Why Is David Letterman Held To A Different Standard?
We’ve already seen that when Jay Leno told a similar joke to David Letterman’s it was virtually ignored. And why didn’t this skit get the level of attention that David Letterman’s joke did? On “Saturday Night Live” last September, the premise was that New York Times reporters were trying to find out of Todd Palin was having sex with his daughters. Of course, the joke was aimed at the Times, but the level of outrage doesn’t come close to the Letterman flap.
“What about the husband?” asked a Times reporter during a mock assignment meeting for the paper. “You know he’s doing those daughters. I mean, come on. It’s Alaska.”
The assignment editor for the Times, portrayed by actor James Franco, responded: “He very well could be. Admittedly, there is no evidence of that, but on the other hand, there is no convincing evidence to the contrary. And these are just some of the lingering questions about Governor Palin.”
CNN’s “Showbiz Tonight” covered the controversy at the time.
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