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. Royster

    Ziegler hops on the publicity bandwagon! Is he the same one who protested the movie 'The Golden Compass'??

    Will Palin and Ziegler go after Satrday Night Live next? Then 'Comedy Central'??? Colbert look out?!?!?!?!

    Censorship is alive and well in the GOP!

    June 16, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Jeff

    I like how "Alex Rodriguez knocking up Sarah Palin's daughter" is automatically construed as a "rape joke" by these PC conservatives.

    Of course it's automatically rape when it involves a Latino man and a white girl...

    June 16, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. mary

    All this hoopla over a joke about her daughter getting knocked up under nose-sounds familiar-is nothing more than Sarah trying to get attention being the GOP refused to let her speak. Fake outrage....plain and simple. She sure pushed ole Newt off the news, so it must have worked for her. Letterman didn't owe the second apology. He's a comedian for goodness sakes!

    June 16, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Allan

    Welcome to CNN's Palin Ticker. All Palin, all the time.

    Next up on the Palin Ticker:

    Sarah eats grilled cheese sandwich for lunch!

    Sarah gets manicure, changes nail color!

    Sarah parents her children!

    Oh wait, that last one will never happen...

    June 16, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    Too bad the American public is not applying the same standards of professional conduct to Imus and Letterman.

    June 16, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Richard L

    Where is Palin's apology? She basically called Letterman a pervert and child molester. He was joking. She was serious.

    Palin owes him an apology. You betcha!

    June 16, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Dameun

    Hey Misty,

    Dave married his baby's mama...where is Bristol's babydaddy? He ran far like the flockofseagulls. Hmm and what about Sarah's affair. We haven't forgotten. Seems a far stretch for the Palins to be pushing family values. Rumor has it that this wasn't Bristol's first pregnancy.

    June 16, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. TangledThorns

    MSNBC's David Shuster was suspended for saying Hillary Clinton was 'pimping Chelsea Clinton' during the 2008 Democratic primaries. Apparently MSNBC has more accountability.

    June 16, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. Paul - NJ

    We now live in the age where everyone is thin-skinned and can be offended by anything and everything. Where in the constitution does it say we have the right to not be offended? Seriously, if you are that offended, then stop watching Letterman. Don't patronize his sponsors. But a rally outside Letterman's theater? There's definitely a different motivation there. Ziegler's not fighting a noble cause, he's drumming up publicity so he can make more money.

    For once, I would like to hear about a comedian who refuses to apologize. Like so many of you have said, he's a comedian. He makes jokes for a living, often at others' expense. Get over it.

    June 16, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Steph

    Moving on to important news of the day...

    June 16, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. ThinkAboutIt

    If Sarah Palin doesn't want crass jokes being made about her, then she should stop leading a very public, white trash life.

    – Unwed, pregnant, teenage daughter.
    – Public feud with the father of her grandchild (and his family).
    – Constant whining about how everyone is out to get her.
    – Talking out of both sides of her mouth (New York City is good enough to pander to in the name of 9/11, but otherwise, isn't "real America")

    June 16, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Dave

    "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."

    – Liberals need to get a job
    June 16, 12:52pm

    -------------------------------

    Here's a newsflash: you're the perfect example of why we liberals laugh at you right-wing idiots. You couldn't have demonstrated it better if you tried.

    June 16, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Mr. Ziegler, I don't think it's wise for you to be protesting in NYC where majority of New Yorkers despise Sarah Palin. You may want to watch your back, seriously!

    June 16, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Lucullus

    Good lord hasn't this non-event gone on long enough! It was a bad joke. Poor taste and unfeeling but that's all it was a joke. Letterman apologized what more does the media want. Can you imagine what this country would be like today had the puppy dog press and the American Sheeple had reacted with the same amount of outrage to the Supreme Court foisting an unqualified moron on this country as it does to this meaningless event?

    June 16, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Mick

    Mike TX June 16th, 2009 12:39 pm ET

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

    Right, Mike...Palin really paid for her racist, hateful, stir up the mob remarks in the campaign regarding a man she had never met. Just how was she held accountable for that? And, gee, Rush is still on the air after hoping for Obama's (and the nation's) failure. And Sean Hannity is allowed to feign outrage nightly over every little thing Obama does or does not do. Same with Glenn Beck. I fail to see any accountability for the far right nutjobs. Not to mention the NRA who scares people into buying ever more weapons, leading to the recent deaths of whole families, and assassinations. But keep blaming the left for everything. No solutions, just blame and fear mongering.

    June 16, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Joe Cool

    I agree with Denise. All these sub topics are just distracting from real domestic and world issues going on. No one cares about Palin vs. Letterman...it's just stupid

    June 16, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. Dameun

    These so-called conservatives are ridiculous...the only true conservatives aren't white and and upper-middle class. I'd like to hear from some reall conservatives for a change. I might buy the argument from a Latina or an African American conservative. I cannot wait for 2025.

    June 16, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. dave

    This guy, Ziegler, sounds like a ultra conservative freak.

    June 16, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Jim

    How about talking about who killed more Americans, Bin Laden or Bush?

    June 16, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. Bob

    The right wing gets nutty as days go by... Mr. Letterman stand up and say it like it is: It's a darn joke; get over it.

    June 16, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. Mike Ft Collins , CO

    Palin is such a fraud. She can't answer legitimate questions from real journalist or stand up to real criticism for her ignorance but she can attack a late night comedian for telling a bad joke. She is the joke!

    June 16, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. makesUwonder

    EXCELLENT ..........................Mr. John Ziegler.................I won't be there, but you have my support. Perhaps Mr. Letterman should join Mr. Imus.

    Mr. Imus said he was wrong, said he was sorry, but Al Sharpton still went after Imus and got Imus fired.

    June 16, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. George - Texas

    This rally will accomplish as much as the Tea Parties. An outside forum for republicans to whine some more.

    June 16, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. Melissa

    Ok, I've had quite enough of Republicans like "Liberals need to get a job" telling me I need to get a job. I have one honey. I'm working right now. I'm a reservations agent for a hotel company. The phones aren't ringing and I have nothing to do because you Republicans destroyed the world economy. Knock it off.

    June 16, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. Ken

    Now we see who is really out of work, with extra time on their hands, and ready to live on the dole. A bunch of jobless rightwing drama queens protesting in NY....all over a bad joke. Good grief....they had 8 years to protest someting of real significance, the worst joke of all....and they didn't even budge off their lazy behinds, except to stand up a cheer on cue when their lord Limbaugh told them everything was OK. What a bunch of moronic rightwing lemmings.

    June 16, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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