Hot Air links to this article on Entertainment Weekly
Camp Palin apparently took the joke to be a crack against Palin's 14-year-old daughter Willow, who had recently attended a Yankees game, but Letterman insisted today that the real target was 18-year-old daughter Bristol.
“We were, as we often do, making jokes about people in the news and we made some jokes about Sarah Palin and her daughter [Bristol]... and now they’re upset with me…” Letterman says on tonight's show. "These are not jokes made about her 14-year-old daughter. I would never, never make jokes about raping or having sex of any description with a 14-year-old girl.... Am I guilty of poor taste? Yes. Did I suggest that it was okay for her 14-year-old daughter to be having promiscuous sex? No." Saying he hopes he's "cleared part of this up," Letterman extended an invitation to Palin to come on the show as a guest.
Ummm... Okay, but Bristol wasn't at the baseball game and Willow was, so to joke about someone who wasn't at the ballpark that day doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
And another thing: Letterman asks, "Did I suggest that it was okay for her 14-year-old daughter to be having promiscuous sex? No."
What Letterman described was not a "14-year-old having promiscuous sex." It was describing a 33-year-old baseball player having sex with a 14-year-old girl, which, according to New York law and the rest of the non-dirt-bag-comic world, is an offense punishable by 7 years in prison. This was not a description of "promiscous sex;" it was statutory rape.
And I hope that Palin does not go on this show. Her presence would bring him ratings that might stop his barely beating heart and force his other foot into the grave.
Update: Real Clear Politics has the video of the "apology."
Update: Good for her. Palin "isn't taking Letterman's ratings bait."