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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Fire Letterman over Palin family jokes?

According to Fox News, New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R) wrote to CBS CEO Les Moonves asking that David Letterman be fired for his slimy jokes about Gov. Sarah Palin and her daughter.

“Firing Mr. Letterman would send a clear message that CBS will not tolerate any of its employees — even an established media figure like Mr. Letterman — making demeaning and degrading comments about women.”
Fox News: New York Lawmaker Calls on CBS to Fire Letterman for Palin Comments

I don't think so.

Letterman's humor catered to the left for many years. I gave up watching Letterman a couple years ago after a couple dozen rations of "Great Moments in Presidential Speeches." Once was funny, twice is for those that missed the gag the first time. Everything after that went beyond satire and humor into disrespect and open hostility toward the President.

I checked with some folks that still watch Letterman. It is interesting to note there are no more "Great Moments in Presidential Speeches" now that President Obama has the reins.

Letterman's comments about Gov. Palin's daughter (I don't care which one he was talking about) are repulsive. I vehemently disagree with his politically fired monologs. But all that has nothing to do with his right to hold those beliefs and say those things. Assemblyman Kolb's call for Letterman's firing is at worse an attempt to bring about official censorship on politically correct grounds. At best it is simply a grab for some face time on the news.

If Letterman losses his gig, it should be due to the one thing that makes all of television go round: Ratings. Not because he stepped on Gov. Palin's toes or violated some indistinct line drawn by the politically correct police.

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I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.
- Voltaire

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