Good for Dave. He seems to understand why this was a problem for many people, and he also seems contrite about it. And it’s been accepted, so we can all move on now.
Frankly, I always thought he was better than this, better than the raging loon we’ve been seeing on TV these last eight years or so. Maybe he’s been sucked in by all the other raging loons that inhabit that strange city.
But I’m still not sure people “get” what this is all about.
I think the accepted storyline in the eyes of at least some people is “Letterman made fun of touchy conservatives who then threatened a boycott like a bunch of spoiled children, so he finally had to give in and apologize”.
In truth, the takeaway from this is that Letterman made a joke about conservatives that he would never make about liberals, and he did this because conservatives aren’t viewed as fully human in the eyes of the media establishment, so you can get away with it. They aren’t real people, so who cares?
It’s pandering to the audience they clearly prefer, and nothing more.
“Tolerance: It’s Just a Word We Like to Throw Around!”
The climate that allows it to happen in the first place has to change. And until it does, nothing is really changed.
My earlier post is here: So . . . This is Where We Are Today? Really?