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Three Words Missing from David Letterman’s Second Apology

“Improved” apology does no include three words he really needed to say, “I was wrong.”

More on this anon.



  1. Because he doesn’t think he was wrong. Letterman is a bitter, hateful man. this is his second opportunity to apologize for his nasty, mean-spirited, intentional attacks, and his second refusal to do so.

    He won’t apologize because he meant every word.

    Comment by American Elephant — June 16, 2009 @ 1:39 am - June 16, 2009

  2. Haha – The page took awhile to load; for several seconds I had only the title of the post to go on. I thought, “What could those three words be? Maybe ‘I Was Wrong’.” Then the page filled in, and there it was 🙂

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — June 16, 2009 @ 2:03 am - June 16, 2009

  3. the only thing he’s sorry for is having to apoligize at all because he and the network are taking a big hit. No one bought the 2nd phony apoligy anymore than the first.

    It’s way past an apoligy doing any good. He took it way past that point days ago. Nope, hispedophile butt should be fired. He’s lucky he is in New York. Most anywhere else he’d be in a police station answering charges of enciting statutory rape or staring down the business end of a shotgun from an angry father

    Comment by tidy66 — June 16, 2009 @ 3:05 am - June 16, 2009

  4. Just wondering… Has Alex Rodriguez made a public statement on this matter?

    If a television personality made a ‘joke’ about me raping and ‘knocking up’ a minor, I would be making public statements to condemn the ‘joke’ and to demand an apology.

    Comment by Lingster — June 16, 2009 @ 7:38 am - June 16, 2009

  5. In lettermans defense, I believe him when he says the target of his joke was 19 year old Bristol, not Willow and I bet he meant that Bristol is a little single mother white trash slut so when A Rod “knocked her up” it would be consensual. And I think most people know that and the rage that he was suggesting willow should be raped is feigned.

    The problem he doesn’t seem to get is, his jokes still aren’t acceptable or excusable even if you accept his explanation.

    Comment by American Elephant — June 16, 2009 @ 8:00 am - June 16, 2009

  6. You know, AE, the only people describing the Palin and the right’s response to Letterman as “Rage” are the left-wingers who are defending him. There’s no rage. (dictionary-dot-com: “angry fury; violent anger”) there is anger, there is disapproval, but no one is furious, much less violent.

    Using the word “rage” plays into the left’s meme of right-wingers being violent and dangerous. I think the response to Letterman’s attack on the children of a political opponent has been measured and appropriate. Only the media have hyped it into something bigger than it really is.

    Comment by V the K — June 16, 2009 @ 8:12 am - June 16, 2009

  7. There’s an easy way to expose left-wing hypocrisy on Letterman’s “joke”. Tell them you heard Rush Limbaugh say the following: “Derek Jeter was jealous, so when Obama took Malia along on date-night to New York, Jeter knocked HER up.”

    That would be followed, naturally, by universal condemnation, calls for boycotts, Congressional investigations, and criminal charges.

    Comment by John — June 16, 2009 @ 9:05 am - June 16, 2009

  8. The Ten Top Reasons Dave Letterman Shouldn’t Visit Alaska

    10. Grizzlies can smell ‘dead meat’ from miles away.

    9. It’s really difficult to walk back to shore from the deck of a fishing trawler 200 miles off the coast of Unalakleet.

    8. Dave would be the only guy stupid enough to lick the flagpole in front of the Barrow post office in February.

    7. 10,000,000 mosquitos would just love to perform fellatio on Dave, strapped naked to the float of a bush plane.

    6. A man Dave’s age would have a difficult time out-running a bullet from Sarah Palin’s favorite moose rifle.

    5. From the center of the Harding Ice Field no one can hear you scream.

    4. Strands of silver hair sticking out of sled-dog poop make lousy Iditarod trail markers.

    3. That pin-striped suit inside a crab pot at the bottom of Resurrection Bay, probably wouldn’t keep the Dungeness away from Dave’s genitals.

    2. Fourteen year old polar bears have no sense of humor when it comes to performing kinky sex acts with some old bug-eyed dude from New York City.

    1. Dave would have trouble getting a laugh when telling a Sarah Palin joke from the bottom of a crevasse on Mount Denali.

    Comment by Bushrat — June 16, 2009 @ 9:06 am - June 16, 2009

  9. I’m not sure his tongue could wrap it’s viperous fork around those words.

    That’s, of course, if they ever occurred to him to begin with.

