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. Glenn Beck

    The other point is – as you can see, the NeoCon Rightwing Extremists posting, they obviously haven't even seen the "bit" – they're using their "talking points of hate" that Hannity and Fox uses DAILY. The moronic rightwing will be this country's downfall. God help us all.

    June 16, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Anita-Phoenix

    Thank God Palin didn't get the VP. If Ahmadinajad told her to kiss his brown ass then what would she whine to the American public about?

    This woman needs to take her whining voice back to Alaska, quit making the taxpayers pay for her "family vacations" under the ruse of Republicanhood and start being a mother by talking and spending time with her children so they don't turn to men to give them the affection and attention that is obviously lacking as mama tries to remain in the public spotlight.

    God help us if this woman thinks she is considering any type of candidateship in 2012. I think I will move to Canada or Mexico if that happens.

    June 16, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. John H

    I'm switching default on my computer to MSNBC from CNN because all CNN does these days is run non news on Sarah Palin. What is it with Palin and CNN? NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR ANYTHING MORE FOR OR ABOUT PALIN !!! For God's sake, CNN, get al new life and drop Palin from your daily news briefs!!

    June 16, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. Fred L. Fraud

    Ziegler – what you are now doing is self-serving.

    June 16, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. dominican mama 4 Obama

    You guys DO realize that your Governor Palin does'nt even know that the CONSTITUTION gurantees your FREEDOM OF SPEECH NOT THE MILITARY.

    If it is possible to be a moronic idiot, she is it.

    NATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT = SARAH PALIN

    June 16, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Rich in FL

    Enough already. Letterman gave an on air apology; it was accepted by Palin. End of story. This guy Ziegler is a publicity hound, acting like a vulture over a dead issue.

    June 16, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Peter - Atlanta

    I'm inclined to see the humor in the situation. Dave told a bad joke and he finally apologized. Sarah is a bad joke for which McCain has yet to apologize.

    If John hadn't made his mistake, David would have targeted someone else.

    June 16, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Kebler

    Why are people comparing this to the comment Imus made? Imus made a painfully obvious racist remark! They are two different types of comments...

    June 16, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    There's freedom of speech

    There's freedom to think, criticize

    But each freedom has its limit of conscious from both sides.

    There is differenlt level of what is accepted in society in experiencing our freedom of speech and our freedom to criticize and demand specific action such as firing someone. In between, there is what we call commen sense of respect especially when one's apologize...it is called having a conscious. People asking for any firing have to question their conscious as well. Ironically, there are white supremacist websites where no one is brought to justice because they have the freedom of speech...with no limits and no responsibilities and they are not asked to change!

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

    Geez, what is with all the comments from Palin lovers who think that Progressives are non-Christian and jobless?

    Don't they realize the FACTS - that the vast majority of Progressives are Christian, and earn higher incomes on average than Neoconservatives?

    Also, that Progressives love the Constitution of the United States of America, unlike the anti-American Neoconservatives, who wish for our government to be a Theocracy, more like Iran or Afghanistan?

    June 16, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. Fla.

    Ziegler continues feigned outrage AFTER apologieS are issued, and results accepted–say it isn't so, Jo.

    June 16, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. Curious Georgette

    I would be curious to see the reaction on this board and of the media if Letterman had made the joke about either of the Obama daughters. Or if Letterman would have even considered such a joke. The issue should not be based on any person's political association. Most comments on this board seem politically motivated. Let's bash someone politically. The point is not political. It was a shameful, humorless, tasteless joke, apology notwithstanding.

    June 16, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. Rush Von Brunn

    If the rightwing jihadist republicans want action we can meet them in the streets and talk about it.hahaha

    June 16, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. Robin

    Palin needs to move on. I think what she did bringing in "rape" to the equation was way worse than what Letterman said.. Okay he apologized. Now move on people. There are waaay more important things going on in our world than this.

    June 16, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    Enough of this story. Let's try something new...Chrysler, which is now owned by government and UAW, is marking its comeback by producing $90,000 Vipers. Yep, Government and UAW sure know how to run a business. So glad my tax dollars went down that rat hole.

    June 16, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. Pat F

    Sarah and company need to MOVE ON! This is ridiculous.

    June 16, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. dblzap

    If this is the GOP's way to get Sara elected president I think they are once again shooting themselfs in the foot.

    This makes Sara look whiney and weak if she cannot shake off a joke by a late night host. Imagine how she would react to Putin or Little Kim.

    Keep up the good work, it looks like Obama will win the next election!

    June 16, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. gt

    save our children... 18 is not 21 ... pick on some one your own age like,,..father time

    June 16, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. GERALD

    You liberals are just to funny for me , Lettermans joke was unacceptable on all levels and if it had referenced Obamas kids he would be in jail. As a father I think Todd palin should have accepted the invitation to be on the show just to humiliate Dave. The comparisons of Dave to Rush are also laughable , you folks must have learned this from Rachel and Keith on that socialist network

    June 16, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. Matt

    So so far this year the conservatives have protested taxation with representation and freedom of speech. Americans? Hardly.

    June 16, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. Jane

    It's really time to put this thing down & move on to more important htings. It was a joke for crying out loud – you'd think the assault actually happened!

    Oh, but keeping it up – I'm thinking it's a chance for John Z to gain audience. Maybe John should be fired!

    June 16, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. Marge

    If Sarah can not handle Letterman's joke how is she going to handle serious matters with world leaders?

    June 16, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. Tammy

    This is beyond pathetic. Palin and her devotees need to grow up and get over themselves. Doesn't she have a state to run? Pathetic, whiny losers.

    June 16, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. Lori in St Pete

    Considering this hate-filled bible thumper didn't attempt to tamp down the hate speech at her political rallies, it's my opinion that thinking people protest HER and demand that SHE be ousted from politics!

    June 16, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. Mickey Dean

    you can take the girl out of the trailer park but you can't take the trailer park out of the girl.

    good for you david letterman.

    June 16, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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