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Finally, David Letterman delivers the right apology for Palin jokes

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Palin-letterman-b (THIS JUST IN: Palin has accepted Letterman's apology while invoking the U.S. military, free speech and jokes about "public displays of exploitation about girls. Does this mean she's done talking about it?)

I said last week that late-night king David Letterman delivered the wrong apology for his off-color jokes about former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her daughter's visit to New York City.

Back then -- and doesn't it feel like an eternity ago? -- Letterman seemed perplexed and slightly angry that anyone would even think he was implying Palin's 14-year-old daughter Willow was the butt of his sexual jokes. But she was the only daughter seen with Palin at a New York Yankees game, so the Palins used the entertainer's mistake as an excuse to blame him for the objectification of all women in Hollywood.

The Palins were right that Letterman crossed a line, and the comic's explanation of what he meant never really acknowledged what an awful mistake he'd made in the first place. Of course, Sarah Palin went on to squander some of the sympathy folks might have had for her plight, by doing so many interviews on her objections that her anger began to look more like a publicity stunt than anything.

As I've written before many times, I think history counts a lot in these instances. People calling for Letterman to be fired because he made one mistake just doesn't make sense to me.

Still, Letterman manned up last night, admitted his mistake and vowed to try harder in the future. Wonder how Palin and her fans will try to spin this mea culpa?

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