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Late Thoughts On Letterman/Palin

As you've probably noticed, Wizbang has been down for a few days.

That said, this piece, concerning David Letterman's comments on Governor Sarah Palin and her 14 year old daughter, Willow, may seem a bit dated. However, it's just a bit too bizarre to not comment about it.

And if you've gone to the funnyman's website to look up the Palin "Top Ten" for yourself and found it is not listed nor is it able to be found within the archives, it's not just you. For some odd reason, it has been deleted from the site.

If you hadn't heard his outrageously jocose "Top-Ten list" concerning Gov. Palin's trip to New York City, then here is a transcript for you:

10. Visited New York landmarks she normally only sees from Alaska


9. Laughed at all the crazy-looking foreigners entering the U.N.

8. Made moose jerky on Rachael Ray

7. Keyed Tina Fey's car

6. After a wink and a nod, ended up with a kilo of crack

5. Made coat out of New York City rat pelts

4. Sat in for Kelly Ripa. Regis couldn't tell the difference.

3. Finally met one of those Jewish people Mel Gibson's always talking about

2. Bought makeup from Bloomingdale's to update her "slutty flight attendant" look

1. Especially enjoyed not appearing on Letterman

Give me a second while I wipe the tears of laughter from my eyes.

"Slutty flight attendant"? That's funny? I guess Dave's idea of what a women should be is just one who hangs at the house, with no ambition, no will, no wonderment, no education, and no physical self-esteem.

It would seem Dave has an innate hatred of successful women. Perhaps he knows if not for his wealth, he would be an ugly, gap-toothed, Alfred E. Newman stand in, who'd have no chance to look at a woman like Sarah Palin, let alone comment on her.

Although Sarah Palin's shoulders are big enough to endure what passes for comedy aimed at her, Letterman's pedophilic thoughts concerning her 14 year old daughter just crossed the realm from border-line civility to weird old-man fantasy talk.

In his opening monologue, Letterman blurted out this piece of comic genius:

"One awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game, during the seventh inning, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez."

ROFLMAO!!

Whew! Did it take a room full of ugly, sarcastic, hard-up joke-writers to come up with that one, or did Dave have this tucked away for just the right comedic timing?

Since when did pedophilic, slanderous, angry remarks like this become a staple of late-night comedy. This is the best this over-paid, over-rated, irrational weirdo could conjure? I suppose he's trying to increase his ratings with the all-important 18-65 year-old pervert demographic.

How does Sarah Palin, as a parent, explain the meaning of this and what intent could possibly have been derived from its utterance, to her 14 year-old daughter?

I should not be surprised. He has a recent history of debasing Gov. Palin, bordering on extreme loathing. Here are some really funny examples!

(All quotes are taken from an article by Harold Kurtzman)

"I like that Sarah Palin. She looks like the weekend anchor on Channel 9. She looks like the hygienist who makes you feel guilty about not flossing. She looks like the relieved mom in a Tide commercial." --David Letterman

"I kind of like that Sarah Palin. You know, she reminds me, she looks like the flight attendant who won't give you a second can of Pepsi. No, you've had enough. We're landing. Looks like the waitress at the coffee shop who draws a little smiley face on your check. Have a nice day." --David Letterman

"I like that Sarah Palin. She looks like the lady in the dental office who gives you the keys to the rest room. 'There you are. Just bring them right back.' She looks like my selection of the week on E-Harmony.com. Sarah Palin is a good-looking woman. She looks like the woman in the department store who tries to spray you with perfume. 'Just a little.'" --David Letterman

"I like Sarah Palin. She looks like the dip sample lady at Safeway. She looks like the nurse who weighs you and then makes you sit alone in your underwear for 20 minutes. She looks like the Olive Garden hostess who says, 'I'm sorry, your table isn't ready yet." She looks like infomercial lady who says she made $64,000 a month flipping condos." --David Letterman

"Do you like Sarah Palin? Do you kind of like her? Yeah. I like her because she looks like the lady at the bakery who yells out '44! 45!' She looks like a real estate agent whose picture you see on the bus stop bench. That's who she looks like. She looks like the lady who has a chain of cupcake stores. She looks like the mayor of a small town that's banned dancing." --David Letterman

So, not only does Letterman find it funny to denigrate Gov. Palin and her family, but he manages to do it in a way which insults a wide variety of different kinds of people doing different types of jobs, which he obviously feels disdain toward, I guess just because they don't make as much money as he does.

