It encapsulates why all of us who are outraged at David Letterman’s vile rape jokes about 14-year-old Willow Palin and his unfunny, degrading remarks about her mother, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, must get this bully fired from his show on CBS.
In that episode, the Fonz (Henry Winkler) attempts to teach Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard) how to stand up to bullies. Yesterday, after reading David Letterman’s apology to Sarah Palin, another episode came to mind, this one where instead of teaching a lesson, the Fonz needed to be taught a lesson. You see, the Fonz did something he had never previously done; he made a mistake. He had to admit he was wrong.
It took him the whole episode to do so, but, finally while struggling over the saying the word, “wrong,” as if he had a stammer, he did indeed say it. It just didn’t come naturally to him. It doesn’t seem to occur to David Letterman to say as much. Yes, he did take “full responsibility.” That is, to be sure, certainly a step (a very big one) in the right direction. He did apologize.
But, he should have shown a little more class and said something like,
I was wrong to make a joke about Governor Palin’s daughter. It is not appropriate to make jokes, particularly prurient ones, about the children of politicians, even if they are of legal age. I compounded my error by not checking to confirm that the Governor’s took her 18-year-old daugther to the Yankee game.
Had he uttered these or similar words, it may well be appropriate to let the matter drop. He did do the right thing, but he didn’t go far enough. He needed to say, “I was wrong.” And as one of our readers noted in commenting on his failure to speak those three words, he should also have added that he would “not do it again“. For his purposes, however, this should do the trick. The MSM will drop the issue. Cynthia Yockey explains why we should not.
It’s too bad Letterman won’t take the time to consider Jim Geraghty’s explanation why the children of politicians should be off limits:
Kids don’t choose their parents, and they don’t choose their parents’ careers. None of those children asked to be in the spotlight, or asked to be subjects of public scrutiny; a portion of their privacy and their ability to enjoy a “normal life” has already been partially sacrificed by their parents’ ambitions.
Read the whle thing.