Could someone please tape this man's mouth shut? I thought his joke about Palin was tacky and lame. But more than that... it was harmful to Progressives, albeit minor. Giving Palin and Conservative Republicans any kind of opening like this is just insane.
I also thought his apology was lame...because it seemed disingenuous. Why? Because in the apology he suggests that he had no idea how the joke would be received... that he didn't know he was offending the 14 year old Palin daughter. He thought he was talking about the older 18 year old Palin daughter (as if any of that would have made any difference whatsoever). Letterman was insulting my intelligence with the sham that he didn't know how bad the joke was when he put together his list... rehearsed it... and later told it on the air. I find it hard to believe that a TV veteran with his kind of experience (decades in the Television business) doesn't know what's appropriate and what's not appropriate.
I think Letterman knew exactly what he was doing. As part of his ratings war with another program on a different network, he made a calculated decision to add more of an edge to his Show. Consequences be damned.
This is why at least some national entertainers should steer clear of politics.