In these "jokes" he manages to disparage a weekend news anchor, a hygienist, a waitress, someone in a commercial, flight attendants (like the ones who were killed as they helped fight off terrorists in the 9-11 high-jackings), dental office workers, women who have used e-Harmony, nurses, department store workers, sample people at grocery stores, restaurant hostesses, infomercial actors, bakery workers, the owner of a cupcake store, and small-town mayors.

These examples pale in comparison to what he stated the other night, but establish a pattern of hate, not humor.

This latest attack was misogynistic, slanderous, intentionally or unintentionally pedophilic, and just plain humorless.


His half-assed apology, bathed in sarcasm and reeking of indifference, was probably enough to placate his boorish audience and complacent (if not agreeable) media.

This all said, one person, forgotten in all of this, is Alex Rodriguez. Like him or not, how can he not be livid over the use of his name in such an implication. Where has it ever been suggested that he was involved in anything of the sort of behavior of which Letterman spoke? He was used a prop in an angry attempt to further smear the Palin name, and he should come out with some sort of condemnation, no matter what his feelings of Palin may be.

Considering every bad or violent act is now blamed on "right-winged extremists", will the media and the Obama administration put out statements warning the public to be wary of rising instances of child molestation and pedophilia due to the hate speech of late-night comedians and their hack writers?

Letterman is just not funny anymore. If he wants to do this kind of crap, and be able to get away with it, he should go to Show Time.


Authored by: Shawn Mallow


P.S.:

I don't know why there is a "Search" function bar in the paragraph concerning Alex Rodriguez. Guess it's just some funky remnant of this platform. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. I am sure once we are back up and running as usual, it will be fixed.


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Comments (38)

Hey, great post, really wel... (Below threshold)

Hey, great post, really well written. You should post more about this.

I certainly don't think Let... (Below threshold)
James H:

I certainly don't think Letterman intended to joke about the 14-year-old Willow Palin. I doubt he'd researched Palin's trip enough to know Willow, not Bristol, was at the game. That said ... the joke's really not defensible.

"In these "jokes" he manage... (Below threshold)
max:

"In these "jokes" he manages to disparage a weekend news anchor, a hygienist, a waitress, someone in a commercial, flight attendants (like the ones who were killed as they helped fight off terrorists in the 9-11 high-jackings), dental office workers, women who have used e-Harmony, nurses, department store workers, sample people at grocery stores, restaurant hostesses, infomercial actors, bakery workers, the owner of a cupcake store, and small-town mayors."

So, you think being compared to Sarah Palin is disparaging? I thought you liked her.

And how will Alex Rodriguez ever show his face in public again? I predict he ignores it. Like an adult.

But please, keep the righteous indignation coming. It's absolutely hilarious. And please, republicans, make her the standard bearer for your party. She's totally awesome.

Salon has unkind w... (Below threshold)
James H:

Salon has unkind words for both Letterman and Palin here.

Max,Please don't p... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Max,

Please don't put on your stupid cap.

"righteous indigntion"? Taking offense at someone joking of a minor being "knocked up" by an adult is "righteous indigntion"?

It is obvious to any objective observer that his intent on using these examples was not born out of respect or admiration for those positions, but out of distain, whether explicitly stated or not.

Whew. You're a nut.

Hey, nice post, very well w... (Below threshold)

Hey, nice post, very well written. You should post more about this. I'll definitely be subscribing.

Now Max, step back and thin... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Now Max, step back and think about this. The essence is that a geriatric (famous or not) took a special interest in making a verbal sexual assault on a minor. It matters not whose daughter it is. It is very creepy.

"Taking offense at someone ... (Below threshold)
max:

"Taking offense at someone joking of a minor being "knocked up" by an adult is "righteous indigntion"? "

No, that's just plain dumb. He wasn't referring to a minor.

It is obvious to any objective observer that your position is that comparing these people to Palin is an insult.

And please don't remove your stupid cap. But using spell check will make you look slightly less stupid.

Whew. You're a moron.

DaveD, Bristol Palin is not... (Below threshold)
max:

DaveD, Bristol Palin is not a minor.

I have no comment on the creepiness of David Letterman.

OK Max,If he was n... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

OK Max,

If he was not refering to the minor which was with Mrs. Palin, to whom was he refering?