    Comment by tree hugging sister — June 16, 2009 @ 9:14 am - June 16, 2009

  10. If Imus was fired, so should be Letterman.

    Only difference is that Imus was a bitter foe of the Clintons, Letterman a capital “L” Liberal.

    Comment by newpetrol — June 16, 2009 @ 9:27 am - June 16, 2009

  11. American Elephant: Mrs. Palin was in town with her 14 year old daughter Willow, not her 19 year old daughter Bristol, as reported in Newsday June 8 (pg A3). “Accompanying Palin on the trip was her husband, Todd, and the couple’s 14-year-old daughter, Willow, as well as Palin’s sister, Heather Bruce, and Bruce’s son Karcher, also 14.”

    Letterman’s writers (let’s be honest, Dave probably rolls in at 4:55 and reads off cue cards) who knew Palin attended the Yankees game because of the news coverage, could not possibly have failed to know which daughter they were talking about. It was not an accident or a misunderstanding, they just thought they could get away with it.

    Comment by Tom — June 16, 2009 @ 9:31 am - June 16, 2009

  12. “It doesn’t make any difference what my intent was, it’s the perception. And, as they say about jokes, if you have to explain the joke, it’s not a very good joke. And I’m certainly – ” (audience applause) “- thank you. Well, my responsibility – I take full blame for that. I told a bad joke. I told a joke that was beyond flawed, and my intent is completely meaningless compared to the perception. And since it was a joke I told, I feel that I need to do the right thing here and apologize for having told that joke. It’s not your fault that it was misunderstood, it’s my fault.”

    While he does hem and haw about it, in the end he does admit that the fault lies with him. It would of course been better had he done this the first time out of the gate, rather than he lame attempt at getting even more laughs.

    Comment by John — June 16, 2009 @ 10:27 am - June 16, 2009

  13. poor Dave … he’s become the 62 year old pervert who hangs around the magazine section in the 7-11 … he’s a sad sad pathetic creep!

    Comment by lsi — June 16, 2009 @ 10:49 am - June 16, 2009

  14. I read the apology yesterday, it was too long winded to be heartfelt.
    I’m glad Sarah Palin has accepted it and moved on. She has more important things to do then dwell on a hasbeen mean old comedian.

    I was wondering, in any of these celebrity apologies, do those three words ever appear?

    Comment by Leah — June 16, 2009 @ 11:01 am - June 16, 2009

  15. Had David Letterman made a funny ha ha joke about President Obama daughters being raped at a base ball game and that President Obama wife dresses like a ” slutty stewardess” , CBS would have fired him and the MSM press would not defend him.
    I will not buy and encourage friends and family no to buy any produces or services that advertise on his show.
    CBS fire David Letterman.

    Comment by Jim — June 16, 2009 @ 11:03 am - June 16, 2009

  16. Sarah Palin accepted the second apology attempt. So Letterman’s apology was sincere enough, I suppose.

    I don’t understand the push to get Letterman fired. Sure, he stopped being funny years ago, well before Larry Bud Melman died. And he’s a mean bitter old perv with an ugly mug. OK. Don’t watch. Don’t patronize his advertisers. Even go ahead and tell the advertisers you’re not patronizing them because of their Letterman stench. I still think there’s something unseemly about demanding someone in the private sector be fired as a condition of your patronage.

    Comment by Rhodium Heart — June 16, 2009 @ 11:13 am - June 16, 2009

  17. I was wondering, in any of these celebrity apologies, do those three words ever appear?

    Not usually. Further, the “apology” consists of only saying something like, “I’m sorry if I have offended anybody.” David Letterman at least apologized for what he did, not just for possibly offending anybody. Yeah, it would have been nice if he also said that he was wrong.

    Comment by Pat — June 16, 2009 @ 11:22 am - June 16, 2009

  18. It’s not “rage” that folks feel for Letterman. The proper word is “contempt”. There’s no need to urge that Letterman get fired; you simply turn him off and don’t listen to or watch his show. Since advertising dollars are what keeps that old has been before the camera, you turn off the advertising dollars and Letterman will ultimately be gone.

    I mean that’s the theory. The fact is that Letterman hasn’t been funny–or worth watching–for a long time.

    Comment by Mike Myers — June 16, 2009 @ 11:26 am - June 16, 2009

  19. Letterman made the A-Rod joke last Monday, when it was possible to believe he and his writers were too lazy to check and see which Palin daughter was at the game.

