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Playing The Shame Blame Game

Posted by Daniel on June 12, 2009

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Okay, so those of you who don’t keep your intellectual heads stuck in the sand already have heard about this insane back and forth between David Letterman and the Palin family.

Letterman joked Tuesday that Palin’s “daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez” at a recent Yankees game. He admitted the following night that the joke was in “poor taste,” but he insisted the line was in reference to 18-year-old Bristol, who gave birth to a boy in December.

Letterman quipped that the Palin family went to a Yankees game and “there was one awkward moment during the seventh-inning stretch: Her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.”

That, says Palin, “crossed the line.”

“We were, as we often do, making jokes about people in the news and we made some jokes about Sarah Palin and her daughter [Bristol]… and now they’re upset with me,” Letterman said.

Bristol being eighteen years old, and, I might add, open to criticism because she puts herself out there in the public eye preaching abstinence on a tour sponsored by a company that makes slutty clothes for “tweens”.

Letterman was not…repeat NOT talking or joking about the Palins’ younger or youngest daughters.  Not in the slightest.

So, in the spirit of political muckraking that seems more of a genuine personal trait for the Palins than the way they do their hair and make-up (yeah, I DO mean both of them), we get the following political verbal vomit:

“I would say you and anybody else are extremely naive to believe that very convenient excuse of David Letterman’s the other day,” Palin said on Friday’s Today show. “It took a couple of days for him to think of that excuse—no, he wasn’t talking about my daughter, my 14-year-old that was with me at the game, he was talking about some other daughter.”

Palin also attempted to defend the family statement on the matter released Thursday.

“The Palins have no intention of providing a ratings boost for David Letterman by appearing on his show,” the Palins said in response to the host’s invitation to sort out the mess on air.

“Plus, it would be wise to keep Willow away from David Letterman.”

Asked if she stood by her response or believed it was in any way appropriate to insinuate that Letterman could not be trusted in the company of a 14-year-old girl, Palin stood pat.

“Take it however you want to take it. It’s a comment that came from the heart,” she said before trying to soften its wildly overswung blow.

“Willow no doubt would want to stay away from David Letterman after he made such a comment.”

“It’s not in bad taste, it’s not in bad taste. Maybe he couldn’t be trusted because Willow has had enough of those comments and maybe Willow would want to react to him in a way that maybe would catch him off guard. That’s one way to interpret such a comment.”

Still, for all her talk, Palin said she neither wants nor expects an apology from the chat host. But she hopes he issues one all the same.

“He doesn’t have to apologize to me, I would like to see him apologize to young women across the country for contributing to that thread in our culture that makes it sound like it’s OK to talk about young girls in that way.”

I still think the only apology he owes is to flight attendants around the world.  Honestly, to be compared to an opportunistic lying sack of poop who has absolutely no problem with hoisting her own children into the publics’ view, thereby causing them to be targets of humor of ANY kind (and KEEPING them there as long as they can gain political pitty points).  It has to suck for those flight attendants.

Adding to the mix was the husband, Todd Palin:

“Concerning Letterman’s comments about my young daughter (and I doubt he’d ever dare make such comments about anyone else’s daughter): ‘Laughter incited by sexually-perverted comments made by a 62-year-old male celebrity aimed at a 14-year-old girl is not only disgusting, but it reminds us some Hollywood/NY entertainers have a long way to go in understanding what the rest of America understands — that acceptance of inappropriate sexual comments about an underage girl, who could be anyone’s daughter, contributes to the atrociously high rate of sexual exploitation of minors by older men who use and abuse others.'”

While I, too, think Dave went “there” with his joke about BRISTOL, it is clear what the Alaskan Governor and her husband are doing.  And I must say that using ALL of their daughters as political fodder just to score sympathy points is going to backfire come her re-election bid for Governor.

And who will she ask to apologize then?  We already know who she will blame.

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4 Responses to “Playing The Shame Blame Game”

  1. Ricardo said

    Less than a half hour after going to view the Matt Lauer interview with Sarah Palin in the above link, I got a phone call from a National survey asking, among other things, whether I was following the Palin-Letterman exchanges this week… and if I thought that he was sincere in his appology.

    I was surprised that topic rated right up there along with how the economy was going, if we were in a recession, whether I felt satisfied and secure in my job and if I was able to make ends meet.

    Coincidence? Or did someone target me?

    Frankly, I don’t know if Letterman was sincere in his apology or not… but I know that OTHER writers write the jokes, he just delivers them. But he COULD have vetoed that joke if he wanted to. So I’m not sure overall how he felt about it. But he did invite her on the show to have her say, and she’s declined…saying she wouldn’t give him the ratings boost (at a time when he’s fighting off Conan & Leno)

  2. Brian said

    Eh. You know….shouldn’t she be out eating some moose knuckles or something? I think it’s funny that she’s all upset over her unwed minor daughter with a baby, yet she didn’t think a thing about running a campaign aimed at “Joe six-pack”. That’s the way to do it, go for the beer drinker demographic. Way to go, Sexy Sarah. While I prefer Rum myself…and often…let it be understood that I’m not knocking anyone who drinks. I’m just sayin’, she’s awfully high-and-mighty at some very odd moments.

  3. Jude said

    She has a right to defend her family. It’s the most watch Sarah Palin video ever — she blasts Letterman makes Lauer seem lightweight. Watch, http://tinyurl.com/lmhjjg

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