Her 18 year old daughter?

THAT would make it more palatable for you?

And, boy, you reeeealy got me with those spelling errors.

It really backs up your logic and reasoning. Seriously.

You have no defense of this. Just admit it.

Perhaps you'd like to comment on the rest of the article now? Or will you just stick with the strong "spelling error/it was about Bristol" line of attack?

Shawn, max has a crush on S... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Shawn, max has a crush on Sarah Palin. He has no comment on the creepiness of David Letterman because that would reveal even more of his own disgusting creepiness. Other than that, I think this is the most he has said on Wizbang and must be going through withdrawals, with the server being down and all. If you can call a spell check comment actually saying something...

Great article. I wonder if Letterman maybe hit on Palin and she didn't care for it? No matter, he's still a dweeb with a rusty style.

Medusa's got a crush on me.... (Below threshold)
max:

Medusa's got a crush on me. Now THAT'S creepy. I hope she doesn't find out my IP address from her firewall.

Stay crazy, Medusa.

Max,Are you by any c... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Max,
Are you by any chance Lee Ward???

"Max,Are you by any ... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

"Max,
Are you by any chance Lee Ward???"

DaveD, that would be odd, wouldn't it? I have never seen any really disgusting and delusional comments from Lee, but I just starting reading and commenting here in 2007. I did get banned from Blue before. So far, so good. Much to max's dismay, my permanent "crush" is on someone else who deserves it and who is nothing like him. The ip address remark further displays his technical acumen so nicely, yet tragically at the same time.

As far as the post is concerned, I really think Letterman should just hang it up. He ain't funny no mo.

MaxLetterman spoke o... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Max
Letterman spoke of the daughter who was with Sarah, not the ones that were not. Willow Palin was at the ballgame. He can claim he was talking about Palin's other daughter after the fact, however that was not the one who was at the ballgame which would have made it difficult for Arod to do what the ever classy Letterman said. I just wonder if there is any behavior the left is capable of a scumbag like you would find reprehensable.

Shawn:Thank you for ... (Below threshold)
Burt:

Shawn:
Thank you for bringing up the fact that this "joke" was as much an attack on Alex Rodriquez (if not more) than on Willow Palin. To mention a pedophile allegation on a man who is trying to be a role model for the youth of our country is despicable. The only Letterman show I will watch in the future is the one with Todd and A-Rod as guests.

"But please, keep the ri... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"But please, keep the righteous indignation coming. It's absolutely hilarious. And please, republicans, make her the standard bearer for your party. She's totally awesome."

And please, all you leftists keep her in the news with your vile commentary and over the top insults. Keep exposing your misogyny and sexism. That would be totally awesome.

Sorry about the double post... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Sorry about the double posting. The site gave me an error so I hit submit again.

Gov. Palin and her husband ... (Below threshold)
J:

Gov. Palin and her husband are defending their daughter from a dirty old man and his associates (yeah, liberated women, I'm talking about you). Now the "republicans" are saying let it go, you should never engage a clown. First they say throw out the pro-life group, next the anti-illegal immigration group, then the low taxes and small government group, and now defense of your family.....what the H is the republican party?

Here's a <a href="http://ww... (Below threshold)
steveP:

Here's a quote that pretty much sums it up:

"I think the fact that Sarah and Todd deliberately brought Willow in to this whole mess speaks volumes about their characters. It doesn't matter that Willow was at the ballgame and Bristol was not... the joke that Letterman did about A-Rod was very obviously related to Bristol. And the Palin's could have treated it as such. "That's not fair, she's a teen mother, she's working hard to take care of her baby, this kinda of joking disparages teenage mothers, and women in general." To that, Letterman would have apologized like he had done and the Palins would have scored a point. Yes, they trot the kids out every chance they get, but they would have won the "what's going too far?" battle right there. But noooo... they decided that they could score MORE points (possibly with the base, maybe they thought with women in general) by deflecting Letterman's joke on to Willow. And the problem there is multifaceted... first, you lose the people that would have thought "ok, maybe Dave was over the top" who now become people who think "seriously? that joke was not about your 14 year old. wait, you have a 14 year old?" Secondly, now poor Willow Palin is going to be known forever by her friends and peers at school and into the future as the young girl that David Letterman supposedly joked about raping. Imagine the teasing she's going to get... kids are cruel! And all because the Palins thought they could get extra mileage."

