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. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I'm going to protest against Sarah Palin. I want to see if she can stay in Alaska for 3 months straight and keep her mouth shut regarding national news.

    June 16, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. CNY

    Raise awareness and accountability? He's no conservative, we prefer everyone stupid and in denial!

    Awareness and accountability,......HA!

    June 16, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom

    Zeigler is one of the far-right-haters. What else can you expect from these people but hate, lies, fear and division?!

    Next thing you know, they will be yelling "crucify him!"

    Letterman apologized, the GRACIOUS thing to do, is accept.

    June 16, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Grrr-awful-o

    Ohhhhhhh! We just didn't get the joke. We're the ones who should be sorry, Dave!

    Could you explain it to us again?

    June 16, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. the queen of Zenobia.

    this country is going down hill and people are spending a ridiculous time watching, commenting on an annoying soap opera about a comedian who is just doing his job as comedian including telling bad taste jokes and an opportunist politician who wants to remain in the public arena even to the detriment of her family !!!.
    too bad!!

    June 16, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Rita, NY

    Of course it's going to go on. What else do the wackos have to do? David Letterman is a good man. He made a mistake and he apologized, but that's not good enough for the right wingnuts that have nothing better to do than to make trouble for him. They are sore losers who can't stand not getting their way.

    They follow wacky Sarah, and she is out there, and that should tell you about the brainless dingbats who are protesting David.

    June 16, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Chickenhawk

    Letterman has now apologized (twice) for the joke. If Sarah Palin were half the Christian she claims to be, she would have already forgiven him. Now she's just using the situation to further her political career. No doubt she loves her children, but she continually exploits them for her personal gain - more than any comedian would ever attempt. And Ziegler's just riding her Republican Party-paid coattails.

    June 16, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Wow...people should go egg the protesters or something...enough is enough. I propose a protest protesting the protesters, scheduled for the same time and place. Bring signs calling them crybabies and pantwetters and hand out tissues.

    Ziegler might want to consider promoting his career with legitimate substantive commentary instead of self-serving publicity stunts...then again, he might not...he is a neocon after all.

    June 16, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Gracie

    Ziegler is a FOOL. All his protest effort will do is BOOST David Letterman's ratings!!!

    How stupid is that?

    David Letterman is a comedian folks, what part of this equation don't you understand? Jesus, how long is this juvenile foolishness going to continue.

    GET A GRIP PEOPLE.... LET'S MOVE ON...

    June 16, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. LacrosseMom

    @ Kizzymae............. Right! I watched Zeigler's "interview" with Contessa, on MSNBC, I have never seen such a rude, arrogant and hateful man!

    Shame on him! Shame on the far-right for continuing their campaign of HATE!

    June 16, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. JW

    I don't think Letterman should have apologized. Screw Pallin. If you choose a life in the public eye and want to parade your children in front of the world for your own gain, then you should deal with any jokes or jabs that come your way. She's faking it anyway. She just wants the publicity. I wish Letterman would be honest and say what's really on his mind!

    June 16, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Dave S, Tinley Park, IL

    Pathetic! Even without seeing the show I knew the joke was referring to her older daughter. Just goes to prove she doesnt have the brains to be in public office. And when are these self-righteous right wing bible thumpers going to realize that part of what makes it funny, is that they go around acting so pure while they're closets are full of skeletons (Palin, Ted Stevens, etc etc etc)? Just another transparent attempt to gain attention to herself.

    June 16, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Gary

    Palin & Company are trying to use this situation just for the media attention. Why can't the GOP just let it drop? Letterman apologized twice, How about we let the matter go to sleep.

    June 16, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. kevin

    This country is a joke. How is this a big deal??? IT'S A LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW. This is the worst joke ever on a late night show?? Did we not live through the Clinton years???

    June 16, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Melissa

    What a bunch of whiny children the Republicans have become. They're like those nasty high school bully's we all grew up with that no one can stand.

    Letterman is a comedian. For gods sakes, get over it and move on, you babies.

    June 16, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. Chase

    He apologized and it should be over. Let him get back to his miniscule viewing numbers and obsolete programming.

    June 16, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. EBF

    A woman who has aspirations for the presidency in 2012,
    and she can't even keep it together when a late-night
    comedian tells a coarse joke about her family?

    What would she do if, God forbid, she were in the
    White House and subject to coarse jokes 27/7 ?

    Can you imagine her with her finger on the
    Big Red Button?

    June 16, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Ken in NC

    I think David Letterman crossed the line. He has apologized for it and now it needs to be put to rest by all involved. I'm told that in Northern Alaska they have 6 months of day and 6 months of night. Maybe Gov. Palin needs to go up there and sleep for 5 or 6 months.

    June 16, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Sean

    Remember when muslims protested and were ready to hang the Dutch cartoonist that drew a cartoon of Allah? We thought they were crazy. What makes these people different?

    June 16, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Lazlo

    Stop reporting this as news CNN! It's not! You're losing any shred of credibility you once had. I am going elsewhere for news from now on.

    June 16, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    I find the neocon GOPer persecution complex to be fantastically hilarious. Next thing you know, we'll have Pat Robertson being interviewed on national TV claiming that this is another sign of the persecution of Christians.

    June 16, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. katiec

    These misguided people will do anything to get the headlines, including Palin. Where are they when the right wing media and the republicans make their obnoxious, racial remarks? On other webs, of course not CNN, there were listed numerous remarks made by comedians, commentators and republicans, very detrimental to their victims.
    And, for Palin to state she represents intelligent women is almost as bad as Letterman's joke.

    June 16, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Scottyrw

    The biggest problem facing America today isn't the Economy or Terrorists ... it's the ......
    REPUBLICAN'Ts

    June 16, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. history repeats

    o my god what a loser!they are protesting a comedian that made a joke!? yea dont protest anything REAL that is going to affect our children and our lives. PROTESTING A COMEDIAN HOW ABSOLUTLEY "CONSERVATIVE" THIS IS!!! even if he didnt apologize this is ridiculous!!!! this guy just wants to meet sarah palin! L O S E R!!!!!

    June 16, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. don kraus

    What is wrong with these people? Do they want a quart of Letterman's blood? The man apologized, dutifully. Palin and her "minions" should stop whining and start thinking about things that REALLY matter in this country. I'm sick of Rock-Star-Politicians and their inability to "GET OVER IT!"

    June 16, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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