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. MarcyWH

    A protest ? is this a joke? Palin please go away! take care of you kids,run Alaska, do something. anything. Just stop these desperate attempts to stay in the spotlight.

    June 16, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Dameun

    Wait wasn't Zeigler the name of that jerk in Moulon Rouge that really only cared about money and ticket sales? Nuff Said. People will see this for what its worth-a publicity stunt.

    June 16, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Robin in Tampa, FL

    Letterman apologized twice for his remarks and Palin (finally) accepted his apology. So why is this continuing? You can beat a dead horse for just so long.

    June 16, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Susie

    Google John Ziegler...he's hardly the bedrock Conservative he wants people to think he is...he's in it for the money and notoriety, just like Sarah.

    June 16, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Abby

    Let this go, Mr zeigler, or you will make her into more of a caricature than he already is. You are not serving her by making her look small and ungracious.

    June 16, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Richard

    David Letterman is an American who has the freedom of speech to say whatever he wants, whenever he wants. So what if a joke he told was percieved to be insensitive to Sarah Palin. He apologized and life moves on. We have far greater issues in this country then to worry about a joke that did or didn't amuse the American viewers of his show. The Radio guy should simpily shut up cause no one really cares what he is saying. David Letterman and Sarah Palin kissed and made up...End of story...

    June 16, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Liberals need to get a job

    More liberal idiots who spend too much time complaining about conservatives and republicans while they wait for their welfare checks. Get a life and get a job.

    June 16, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    @ Misty, wh oasked "Where is the story about Letterman having a child out of marriage?"

    Filed under 2004.

    June 16, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. Dan

    The only thing Letterman should be apologizing for is bringing Palin back into the news!

    Go away Sarah Palin! The only change we need is the media's coverage of you!

    June 16, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. Chickenhawk

    Letterman has apologized (twice) for the joke. If Sarah Palin is half the Christian she claims to be, shouldn't she forgive him? She's only using the situation to further her own political career. No doubt she loves her children, but she continually exploits them for publicity and personal gain - more than any comedian would ever attempt. And Ziegler is only riding her Republican-Party paid coattails. Now that's pathetic.

    June 16, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Dave

    There's nothing funnier than righteous indignation from these right-wing nut jobs. I wonder how John Ziegler feels about Michelle Obama being compared to a gorilla by some knuckle-dragging hick from South Carolina. Doesn't that warrant a protest too? Funny, but I don't hear him crying about that.

    June 16, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. Denise

    CNN – would you please be so kind as to move on?? Enough already. There are serious political protests going on in Iran and you have spent DAYS on this silly topic. Are you a news network or an on-line tabloid?

    June 16, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. bystander

    Can we not move on with more important things? Do we have to stay on the playground for the recess scuffle?

    June 16, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. jeff

    Why is CNN dragging this on and on and on and on..... ?
    Letterman is an idiot, Palin likes attention, let's move on already!

    June 16, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. bill

    I think letterman likes the young ones.........

    June 16, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. SonnyCJM

    Letterman is still a fantastic comedian who made a funny joke. He does the same kind of material everyday, only reffering to Britney Spears or Paris Hilton. Why are political figures off-limits? The real joke here is Palin's unwed-barely-out-of-high-school-with-a-newborn- daughter preaching abstinence as a means of birth control... The only reason he apologized is because his job is being threatened. in his heart you know he is rolling his eyes.

    June 16, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. Dawn in Pa

    he apologized, not once but twice, move on, next post....

    June 16, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. Ryan in VA

    Wait, wait, wait... Do you mean to tell me that these idiots are protesting a JOKE, but Limbaugh, O'Reily, Coulter, et al can spout hate-speech day in and day out and don't warrant any sort of proverbial "slap on the wrist?" ...and I'm supposed to believe Letterman's apology was "self-serving?" I think the definition of self-serving resides in Ziegler's mirror!

    June 16, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. Disgusted

    Good thing our country isn't at war right now... oh wait...

    June 16, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. TjayeInLA

    Wow! Anything to get attention. Republicans are really starting to become the Petty Party.

    Plain and simple, he was talking about the one who got knocked up in the first place. She didn't have a problem with Leno's joke or Conan's joke on the same daughter. This is just because she's been out of the news and needs attention. But, its a good thing. With a circus act like hers, even the GOP wouldn't be stupid enough to run her again. But, then again....

    June 16, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. ThinkAboutIt

    Can you imagine if Palin had gotten elected? (gag!)

    – First, censorship of anyone who criticizes her. Next, throwing people in jail for it.

    – Disagree with her religious views? Censorship, then jail.

    – Disagree with her foreign policy? Called a traitor, then thrown in jail.

    – Disagree with her domestic policy? Called an "agitator", then thrown in jail.

    Palin is an egomaniac who can't handle the fact that she was rejected, her views were rejected, the majority of Americans agree she's not very bright, and SHE LOST!

    There was no "media malpractice", there was no "targeting". SHE LOST!

    Palin needs to see a shrink, work through her meglomania and learn how to deal with the fact that she doesn't always get what she wants.

    The woman is pathetic!

    June 16, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. history repeats

    Palin overdose

    we dont care who is reporting on palin we care that a MORON like palin could actually be elected as a public official. so many of these politicians are just plain stupid. the type of people that dont believe in evolution should not be in charge of ANYTHING! we dont like palin because she is an idiot. her foreign policy experience will never be forgotten. and it disgusts us. and what disgusts us even more is people that actually LIKE HER!!!

    June 16, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. Porky

    If NBC can fire Don Imus then CBS "SHOULD" fire Dave Letterman.

    June 16, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. Jilli

    Good. Maybe when they're finished they could stop by the McCains and protest the comments he made about Chelsea Clinton. Afterwards, they could stop at Russ DePass's abode for his gorilla comments about Michelle Obama.

    This is just more manufactured selective outrage to keep the wasilla hillbillies in the spotlight. Perhaps she should just give up her hopes for national office and look for a job with The View or Entertainment Tonight – she's much better suited for that stage.

    June 16, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. Independent

    Ziegler ignores the importance of forgiveness.
    Ziegler ignore's Letterman's apology.
    Ziegler panders shamelessly to right wing nut jobs.

    June 16, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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