As Walt reported the other day David Letterman made a bad joke about Sara Palinâ€™s daughter getting knocked-up by A-Rod. He begged off an apology stating that he though he was talking about the older rather than the younger daughter. Better, but not by much, it was admittedly, always a bad joke. The problem I have is that those on the Right always seem quick to condem those on the Left for these kinds of â€œOopsâ€ while â€” at the same time â€” excusing those on the Right who make similar kinds of â€œOopsâ€ comments.
In a piece in The Dallas News, columnist Mark Davis actually made some salient point on this very topic.
By any civilized measure, a horrible joke â€“ and another layer of the mounting evidence, from tasteless jests to hateful insults, that the Palins are fair game for a special level of mistreatment.
But something happened on the way to clarity.
He went on to say:
Those clinging to Willow’s presence may not know that comedy writing is a broad, sloppy art that usually does not involve a LexisNexis search before each punch line. The writers may not have known which other Palins were there.
Since none of us were in the writers’ room, I refer to history in responding to the manufactured certainty of Letterman’s darker intent: Never, in more than 30 years of television, has he made an adolescent girl the subject of a sex joke.
But the Palins, understandably weary of being the butt of pop-culture derision â€“ and many conservatives understandably thrilled to see someone “fight back” â€“ shelved any standard of fashioning a response to fit the offense.
You can read the entire article here, but it is nice for someone to make a clarion call to sanity, if only anyone would listen.
Point is, we are all human, and realistically not only would we get along better, but I think that things would run smoother if we could just admit that sometimes we are wrong and the other guy is right, I donâ€™t know when it became set in stone policy that we can’t be wrong and you can’t be right.