Sarah Palin Accepts Letterman's Apology

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sarah Palin says she accepts David Letterman's apology for the joke about her daughter.

The Alaska governor, in a statement issued Tuesday, said the apology was accepted "on behalf of all young women, like my daughters, who hope men who `joke' about public displays of sexual exploitation of girls will soon evolve."

On his CBS' "Late Show" on Monday night, Letterman said his joke about one of Palin's daughters being "knocked up" by Alex Rodriguez can't be defended.

He said the joke referred to 18-year-old Bristol Palin, not her 14-year-old sister Willow. But Letterman said it's his responsibility that people believed that he intended to target Willow, who had attended a New York Yankees game with her mother.

"I'm sorry about it, and I'll try to do better in the future," he said.

Letterman last week tried to make light of the joke after the first indications that it fallen flat. Palin had called the comments "sexually perverted," and her husband, Todd, said that "any jokes about raping my 14-year-old are despicable."

Palin said Tuesday that Letterman has the right to joke about whatever he wants to, and "thankfully we have the right to express our reaction."

"This is all thanks to our U.S. military men and women putting their lives on the line for us to secure American's right to free speech," she said. "In this case, may that right be used to promote equality and respect."

Although Bristol, an unwed mother, was the target of his joke, Letterman didn't name her when it was originally made on June 8.

It was "a coarse joke," "a bad joke," Letterman told viewers. "But I never thought it was (about) anybody other than the older daughter, and before the show, I checked to make sure, in fact, that she is of legal age, 18."

"The joke, really, in and of itself, can't be defended," he declared.

If there's a misconception that he was making the joke about a 14-year-old, Letterman said he understands why people are upset. "I would be upset myself," he said.

"I feel that I need to do the right thing here and apologize for having told that joke," he said. "It's not your fault that it was misunderstood, it's my fault that it was misunderstood."

Letterman made several references to the issue during his monologue, introducing himself as "Dave Letterman, good will ambassador." He said he got a call from his mother earlier in the day telling him she was siding with Palin.

When he began a joke about Bernard Madoff, whom he called "the most hated man in America," he then amended that to a list of two.

"Me, Bernie Madoff," he said. "He was waaay out in front until a couple of days ago."

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  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 19, 2009 at 04:17 AM
    Tad - read the fourth paragraphy (you know what a paragraph is right?) in the above news article. Besides, it is easy to assume that Bristol would have been with her. Isn't she on a country-wide 'Teen Abstinence' tour? a little late for that one..... By the way, I don't get my news from Comedy Central, nor do I watch the 'View'. I recommend you start using more than just FOX to get your information. Are they still complaining about anthrax coming up from Mexico?
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jun 18, 2009 at 09:20 PM
    No Derek, the joke was not about Bristol. Willow was the child at the game. Supporting those who misinterpret what is being said is stupid. Intentionally lying is worse. Get educated, get the facts or stop twisting the facts. Bristol was not there and was not the subject of the joke. Even if it had been her, the joke would have been inappropriate anyway. Stop getting your news from Comedy Central and the "View". Stop twisting and start groveling with Dave.
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 18, 2009 at 06:48 AM
    Tad - Wasnt the joke about Bristol? Supporting those who misinterpret what is being said is stupid. Get educated.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jun 17, 2009 at 10:05 PM
    Derek, making jokes about grown men raping 14 yr old children is perverted. Supporting the fool who does so is just as perverted. Get help.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jun 17, 2009 at 04:59 AM
    If they are not going to fire Letterman (ie. Imus problem solution) then Letterman should be encouraged (forced) into donating large sums of money to rape crisis centers for his stupid actions, or people should stop watching his show. I don't watch him!
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jun 17, 2009 at 04:57 AM
    Yeah, I can agree that his jokes about Palin's daughter were definitely sketchy. But at the same time, remember that it is: 1) comedy 2) he is merely in a long line of professionals that mock the ruling elite, he is a jester of course 3) he needs to say outrageous things in an effort to keep people watching his program (which I am not a fan of) 4) it's politics 5) even Clinton's and Bush's daughters were made subjects of late night comedy. So overall: bad taste: yes. did he man up for it: yes. will it happen again: you betcha! If his comments really offended people, where were you all when O'Reilly and Rush were screaming for "putting an end to" Tiller's work (the abortionist). They systematically called for the elimination of abortion doctors, and now they have a literal target on their heads. Bristol Palin, however, is living with her consequences, lets move on and prevent people from killing each other. good day.
  • by David Location: Kinston on Jun 16, 2009 at 04:37 PM
    Sarah Palin is a class act.I still find it hard to understand why Letterman defends himself saying the joke was about 18 year old Bristol Palin.I don't care if she was 30 years old.No one deserves to be attacked like that.She isn't the only unwed parent in America.Parents teach abstinence to their kids.Can we expect parents to chain kids to a post while they are at work?Bristol is like many kids trying to make the best of her situation.Let's hope Letterman and others be careful with their words in the future.
  • by Crystal Harding Location: chocowinity on Jun 16, 2009 at 03:41 PM
    who even cares about this crap?? aren't there better things that could be covered on the news??
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jun 16, 2009 at 03:39 PM
    I am surprised at some of you attacking Palin, when it was that idiot Letterman who made the remark. He apologizes and she accepts and yet some of you wish to blame her for his stupidity. Where were you defending Imus when he made that racial remark and was FIRED for it. Liberal Playbook again, dual standard.
  • by AL Location: Greene Co on Jun 16, 2009 at 03:26 PM
    Ok I am gonna say this. It is not about Palin it is about her kids. They are kids and they like you all and I make mistakes. but to blatantly say what Letterman said is not excusable!He attacked her 14 a minor! If this had been said about O Bama in anyway or for or his wifey or girls he would be gone!!!! The man who called Michelle a gorilla had to be fired and apologize. I am tired of the democrap double standard! It should be call a dog a dog.If it is good for one side to call names and poke fun at one then expect the same from the other. Until then they all need to grow the hell up!These are great influences and examples they are setting for our kids. O Bama is a spoiled brat who cannot take a joke that is about how it is for all the democraps. it is okay for them to hit the repubs but god knows to do it to a democrap who screams to picked on It is a federal offense! Come on 2012! I cannot wait till this Night mare is over starting in 2010 with Pelosi gone!!!!!!
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