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. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    A joke is a joke indeed!

    A bad joke is a bad joke, period!

    Get on with life!

    June 16, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. CHRIS

    I thought his joke was OUTRAGEOUS....ly funny. Get a life Sarah

    June 16, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. sharper

    Hey liberals, what would you have done if your underage daughter is humiliated in public like this? Let me guess, oh you would have demanded fiercely that the jerk to be fired forever!

    Remember Don Imus? What had you done to him? Now you bring "Christianity" stuff for forgiveness. Do you think you can always stomp on Christians? Do you really think that Christians are fools? Do you really think that this country was founded by non-Christians like you?

    Come on!

    June 16, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Jonathan

    WE ALL SUPPORT YOU DAVE!

    WE ALL SUPPORT YOU DAVE!

    WE ALL SUPPORT YOU DAVE!

    June 16, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. S Callahan

    This is a moran act. David Letterman is a good man..who made a visual/verbal mistake..and APOLOGIZED several times which I believe was sincere and not self serving. No one is immune from mistakes. He apologized...leave the guy alone. You are tottally wrong Sarah to use Mr. Letterman to promote your agenda..this will surely backfire. Read the Bible..you missed something along the way!

    June 16, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Republicans Suck

    When will Palin apologize for the joke of campaign she was a part of. We could have won if she would have said no to McCain or at least kept her mouth shut about palling around with terrorist.

    June 16, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. Rob

    If these comments that Letterman made were made against Sasha or Malia every single one of you would be jumping up and down.

    1. It would be racist
    2. how dare he say such things about women.

    Well where was Michelle or Barack on this one. Weren't they the ones who said that politicians kids should be left out of the media?
    Michelle as a mother of 2 daughters should be outraged with Letterman. It is amazing that people who were so against Palin becuase they thought she was bringing women back to the stone ages are not offended by Lettermans remarks. Hyprocrites.

    June 16, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Jefe

    Wow, they're really hoping for a huge backlash, and a PR nightmare for Palin. Can these people cry any harder?

    June 16, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Mark

    Ziegler says that Letterman's apology was self serving. This rally is no more than a publicity stunt...hypocrite.

    June 16, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. mike

    when a lib-dem screws up we are told to move on, when a con-rep does they are crucified indefinitely.

    June 16, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. New Day

    Well, of course the protest will continue. They already ordered the tea bags... 😀

    June 16, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Christopher

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

    Letterman is an entertainer, not a reporter. He makes jokes. Jokes have a right to be crass by virtue of being jokes. Palin's pulling a Jerry Springer, plain and simple. This "feud" needs to stop getting publicity.

    June 16, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. Some guy in MN

    Letterman is comedian. He tells jokes. My thoughts are that he should just say, "It was a bad joke. Now get the hell out of here!"
    Enough is enough.

    One bad joke over a few decades doesn't in any way shape or form create even a smidgen of a reason for people to haul their butts across the country, state, city or street for a protest about a joke a guy told.

    In my opinion the self serving person who's a bit to late is Ziegler. He's the one who wants to drag this out for the sole self serving purpose of promoting his movie.

    Dave, you're doing just fine. And hey, those people don't watch your show anyway so who really cares what they think.

    June 16, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Get Over It

    It was just a joke...tasteless...yes...and David Letterman apologized, even though in my humble opinion he did NOT owe Palin anything. End of story. Palin needs to GET OVER IT...she's a nobody and needs to get back to her igloo!!!

    June 16, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Raul

    Repulican'ts..... can't take a joke, but they have no problem hating...

    June 16, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Mary Ann Watt

    Give it a break and go back to reporting the real news.

    June 16, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. Mike Dallas

    Imus statements were about a physical characteristic of being black, the texture of the women's hair. The women have no control over that situation.

    Bristol on the other hand was "knocked up" and could have easily prevented that situation by keeping her legs closed.

    After all, that would be the definition of "abstinence" which she so hypocritically professes today to other young unmarried teen girls!

    June 16, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Erik in Iowa City

    CNN, what self-important crazy people do with their lives is not news.

    June 16, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. Bob of Lompoc

    OK, someone in the Republican Partry provide me with evidence that Letterman is a Democrat, or even a Liberal, therefore guilty of trashing The Right. This is all based on assumption.

    Ziegler is a long time, well known Republican Talking Head, running errands for Boss Limbaugh in this case.

    What does it say about The Republican Party, when THIS is the issue, one a long string of failed issues, that they hope they can catch on to, and stop their sink to the bottom. Can you imagine in 2010, or 2012, anyone voting based on THIS issue ? The Republicans just don't get it. Soon they will switch back to "Illegal Immigration" as an issue. Then they will wonder why 65% of Hispanics vote against them in 2010 and 2012. The earth has moved under them. All political demographics has changed. The end is near for them. The Libertarians are going to be the Second Party. Then, a little while later, "The Party Of Lincoln" will cease to exist. Ole Abe must be very disturbed. I am. I was born and raised, on Lincoln Avenue, in his Home Congressional District, and site of his burial, Springfield, IL. What began in 1856 in Ripon, WI, at their first organized Convention, when they pledged to Free The Slaves and Save The Union, is coming to an end.

    June 16, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. donttreadonme

    Liberal dems like David Letterman, Bill Maher, Chris Mathews, Keith Olbermann, Joy Baher, Rachel Maddow, the entire staff at MSNBC and NYTs spit out a constant hatred of everything non-liberal. They create so much hate.

    Now that Bush is gone they are desperate to find a new main target because without a villain to attack they have no shows.

    June 16, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. FAYE, NV

    This is crazy of all the jokes that been a Sara and her family now all of sudden its a horrific thing that was done. Sara should have been trying to clear up things that was said during the election.

    Such as Bristol was/is the mother of Trig and she allowed them to live together in her home, oh, and how she used her baby for personal gain, talking about Trig with down syndrome. etc so many things she should be addressing like let us see Trig's birth certificate. Why charge the tax payer money to stay at your own home, and expensive travel for the children. etc.

    Sara let it go please.

    June 16, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. catlyn

    will these conservatives ever just PLEASE shut up already.

    June 16, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. jared

    how many celebrities and politicians does lettermen talk about on a daily basis so what get over it it was a joke!

    June 16, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. anne

    Sarah please get out of the media, we are tire of seeing you.....
    Yes the joke was in bad taste, but it appears SP is using this for political attraction. Poor Sarah..stop it already

    June 16, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. Bryan

    Palin has asked for all that happens to her and her family. She has used her family for publicity and with her relentless prancing all over the US trying to be seen what does she expect. She is just as much at fault for what happens to her as are the joke tellers and media. The celebrity status has gone to her head and now she can't deal with the consequences. What celebrity hasn't been devoured by comedians, talk shows or the media. She gets what she asks for. If she'd quit prancing around the nation doing her miss america wave and actually deal with the problems in her home state, maybe she'd get a litte more respect. Seriously, recently she was dealing with some issues in New York was it? Last time I checked, New York already had a governor.

    June 16, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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