More on Letterman

letterman-palinAs Walt reported the other day David Letterman made a bad joke about Sara Palin’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 “Oops” while — at the same time — excusing those on the Right who make similar kinds of “Oops” 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 – 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 – and many conservatives understandably thrilled to see someone “fight back” – 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 don’t know when it became set in stone policy that we can’t be wrong and you can’t be right.

The Perfessor