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. Moderate Democrat

    The joke wasn't funny (although it borders on reality, since we all know that the oldest of the Palin girls DOES have underage sex). But what this really proves, is that Palin is a frail little coward, alot like five time draft dodger Cheney!

    Just more proof that republicans are too frail and easily hurt to ever run anything.

    June 16, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Bigotry > Hate > Home Grown Terrorism

    @ Mark

    The reason you don't hear as much about the President's children is because the President & First Lady work very hard to keep their children out of the limelight so their lives can be as "normal" as possible. This is a sign of good parenting, Mark.

    The reason the press (not just Letterman) aren't so kind to the Palin children is because Sarah Palin and Todd Palin work very hard to use their children for political gain at every opportunity. This is a sign of bad parenting, Mark.

    June 16, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Dameun

    is so sick of Sarah playing the victim. She created her problems. Please please go back to the frontier. I am waiting for Bullwinkle's Revenge.

    June 16, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Really?

    Sarah Palin is absolutley ridiculous. She just needs to stay put in Alaska, hunt wolves from helicopters and eat a bunch of snow in hopes it will freeze her mouth shut.

    June 16, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Christopher

    I'm so glad that 1/4th of CNN.com's front page has been dedicated to this PRESSING COVERAGE over the last few days. Seriously, stop giving press to Palin, save this crap for Jerry Springer.

    June 16, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Brian mesaAZ

    Why must CNN put the same level of reporting on these non-issues as they do on say, an unbiased review of the administrations plan for fixing the health care system in the US. Leave this stuff to Rush Limberger. If I wanted this type of garbage I would watch and read FOX.

    June 16, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. B in Pittsburgh

    CAN WE GET OVER THIS ALREADY?!?!?! So a late night comedian made a stupid/improper joke, and he apologized for it–twice!! Reality check-comedians make stupid/improper jokes all of the time. If you don't like the joke, that comedian's sense of humor, or you are offended by what he/she says, you can–guess what!– turn the channel!! It's not like these guys arent out there passing laws or charting the direction of this nation, they tell jokes, and some are going to bomb–so get over it!

    These nutjob protesters who are out there protesting a bad joke need to get out and actually focus their time and energy on something more productive to our society–like helping the poor, feeding the hungry, aiding the sick, etc. etc.

    This is all nothing but a political stunt to distract us from the real problems facing this country.

    June 16, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. kpawlak

    What a bunch of hypocrites. When Don Imus came under fire he apologized numerous times and then was fired but, when someone from the left comes under fire, it's no big deal and after all he is a comedian. Oh, I guess everything is ok then.

    If for example, Dennis Miller made a comment similar about one of Obama's daughters, wife or any prominent from the left his career and life would be in ruins. There would be a firestorm in the media.

    Different standards.

    June 16, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. Oreo

    What happened to free speech? Did someone put a hold on the Bill of Rights?

    June 16, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Mr Manhattan

    Hey ENOUGH! Imus's remark was pure racist, he got off easy with just an apology. Lettermans joke was about an 18 year old girl who already had been knocked up. Everyone knows daughter Bristol & Alex Rodriguez were the target of the joke because of Alex Rodriguez"s recent knocking up of some woman and Bristol Palin"s recently getting knocked up by her boyfriend. The Palins are suggesting the joke was about child abuse and the staturtory rape of their 14 year old so they can get some free publicity. Now that"s perverted!

    June 16, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Mike C. from Canada

    Both Palin and Ziegler appear to have self-serving agendas, which is okay as long as it's not under the guise of righteous indignation. Maybe their 15 minutes limelight are quickly dwindling. I say: move on, people!

    Plus, everyone knows A-Rod did not impregnate Palin's daughter. It was Chuck Norris, who walked by during the SIXTH inning, causing her daughter to swoon...

    June 16, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Joe Williams

    I hope that David Letterman's ratings are going through the roof. This is the most ridiculous story ever. It was a great joke. Palin needs to get over it and get out of the lime light for good. She is a disgrace to the Republican party.

    June 16, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. dominican mama 4 Obama

    This thing has taken on a life of it's own. It is absolutely uncanny. There are NO PARTS OF THIS HORSE LEFT TO BEAT people!!!!!

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

    Don't you realize by now CNN has a love affair with Palin?
    They shove this woman (being nice) down our throats constantly,
    regardless of how much we protest.

    June 16, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Sandra

    I don't like the joke, but SNL did an incest joke about Palin in the campaign and Leno did almost the same joke as Dave.

    Difference? Palin now wants to raise her profile again in the lower 48.

    Where were the protests with these other comedians? Palin went on SNL a few weeks AFTER they made the incest joke.

    June 16, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. larrywi

    I think Palin was rather gracious in accepting his apology. I personnaly must not get the "joke" Let's put a differant spin on it. I'm David Letterman, the other night while Michelle Obama was attending the Yankes baseball game, sometime during the 7th inning Alex Rodriguez knocked up her daughter, Haa. Haa,, Funny, Funny, right? I fail to see the humor there as well.

    June 16, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. Lindy

    Looks like the Letterman fan club has found a forum to blog. And it appears that his fans obviously stay up to watch him. I am asleep at the time he is on from working all day. Apparently his fans don't work and us taxpayers are having to support them.

    June 16, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. AndyF

    I am an independant and have been for the 55 years of my life. I am tired of hearing people label others as conservative or liberal – as though we can all be simply labeled and dropped into a barrel.

    The fact is that Letterman's joke was off-color and had he thought about it, he could have reworded a bit to get the same laugh without offending Palin's daughter – not Palin – her daughter!

    But Palin is an airheaded ditz who stands before a convention wanting to have a role managing the country when she cannot even manage her own family. I dont care what your political stripes are, when I hire employees I do it based on their past acheivements. Sarah Palin's inability to manage her own daughter (Bristol) showed me clearly this is NOT a person I want managing my country.

    Letterman? Funny man who missed the mark on a joke.
    Palin? Airhead who couldnt manage a wet paper bag let alone a country.

    June 16, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. Jonathan

    These Palin supporting morons have nothing better to do with their lives.
    Pathetic.

    June 16, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. Alan

    So, now some guy who wants to promote his book about poor Sarah's mistreatment by the media is organizing a rally against Letterman. AND CNN IS BITING? Give me a break . . .

    June 16, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Palin-Jindal 2012

    If all you liberals want Governor Palin out of the news, then maybe all your talking heads, like Letterman and CNN, should stop talking about her.

    If Governor Palin is so unnewsworthy, why do they, and all of you here, keep talking about her.

    June 16, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    And I suppose he'll have a book signing booth there too? He can talk about "media malpractice" all he wants, I suppose, but he's committing life malpractice.

    June 16, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. Fred

    So Zeigler is actually trying to push his right wing Palin agitprop "Documentary',and of course CNN is there to helphim do so,as it always does with the wingers.Forget Fox.CNN has been the right's servant since Ted Turner sold it.

    June 16, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. joe

    Oh get over it already. Thank god this woman did not become our vice president.

    June 16, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. Dameun

    Did you guys see the interview she had this past week. She can't answer a question off the cuff. It was worse than during the campaign. Didn't she blame the McCain folk for making her sound like an idiot...looks like they are off the hook.

    June 16, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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