As Lorie noted in her previous post, CBS is now realizing that David Letterman stepped in it — big time — with his jokes Monday night about Alaska governor Sarah Palin shopping in New York in order to “update her ‘slutty flight attendant’ look,” and about “her daughter” being “knocked up” during the seventh inning of a Yankees baseball game by Alex Rodriguez. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, CBS decided to censor the transcript of Letterman’s monologue that it distributes to various media outlets (including the New York Times) for publication the following day.
When the Times was called out by conservatives for omitting the joke, they responded, “The transcript we received omitted the joke referred to in the comments below, presumably for reasons of taste. Had the transcript included the joke, we would not have run it. Monologue jokes are routinely edited for taste and brevity.” Oops.
Not a word yet about this from Democrats or the perpetually “outraged” feminist groups, of course — but remember the stink they made last year when MSNBC’s David Shuster asked if Chelsea Clinton was being “pimped out” by Hillary’s presidential campaign?
And speaking of MSNBC, wait ’till you get a load of the four-minute slap-around that documentary film-maker and KGIL radio host John Ziegler unloaded on MSNBC’s clueless Contessa Brewer. Brewer apparently doesn’t understand why Palin “took offense” to Letterman’s “comedy,” yet toward the end of the interview she becomes visibly upset with Ziegler when he comments that Palin has “far more class than clearly most people on this network have.” A visibly flustered Brewer then ends the interview and asks her producer to cut Ziegler’s mic.
I don’t believe that conservatives should engage in a “tit-for-tat” barrage of lies and propaganda against the liberal news media and entertainment industry that mirrors the crudeness and hatred that the liberal chattering class has expressed toward the Republican party. But I hope that some Republicans have finally learned their lesson about trying to be nice to a news organization (MSNBC) that has deliberately organized itself against the Republican party, and has essentially pledged its unwavering support to Democrats and to President Obama.