    But he made the Elliott Spitzer joke on Tuesday, after criticism of Monday’s two jokes (the other being the “Slutty flight attendant” one) already had started coming in. So in the case of the second joke, it’s not that Letterman didn’t know the 14-year-old was at t he game, it’s that he didn’t care to find out 24 hours after the fact if the reports Willow was at the Yankees game were true, or he did know and blew it off, figuring that all the people who were really important at CBS and in the liberal entertainment community had his back on this, and he could make all the jokes he wanted about the Palins and never get into trouble.

    Comment by John — June 16, 2009 @ 12:46 pm - June 16, 2009

  20. It was gracious of Sarah Palin to accept apology 2.0. But let’s face it: it was not an apology. Letterman appears to think that we were outraged because we misunderstood the “joke”. In fact, the outrage rises from a correct understanding of what Letterman said. If anything, his earlier “apology”, saying that he was talking about Bristol, not Willow, suggests that he himself misunderstood that joke.

    Which part of “slutty flight attendant” did we misunderstand?

    To blame the outrage on the audience’s misunderstanding, even if he says that means he told a “bad joke”, is still to blame the audience.

    Perhaps apology 3.0 will be less buggy.

    Comment by Ameryx — June 16, 2009 @ 1:19 pm - June 16, 2009

  21. … and will not do it again…

    Comment by Steve M — June 16, 2009 @ 1:37 pm - June 16, 2009

  22. Kudos to Sarah, she is a true lady. But I’ve now watched the clip. Looked to me that it was so painful and hard for Letterman to do.

    Now if he would simply disappear into the ether, that would be nice.

    Comment by Leah — June 16, 2009 @ 1:43 pm - June 16, 2009

  23. Letterman appears to think that we were outraged because we misunderstood the “joke”. In fact, the outrage rises from a correct understanding of what Letterman said.

    Exactly. Letterman’s explanation in apology 2.0 was that he delivered the joke badly. Like it would have been OK, if only he hadn’t screwed up the delivering. That’s the same defense John “I Was In Vietnam” Kerry tried to use a few years back, when he openly tried to insult our Iraq troops as stupid. A video replay (or transcript) exposes the explanation as a lie.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — June 16, 2009 @ 2:09 pm - June 16, 2009

  24. It’s not “rage” that folks feel for Letterman. The proper word is “contempt”.

    To a certain kind of lefty, it’s the same thing. If you feel contempt for him, you’re hurting his (false) “self-esteem”, and that in turn means you must be a psycho who hates him. Then he feels rage. And since there is no psychological boundary or difference between you and he – i.e., he is the center of the universe – then it must be you who are feeling the rage, as well as being The Source of All Rage.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — June 16, 2009 @ 2:14 pm - June 16, 2009

  25. “you simply turn him off and don’t listen to or watch his show.”

    Letterman is a little different, he’s more of a NYC tourist attraction than a CBS money maker; Bloomy won’t let Dave go.

    Comment by syn — June 16, 2009 @ 2:14 pm - June 16, 2009

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  27. #13 lsi, I believe the term(s) your grasping for in your note is “pedophile”, “child molester” and/or “sexual deviant”. That’s what the criminal courts call it as do all decent people in society

    Comment by tidy88 — June 16, 2009 @ 2:54 pm - June 16, 2009

  28. Although Letterman makes a belated second “apology,” there’s still a double standard here. If a conservative (think Hannity, Beck or O’Reilly) said something like this about the minor child of a Democrat, he would be fired after a media outcry. Why does Letterman get a pass? It’s time CBS fires him. Over at, they are keeping the pressure on the sponsors.

    Comment by Juju — June 16, 2009 @ 3:57 pm - June 16, 2009

  29. Here’s one for Letterman’s next show… should balance the scales a little bit. “Ya know, the other evening the President and his lovely wife were in town for a show [APPLAUSE]… yes, and they ran into a little trouble. Seems the President ran out at intermission and fellated his chauffeur for crack.” [LAUGHTER/APPLAUSE]

    Comment by megapotamus — June 16, 2009 @ 4:28 pm - June 16, 2009

  30. Also, no one is talking about the Spitzer joke which, if anything, is worse as it presumes whatever young Palin at hand is a whore. Could this be aimed at young Trig?

    Comment by megapotamus — June 16, 2009 @ 4:30 pm - June 16, 2009

  31. Our “perception” and “misunderstanding” are the problem, he said. And no, he wasn’t wrong.

    (How does one tell that joke — or one of its ilk — ‘right?'”

