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The Phoenix Will Rise Again

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 16, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 16, 2009 |

So, Dave apologized last night to Sarah Palin. With absolute sincerity, which should probably put this whole Letterman v. Palin debacle behind him. I’m a little torn about it. It was clear to anyone with four or more brain cells that the joke wasn’t directed at Sarah Palin’s younger daughter, and in a way, this apology feels like a moral victory for poop head Palin. But then again, Dave didn’t have to deliver this apology (the loss of one advertiser on CBS’s website, notwithstanding). But there isn’t an ounce of bluster or sarcasm in it, and in a way, this feels like the only genuine moment from this entire controversy, which basically demonstrates what a classy goddamn guy Dave is. Again. He didn’t have to do this — his ratings are up. He’s ahead of the “Tonight Show,” for the first time in years. And he could’ve probably soaked a lot of material out of this fake controversy.

But he didn’t. He recognized that some people — whether justified or not — were actually offended by the joke and not just standing on a ladder on top of their soap box of self righteousness. So, he apologized. And, I suspect, it’ll mean a lot fewer jokes about Palin on the show, which is another win. Mocking or not, the less we hear about her, the better.

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