That's about as close to the truth of this situation as anything I've read. The Palins are dispicable.

Nothing like a quote from t... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Nothing like a quote from the comment section of a Daily Kos diary by Verbalpaintball to bring the whole situation to light. Not just a "verbal" paintball, huh? Here is Verbal's blog (?) with screen caps of his comments that were justifiably de-vowelled. http://www.verbalpaintball.com/2009/04/21/conservative-blogs-have-nothing-left-to-sell-but-manipulation-and-lies/

When you "professionally" try to tell an employee at Wizbang to "stick it", you're pretty much done like burnt toast. Are pinging ip addresses 13x and 3x a lucky charm for you, too, or are you just a friend of a hacker? Bitter hatred is what you have "summed up" about yourself, venomous loser.

As La Medusa said, "verbal ... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

As La Medusa said, "verbal paintball" is such a reasonable and upstanding individual. Why just today he has a fresh new post up titled:

"Sarah Palin is a filthy, lying bitch."

Not exactly someone I'd be quoting.

You'd do well to give this some more thought, Steve P. You, like "verbal paintball", are treading on some very unstable ground. This hatred of Sarah Palin is unnatural. This obsession is bizarre. Seek help.

Steve,"Verbalpaint... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Steve,

"Verbalpaintball" is a well known scumbag around here. He's an "author" over at Kos and he has his own vitriolic blog. His reputation speaks for itself.

He's attempted to excoriate one of my posts before, devoting an entire article to it, to which his classless following hung on every word.

Now, you quoting one of his posts entirely and not offering up any of your own opinions, well, that says more about you than even him.

THAT is pathetic.

David Letterman is a jerk o... (Below threshold)
Madalyn:

David Letterman is a jerk of the first order. His audience obviously does not have a clue about class. They are a bunch of low-level intelligence with no life, and they think letterman is funny. When he grows some cajones, maybe then he will grow some real humor instead of low class drivel. Also, would the audience thought it was funny if it were Katie Couric's daughter he was talking about? That is something the media needs to think about. letterman is a clueless idiot who thinks it is funny to joke about a grown man having sex with a 14 year old girl. I think he should be fired immediately. We all need to call CBS to demand he be let go so they can replace him with someone who is actually funny and sane!

David (molester)Letterman i... (Below threshold)
914:

David (molester)Letterman is just as much a droll pervert as Bill the pedophile Maher. Boring, sick in the head and not funny.

Looks like all the vitriol ... (Below threshold)
SteveP:

Looks like all the vitriol is on this side of the argument. Given the comments that have followed, I think the commenter on verbal paintball's post is giving a far more intelligent an assessment of the Palin/Letterman situation than anyone here. And no one seems to be able to refute it short of changing the subject or speaking ill of the messenger. Typical.

As well, since your hosting space looks like it was suspended from lack of payment and this make-shift site is all you have, I'd give the edge to a place like Kos that, obviously, knows what it's doing on the web.

And I bet You tune in Lette... (Below threshold)
914:

And I bet You tune in Letterman nightly SteveP?

Your last paragraph shows no relevance to the post and shows why You should stay at KomKos.

When you "professionally... (Below threshold)
SteveP:

When you "professionally" try to tell an employee at Wizbang to "stick it", you're pretty much done like burnt toast.

And, lastly, if someone is going to comment on the substance of a post, they should avoid lying about it. After reading the post in question, the poster paintball suggesting Maggie "stick to the subject" not "stick it."

Big difference. Not that it matters...except that it crumbles your argument.

And I bet You tune in Le... (Below threshold)
SteveP:

And I bet You tune in Letterman nightly SteveP?

Yes, I do. You want to know why? Because I have a mind of my own. I don't just jump on a bandwagon and "hate" someone because Rush is telling me to. In fact, you should be embarrassed by that statement, 914.

And also, I don't hate Sarah Palin. I feel sorry for her. She's obviously not smart enough to know how unintelligent she sounds most of the time.

"Looks like all the vitriol... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

"Looks like all the vitriol is on this side of the argument. Given the comments that have followed,"

Mostly yours, Steve, since you like to put yours in twice. Ping a ding ding...

I have a mind of My own too... (Below threshold)
914:

I have a mind of My own too. And its not dictated by Limbaugh or anybody else.

