NOW Sides With Palin, Attacks Letterman
The National Organization for Women nominates David Letterman for a slot in its “Hall of Shame” for his joke about the governor of Alaska’s daughter getting “knocked up” at a Yankees game.
After two nights of “jokes” at the expense of Palin and her family, Letterman tried to explain himself and offer something of an apology. On his June 10 show, Letterman said he was referring to Palin’s 18-year-old daughter, Bristol — not the 14-year-old daughter who actually accompanied Palin on her New York trip. Letterman said “I recognize that these are ugly” jokes. NOW agrees. Comedians in search of a laugh should really know better than to snicker about men having sex with teenage girls (or young women) less than half their age.
The organization appends a request that “all the conservatives who are fired up about sexism in the media lately will join us in calling out sexism when it is directed at women who aren’t professed conservatives,” but curiously it dredges up the old example of Rush Limbaugh mocking Chelsea Clinton instead of the very fresh and nearly omnipresent sexist jokes about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and first lady Michelle Obama. If nothing else, this negates Roger Pilon’s atypically fatuous question about Palin and Letterman: “Where is the outrage from the Left? Where are the feminists?”