Poor David Letterman. He’s finding out the hard way that going up against Sarah Palin can be a very, very unpleasant experience. And now, even, um NOW (the National Organization for Women) is against him.
It all started when Alaska’s governor came to New York to participate in a tribute to William Seward in Auburn, N.Y. on the 50th anniversary of Alaska statehood. After that, she and the fam, who as we know from the 2008 campaign, like to soak up all the freebies they can, attended a Yankees game before heading to Washington for a Republican fund raising dinner. Palin’s 14-year-old daughter, Willow, was at the game. Her more notorious daughter, the 18-year-old Bristol, who recently bore a son without benefit of marriage, was not.
So began Letterman’s troubles.
And if that wasn’t bad enough…
Letterman no doubt had his Willows and Bristols confused. He apologized in typical Letterman style after the mistake was pointed out by saying the joke was one of many tasteless ones he’s made that he wishes he could take back.
Palin, of course, has been milking it for all it’s worth, which seems to be more than the last time she was righteously indignant. That was when Pres. Obama made a joke about his own ability to bowl by comparing it to the Special Olympics. Palin, whose son Trig is a Down syndrome child, tried to make herself the victim but it didn’t take. With Letterman’s comments more targeted, Palin had all she needed to exploit the situation. And even NOW agrees with her.
“The sexualization of girls and women in the media is reaching new lows these days — it is exploitative and has a negative effect on how all women and girls are perceived and how they view themselves,” the group writes on its website, pointing to Letterman’s jokes as an example.
But to their credit, NOW didn’t stop there.
“NOW hopes 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,” NOW writes.