I feel sorry for Letterman in that, he isnt smart enough to figure out he just attacked a little girl and a professional athlete.

Now Ive got to go to work and pay for more of Obamas "stimulus" theft...See Ya

he isnt smart enough to ... (Below threshold)
SteveP:

he isnt smart enough to figure out he just attacked a little girl and a professional athlete.

He's smart enough to know exactly who he's attacking - as is most of the audience and the rest of us. Sarah Palin knew who he was attacking to, and decided to insert her 14-year-old into the debate, even though she was not the subject, just to gain some political ground.

Great mother.

And 914, it's YOU who are not smart enough to know what's really going on, otherwise your response to this wouldn't be the same garbage Rush spews verbatim. Nice try.

"Sarah Palin knew who he wa... (Below threshold)
Anonymous:

"Sarah Palin knew who he was attacking to, and decided to insert her 14-year-old into the debate, even though she was not the subject, just to gain some political ground."

Is the sky blue or pink, Steve? If you can't figure out an msm hype by now, you have no clue about this media "event". Either that, or you are just pretending not to know, which is the same level of intelligence you are claiming Palin has. "Great mother?" comment just because you don't like her? You better be sure that she is doing what you are accusing her of.

to quote SteveP:"And... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

to quote SteveP:
"And also, I don't hate Sarah Palin. I feel sorry for her. She's obviously not smart enough to know how unintelligent she sounds most of the time."

Nice try Steve. Condescension parading as pity........ Hmmmmmmmmm.

the poster paintball sug... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

the poster paintball suggesting Maggie "stick to the subject" not "stick it."

btw, steve. I reread the comment and he actually told maggie to stick to her job, which was even more out of line. Mine was a mistake, yours was a lie.

he actually told maggie ... (Below threshold)
SteveP:

he actually told maggie to stick to her job, which was even more out of line.

More out of line if you live in a glass house, or a communist country, maybe. If Wizbang wants to control the conversation to the degree that rational posts are scrambled simply because the comment editor finds them personally objectionable, well, that says all we need to say about the validity of this blog.

If you want to parse words about what "stick to your job" means, well, that's just a sad, desperate path to take.

Here's the full line:

"Maggie, why don't you stick to your job - comment editing - instead of adding your own commentary and opinion to this thread. It makes you look unprofessional."

I really don't think there's anything to parse there. It's pretty straight-forward. But if you do, it's obviously because you feel the need to find some other message in a very simple statement. That's disingenuous and pretty much leaves the success of this argument on my side. And, really, you've lost most of the arguments of the last half a year anyway. Just give it up. I feel embarrassed for you.

StevePYou are in no ... (Below threshold)

SteveP
You are in no position to tell anyone who
works at Wizbang what to do, or how to do
their job.
My job as an editor is to edit the comments
made on every thread if needed.
If you don't like the idea of enforcing a some
what civil manner in which comments are posted,
leave.
And don't embarrass yourself again.

DAVID LETTERMAN'S HATE, ... (Below threshold)

DAVID LETTERMAN'S HATE, ETC. !

David Letterman's hate is as old as some ancient Hebrew prophets.
Speaking of anti-Semitism, it's Jerry Falwell and other fundy leaders who've gleefully predicted that in the future EVERY nation will be against Israel (an international first?) and that TWO-THIRDS of all Jews will be killed, right?
Wrong! It's the ancient Hebrew prophet Zechariah who predicted all this in the 13th and 14th chapters of his book! The last prophet, Malachi, explains the reason for this future Holocaust that'll outdo even Hitler's by stating that "Judah hath dealt treacherously" and "the Lord will cut off the man that doeth this" and asks "Why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother?"
Haven't evangelicals generally been the best friends of Israel and persons perceived to be Jewish? Then please explain the recent filthy, hate-filled, back-stabbing tirades by David Letterman (and Sandra Bernhard and Kathy Griffin) against a leading evangelical named Sarah Palin, and explain why most Jewish leaders have seemingly condoned Palin's continuing "crucifixion"!
While David, Sandra, and Kathy are tragically turning comedy into tragedy, they are also helping to speed up and fulfill the Final Holocaust a la Zechariah and Malachi, thus helping to make the Bible even more believable!
(For even more stunning information, visit MSN and type in "Separation of Raunch and State" and "Bible Verses Obama Avoids.")

(Spotted the above on the web. Interesting?)




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