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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Palin vs. Letterman... Palin cannot win.

For those who missed it, David Letterman made fun of Sarah Palin's family. Why is that news? Normally it wouldn't be, but Palin took offense at some jokes aimed at her daughter. Which daughter? Depends who you ask. Neither was named in the jokes, but the content seemed to imply it was 18-year-old Bristol. However, the Palins took it as attacks on 14-year-old Willow.

From the AP story on Letterman's 'apology:'

"Letterman said “an awkward moment” occurred for Palin when, “during the seventh inning, her daughter was knocked up by (Yankee third baseman) Alex Rodriguez.”

Without naming her, the joke seemed to refer to Palin’s 18-year-old daughter Bristol, an unwed mother.

But it was 14-year-old daughter Willow, not Bristol, who had been at the game."

Last night, after the Palin's released a statement attacking Letterman, Letterman made two things very clear on his show:

- He was not and would not joke about a 14-year-old being raped.

- He has no intention of going easy on the Palins.

In fact, it would seem his "apology" was a perfect opportunity to launch more attacks on the Palins.

Not that they'll listen, but my advice to the Palin's would be... accept his apology for what it is worth, and let it go. If you start a fued with a late night comic, you will lose. John McCain learned the hard way how much Letterman can hurt someone's public image if he wants to. Honestly, is it worth it? He's a comedian/entertainer, it's clear he doesn't mean any harm to the people he jokes about (which includes pretty much everyone) and trying to make a bigger and more serious situation out of it is only going to backfire.

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