Activists are keeping pressure on CBS and David Letterman following his recent comments about Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her daughter. A “Fire David Letterman Rally” is planned for today (6/16) outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan, where his show is taped.
The organization also has a website: firedavidletterman.com.
Anna Barone, who worked for Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign, and later for Democrats for McCain, called on CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves to fire Letterman for his “sexist insults” which aired on CBS’ “The Late Show.”
“David Letterman’s disgraceful comments were a violation of standards of common decency. They were as bad as the comments Don Imus made that caused CBS to fire him in 2007. CBS needs to apply the same standards to David Letterman they applied to Don Imus,” said Barone.
For his part, Letterman issued an apology on Monday. “I told a joke that was beyond flawed, and my intent is completely meaningless compared to the perception. And since it was a joke I told, I feel that I need to do the right thing here and apologize for having told that joke. It’s not your fault that it was misunderstood, it’s my fault. So I would like to apologize, especially to the two daughters involved, Bristol and Willow, and also to the governor and her family and everybody else who was outraged by the joke. I’m sorry about it and I’ll try to do better in the future,” Letterman said.
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