Sarah Palin's Traveling 'David Letterman's A Pervert' Tour
Alaska's Governess Sarah Palin took her David Letterman Is A Pervert Media Tour to NBC and CNN on Friday.
On NBC's morning infotainment show, "Today," she told Matt Lauer how she'd found out Letterman had made a "comment" Monday on his CBS late-night show "about the statutory rape of my 14-year-old daughter, Willow."
Palin kicked off her David Letterman Is A Pervert Tour on Tuesday, the morning after Letterman, on his CBS late-night show, made some cracks about Palin's visit to his hometown of New York City .
Letterman noted that an "awkward moment" for Palin had occurred when she and her family were attending a Yankees baseball game and "her daughter was knocked-up by [third baseman] Alex Rodriguez" during the seventh-inning stretch.
Palin and her husband, Todd, responded the next day with coordinating comments, in which they called Letterman's raunchy joke "sexually perverted" and a reminder that "some Hollywood/New York 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."
Friday morning, Lauer noted that, on Thursday night, Letterman had taken time in his show to say he regretted the joke and to explain the gag had not been a reference to Palin's 14-year-old daughter, Willow, but rather to her 18-year-old daughter, Bristol.
(During his explanation, Letterman noted Bristol is an unwed mother.)
"Okay, Matt, I would say that you and anybody else are extremely naïve to believe that very convenient excuse of David Letterman's," Palin snapped back at Lauer. "It took a couple of days for him to think of that excuse that, Oh no! -- he wasn't talking about my daughter who was there with me he was talking about some other daughter!" Palin said, apparently forgetting, momentarily, daughter Bristol's name.
Then she packed her bag and took her David Letterman's a Pervert Tour to CNN, where she tried it out on Wolf Blitzer, on "The Situation Room."
"[Letterman] said he made a mistake," Blitzer began. "He said, 'Yeah, it was probably in bad taste.' Are you willing to forgive and forget?"
"I will always forgive whomever is asking for forgiveness," Palin said, before tearing into Letterman again:
"David Letterman's crude, sexist, perverted joke about a 14-year-old girl being 'knocked up' by Alex Rodriguez -- I think he's like 30-something years old -- I think that's pretty perverted." Palin said, warming up.
"But it goes beyond that. Not just that joke, but this insinuation that it's okay, it's acceptable, to talk like that, and then it's acceptable for The Media to not provide the American public, the listeners, the readers, the full context of the joke. Letterman says, 'Hey, I wasn't talking about her 14-year-old.' ... My 14-year-old was there with me at the game -- she was the only one there with me. It wasn't my older daughter, who's in college, taking care of her young family. It was my 14-year-old.
"So, for the American public to not be given a full context of what that joke was all about, I think that's quite unfortunate and also, it is that sad commentary on what Americans are fed in terms of full news," Palin concluded.
Blitzer, like Lauer before him, tried to get Palin to acknowledge that Letterman had gone on national TV to say the joke was a reference to the 18-year-old daughter whom Palin did not name, and who, like Palin says, has a "young family."
"Yeah, a weak, convenient excuse," Palin shot back.
At least she didn't call him naïve.
"And, you know what?" Palin asked Blitzer rhetorically. "Regardless of which daughter, it was inappropriate. I think it contributed to some low self-esteem of many of the young girls in the country. ... I'm so glad to see women standing up and saying enough is enough -- to talk about a 14-year-old being statutory-raped is what this is. Because a 14-year-old would not consent to being knocked-up, quote-unquote, by a gentleman, A-Rod. I think it's degrading. I think it contributes to so many problems."
"Yeah, all right. Let's move on, talk a little bit about politics -- a subject close to your heart," Blizter segued, awkwardly.
By midafternoon Friday, The Reporters Who Cover Television keeping an eye on the David Letterman is A Pervert Tour had been whipped up into such a froth, they started hissing and spitting out headlines like cats in a bag:
Palin Can't Outsmart Letterman!
It's a Culture War!
Letterman and Palin: Both Jerks!
The Outrage-a-Thon Continues!
Palin: Letterman Pretty Perverted!
But, at the end of the day, from the melee, emerged The Voice of Reason: Bristol Palin's baby daddy, Levin Johnston, who was interviewed by "Extra's" Mario Lopez.
Yes, this is the first sweet sign of the apocalypse.
"I think he might have [crossed the line] a little bit, but I don't think he meant to hurt anybody," Johnston said in answer to Lopez's question "Did David Letterman's joke cross the line?"
"He's a comedian -- that's what he does," Johnston said.
And amidst the caterwauling, Levi Johnston has somehow emerged as the voice of reason. And Mario Lopez the best interviewer - sure sign of the coming Apocalypse.
Lopez asked Johnston if he thought David Letterman's joke crossed the line. "I think he might have alittle bit, Bristol's baby daddy said. "I don't think he meant to hurt anybody. He's a comedian - that's what he does. People are going to make jokes."
Here's Palin with Matt:
Here's Palin with Wolf.
Lisa de Moraes
June 12, 2009; 9:15 PM ET
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