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Palin attacks Letterman again: Joke was about 'statutory rape'

Gov. Sarah Palin told The Today Show this morning that she continues to be offended by David Letterman’s joke “about the statutory rape of my 14 year-old daughter.” Interviewed by Matt Lauer, Palin referred to Letterman as a “so-called comedian” and said his humor “erodes a young girl’s self esteem.”

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Meanwhile, last night on the Late Show, Letterman made one joke in his opening monologue about the ongoing controversy, saying, “I think everything’s fine now: She called and offered to take me hunting.”

Palin’s remark to The Today Show suggests she still doesn’t get the idea that Letterman’s self-admittedly “cheap” joke – that during a Yankees game, “her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez” – had nothing to do with rape, nor was she buying Letterman’s premise that he wasn’t referring to 14-year-old Willow but to 18-year-old Bristol. Lauer cited a remark from Palin’s spokesperson: “It would be wise to keep Willow away from David Letterman.” “Are you suggesting David Letterman can’t be trusted around a 14-year-old?” Lauer asked. “Take it the way you want to take it,” said Palin. “It’s from the heart.” Lauer then asked, “But is that [comment] also not in bad taste?” “No, it’s not,” said Palin.

What do you think? Has this controversy gone on long enough, or will it continue?

For more on the Letterman-Palin controversy:

David Letterman vs. Sarah Palin: ‘This could be my last show’

Originally posted June 12 2009 — 12:14 PM EDT

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