The Letterman Protest

Updated

One of the leaders of the protest planned this evening against David Letterman is John Ziegler, the L.A.-based radio talk host who made a documentary on the 2008 campaign called “Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted.” Undoubtedly the demonstration will make its way into some future project. A few months ago, Ziegler was arrested outside of a USC event where he sought an interview with Katie Couric, who was being honored.by the Annenberg School’s Norman Lear Center, about her interview with Palin.

There’s some speculation and rumor that Letterman may address this again on tonight’s show, or at least the protest outside, but I guess that depends on the turnout.

Firedave Update: The protest attracted a “modest crowd,” according to the New York Times, which also notes that Letterman’s ratings rose significantly on Monday night, beating “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.” Other news sources put the figure at about 50.

Several times on his Tuesday show, Letterman joked about the protests. “Now when I call your name, please come forward and pick up your apology. … I wanna get through this as quickly as possibly so you folks can get to the ‘Fire Dave Rally.’ … It’s nice that people hate me who are no longer just part of my immediate family. My son, he’s telling everybody at school that his father is Conan!”

Another quip: “Now when I call your name, please come forward and pick up your apology. …I wanna get through this as quickly as possibly so you folks can get to the ‘Fire Dave Rally.’ … It’s nice that people hate me who are no longer just part of my immediate family. My son, he’s telling everybody at school that his father is Conan!”

His Top Ten list was the “Top Ten Things Overheard at the Fire David Letterman Rally.” Included among them: “When does Cheney get here with the waterboarding gear?”

John McCain talked about Letterman on David Gregory’s show today, echoing his Twitter comments that the late-night host “did the right thing” and that it was “time to move on.”

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