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June 16th, 2009
05:47 PM ET

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Editor's note: Tuesday’s American Morning audience remained divided regarding the Palin-Letterman ‘joke’ story, as Letterman apologized to the governor. Some felt his joke was in very poor taste and that he had a long history of such; others saw this as an opportunity for Governor Palin to use her family as a public relations tool.

  • Ginger: Whether you are a liberal or a conservative women should not be subject to derogatory remarks. I am glad David Letterman apologized and even happier that the national organization for women came out to protest. All women no matter their party affiliation, race or religion must stand together and protest derogatory comments made towards any woman. It must stop for women to meet their full potentials. Otherwise we will never see a woman breaking that glass ceiling.
  • Anonymous: I was raped at 5 years old, my sister was date-raped at 22, and my niece was date-raped AT 20. i applaud CNN for reporting the insensitive and crude jokes of David Letterman. I have enjoyed watching his show for many years, but will not again.
  • Barbara: I just wish you would bring Letterman's long history of overt Bias that may have caused this flap to be the 'straw that broke the camel’s back '! When Hillary C. was running for NY senator, he covertly gave her the difficult statistic / facts questions in advance to make her look 'smart and knowledgeable ' about the state. It was discovered, but the parties shrugged it off, and, that thanks to 'news people' with the same bias, the unfairness never surfaced !! I think we all know, there is NO 'SORRY' on Letterman's part except he is starting to sweat the backlash against him !!! And the complaints to his sponsors !!
  • Andre: Palin scores a victory over letterman. That is another three weeks of news attention for the dope.
  • Al: Letterman – Palin. Don't you get it? Nobody cares.... This is just a gimmick to get Palin more media coverage.

What do you think of David Letterman’s apology to Governor Palin? Do you believe that he, as a comedian, needed to apologize for the joke, or was the governor using this as an opportunity to gain public attention? Comment here or follow the story at this link.

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  1. Jeff

    Ode to the Masses
    A Supernatural force that was wrapped in an enigma, he was able to entertain, amaze, dazzle, inspire, teach and most of all unite all members of the human race. There is not a part of the world that you can go to that his presence has not been felt. As much as I’d like to claim him as a Black entertainer that stood alone, he was a child of the world. His ability to transcend all racial barriers known & unknown is something that the most eternal optimist has dreamed about… he achieved with little or no effort. What ever he created and will be judged about as it pertains to his private life, Allah will judge. His public persona was unrivaled by any entertainment personality. The individuals that he affected professionally span the musical, dance & entertainment profession like none other before or since him. He was a Peter Pan individual who never wanted to grow up, that in and of itself boggles the mind when you think of how a good portion of his childhood has been purported to be by the media and by his own admission. The immediate impact he had when he first arrived on the scene from Gary, Indiana is still resonating with many of us who grew up with him and his Brothers and Sisters. His ability to touch the varied artists from the multitude of different musical backgrounds throughout his musical life is a testament to his diverse talent and personality.

    His childlike innocence offstage had a tremendous effect on the many artist & humans he came in contact with. It has been said that there are some who cannot and will not be relegated to their own family, his was such a life. He was, is and always will be a child of the world, the sudden way he has gone Home to his Father is again proof that tomorrow is not promised to anyone. To the Jackson Family, we send our prayers and wishes that they’re able to lean on each other for strength to get through this very trying time. To all those who loved him, please remember the young man who came upon us with his four Brothers and grew into the young man that Thrilled the world with the music that will be remembered long after we’ve all gone home. His was a life that will be perpetual in its entertainment value that we all had the privilege to appreciate and consume. The many parts of his personal life that affected others that were not appealing, hopefully will not allow anyone to forget the magical effect his music had on the world at large. When you listen to many of the lyrics he himself composed should lend to the person behind the persona. His persona, I believe we will never see again. For all intent and purpose Allah felt his time on this planet was over and he has called his Son Home. May Allah be with you my Brother.
    Las Vegas

    July 7, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  2. Rockman

    Palin,relaxwil YAH!

    June 17, 2009 at 11:10 pm |
  3. Ryden

    Its Lettermans way of getting ratings and guest. How's this for Bad Taste? Wonder if Letterman's kids will have to get the continintel divide with their teeth fixed like he did?

    June 17, 2009 at 7:39 am |
  4. Renee Dodson, Peru, Indiana

    I dont think Dave should have had to say "Sorry". There is that little thing called FREE SPEACH in our Constitution. I think that the media I.E. CNN needs to stop giving Palin ANY news coverage as she is OLD NEWS. She is about as smart as a tree stump and gives women across this country a bad name. NO More talk about PALIN allready!

    June 17, 2009 at 7:19 am |
  5. Jim

    Al: Yes, I get it. Everyone should care about the degrading remarks that Letterman said about the Palin's daughter on National TV. The remarks were disrespectful. Hurtful remarks are always unwelcomed by anyone regardless of their stature. The derogatory remarks were totally out of line and Letterman should never had spoken them. Governor Palin doesn't need any gimmicks to get media coverage; the media covers her regardless of the Dave Letterman show.

    June 16, 2009 at 9:59 pm |