christie N.

    Palin needs to realize that if you are in the public spotlight people are gonna crack jokes on you and your family especially considering she carried her family with her on the campaign. Her story is just so ironic though. Mom campaigning for abstinence while daughter is having sex and then gets pregnant. She set herself up for jokes. Conservatives made many worse comments towards John McCains daughter. Get over yourself Palin.

    June 16, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. JonDie

    The Palin people are evidently so well off, in spite of the deep and severe recession that most of us have experienced thanks to Republican mismanagement of the economy, that they can AFFORD to march around and make much to do about almost nothing.

    June 16, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. NIKI

    What?
    that is enough!
    It would be good if she could keep the spotlight with real issues, but as she has always been about nothing, she will stay there.

    June 16, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. shayhurs

    Oh com'n, this horse has been beat to dust. Get over it–thee is more important issues out there.

    June 16, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. AM

    Another prime example of how Palin will stop at nothing to keep her name in the news.

    June 16, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Hear ye, hear ye.

    If you missed your chance at Palin bashing in the previous ticker, CNN has graciously extended a forum for more. But slots are filling up fast – get yours in now.

    Hear ye, hear ye.

    June 16, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. DTF

    I agree with Mobius. Get over it. It was a joke gone bad. Stop wearing your heart on your sleeve. Palin put herself and her family out in the spotlight and stuff like this is going to happen and continue to happen. Move on.

    The future is definitely not bright for Palin in 2012.

    June 16, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Alan

    Letterman is a COMEDIAN. He pushed too far over the line and apologized. Rush Limpballs portrays himself as a COMMENTATOR until he oversteps his bounds (daily) - then he's a comedian who NEVER apologizes.

    June 16, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. ron

    Things like this are the reason why wo many people are running away from the Republican party.

    June 16, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. KizzyMae

    Zeigler should also apolgize for his disrespt towards a MSNBC anchor who was very professional with him. All he wanted to do was call her names and attack her place of work. She had to cut his mic because he was so rude.

    June 16, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. RepubliKLANs Are Stupid As Stupid Does

    This Ziegler (what a name? lol) guy needs get a real job – maybe it's just too hard for his warped mind to come to grips with the reality that Letterman already apologised. MOVE ON buddy & GETALIFE!!!!

    June 16, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. Mike TX

    Silly conservatives, only the left can hurl insults without retribution!

    June 16, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. Anita Rogers

    Sarah Palin needs to go back to Alaska and just stay there. She's had her 15 minutes of fame which wasn't that great and why drag it on. NO BODY CARES. People should just stop talking about her, taking her pictures because NO BODY CARES!!!!!!!!!! Enough already.

    June 16, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. Tariq

    Palin drew more negative attention to her daughter by beating this dead horse. But what does it matter, as long as Palin gets publicity at the expense of her daughter

    June 16, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. GOPer

    How far is too far. Letterman is a comedian, get used to it.

    June 16, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. Peoples Voice

    These people have so little to complain about they will make themselves look utterly foolish to get some air time.

    Can you say, "Loser"?

    June 16, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. marcus

    to dave... get over it.. no more need to apologize.. this protest is the real self-serving event.. these knuckleheads just want to prolong their 15 minutes of fame... and sarah palin wants some good pub.. she knows what happens when she has to answer questions about diplomacy and economic matters.. she needs to cling to this issue !!! it's the only positive publicity she gets.. the rest of her life is a virtual disaster.. a family values republican whose high school daughter gets pregnant.. an alaska governor who constantly has putin invading her air space.. the woman's a walking disaster.. it's time for dave to no longer respond to her silliness, and the silliness of her followers..

    June 16, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. Ken

    Wow this is ridiculous. The guy made a joke because he's a comedian. He didn't even intend it to be harmful. Geezuz people. Instead of wasting your time picketing this show, why don't you help me get a job?

    June 16, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. Palin overdose

    Hey, Palin Bashers, she's not the one who made the bad joke, Letterman did. A little narrow minded aren't you?? The media, including CNN report everything and anything Palin. Don't blame her for what they are doing. Maybe some day your brain will finish developing and you will actually have the ability to look at both sides of an issue objectively, instead of your mouth going without any brain activity to support it!

    June 16, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. 30m-PUMA for McCain

    Down with Letterman

    June 16, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  25. Ed

    Reublican can't take any joke. Funny. They said stupid things to Dem's chidlren too, no one complaint about it. palin wants more fame. find another way you stupid lol

    June 16, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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