Friday, June 19, 2009

TGIF "Circus Life" Tipping Points: Not What You Get After You Leave A Restaurant

Imus has been on vacation for the last two weeks but somehow he still managed to make the news cycle.

David Hinckley of the Daily News June 16th, 2009 writes.

For latecomers, the backstory is this: Letterman's monologue on June 8 included a joke about Palin's daughter being "knocked up" by Alex Rodriguez during the seventh inning stretch of a Yankees game.

Letterman later claimed he thought he was joking about 18-year-old Bristol Palin, who did get knocked up. Trouble is, the Palin daughter who attended the game was Willow, who is 14, which makes it a different joke.

In any case, assuming Letterman is telling the truth, this was no more or less tasteful than a thousand other Dave jokes over many years. That's the kind of jokes he tells. This was just the first one for which he had to apologize twice, half-jokingly last week and quite seriously – well, as serious as Dave ever gets – last night.

Palin said today the second apology was sufficient. Whether it will also pacify those want Dave's scalp may take a little longer to resolve, because they obviously consider this way too righteous a crusade to simply drop.

The good news for Dave is that while CBS can't be happy about any of this, there has been no indication he's going to be Imus'd over it.

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