    Let’s move on, as they say. You’re not going to get anything else from him.

    I want to know where the flight attendants’ union is. You know — a short statement addressing the bigoted slanderous B grade movie Letterman version of flight attendants.
    The fact that he milked this for a couple days to get his ratings ahead of Conan’s during sweeps makes Letterman and his writers poster children for exploiters in so many ways.

    BTW –Didn’t he have the crew of the Hudson plane on? Did he mention to the heroic flight attendants that they were part of a slutty profession? Did any of them look like his model slutty flight attendant?

    If I were a flight attendant on his next flight I’d spill a drink on him. Oh. Wait. He probably never flies commercial. Too busy saving the planet.

    Comment by JAL — June 16, 2009 @ 5:26 pm - June 16, 2009

  32. Letterman says he did research after being handed the joke to make sure Bristol was 18 years old.

    Who here believes that? Who here can picture Letterman holding up a hand at the run through saying, “Hold on, hold on… can someone look up how old Bristol is and make sure she’s 18 so we can make this joke about A-Rod knocking her up?”

    Right… yeah… sure he did. The whole apology was a lie from front to back.

    Comment by Dan — June 16, 2009 @ 8:22 pm - June 16, 2009

  33. Forget it, Rhodium Heart. Don Imus was fired, although his apology was accepted too.

    Sauce for the goose, mate.

    Comment by JSinOZ — June 16, 2009 @ 10:16 pm - June 16, 2009

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  35. You know, AE, the only people describing the Palin and the right’s response to Letterman as “Rage” are the left-wingers who are defending him.

    You caught me! I’m a huge left-winger.

    I think the response to Letterman’s attack on the children of a political opponent has been measured and appropriate.

    I disagree. I think aspects of the response have been over the top.

    I think its perfectly right and just to denounce the jokes as mean spirited and out of order. I think its perfectly appropriate to do so loudly and incessantly, but I also think everyone knows that the butt of the joke about being knocked up was the daughter who, just coincidentally, was recently “knocked up”.

    I am no fan of Letterman, and have been a big Palin supporter as any search of my blog or this blog’s comments will show, but I think Sarah knew damn well he was trying to make fun of Bristol, but she thought she could score some points by suggesting he knew he was talking about a 14 year old. I was very disappointed in her for that. Its the first dishonest thing Ive seen her do, and I don’t like it. Part of the reason I liked her is because I didnt think she would do such things. Thats how Democrats behave, not Republicans.

    What she should have done is said, “look, I understand he was trying to trash my 19 year old daughter, but when did that become acceptable? What has my 19 year old daughter done to warrant such humiliating, vitriolic attacks by one of the biggest talk show hosts on TV? When did it become okay to trash the children of political candidates? I’m sure Sasha and Malia Obama would be interested to know.”

    I also thought her call for people to “rise up” was an extremely poor and unfortunate choice of words. I’ve never heard a politician call for people to rise up in defense of them before. Can you imagine Ronald Reagan calling on people to “rise up” against attacks on Nancy or Ron? It made her look weak, as though she cant fight her own battles, and it made her look calculating and opportunistic and has caused me to question her integrity and judgment.

    Even in accepting his apology, she tried to get a dig in. It was ungracious. I want politicians who act better than that. I expect Republican politicians to behave better than Democrats, not like them. She came very close to making the bad guy look more gracious than her.

    Comment by American Elephant — June 17, 2009 @ 3:24 am - June 17, 2009

  36. Republicans and conservatives spend too much time feeling sorry for themselves. hy do you love casting yourselves as a Victim Class?

    You just love to run outside, weeping and pounding the sidewalk, saying “Poor Sarah Palin!” “Poor Rush Limbaugh!”

    Letterman is not sorry he made a joke about Sarah Palin. He is sorry that she used his joke to accuse him of being a child molester.

    I think Palin is a blabbermouth and I hated to see her use Willow’s name and attribute all sorts of things to Willow that undermined whatever case she may have had that her children are off limits.

    Palin is a clown, unfortunately, a Bill and Hillary class pathological liar and you are most welcome to her.

    Comment by tjproudamerican — June 17, 2009 @ 12:08 pm - June 17, 2009

  37. Palin demostrated she is going to take your shit anymore.
    She fights back. AND SHE WON
    Don’t make excuses for Letterman

    Comment by o — June 18, 2009 @ 6:26 pm - June 18, 2009

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