Friday, June 12, 2009
I just got off the phone with CBS. The woman who answered said she'd transfer me to the comment line. When I asked her if I could get a live voice, she said I'd have to call 212-975-3247 Monday through Friday from 10-11:30 a.m. or 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST.
I then asked her if CBS has yet "issued a statement concerning David Letterman's obscene, sexist comments about Sarah Palin's daughter." She said, "Not to my knowledge." I then slyly remarked that I certainly hope she was making her voice heard from the inside. She responded, "To be honest with you, at first I was really upset, but now-- with the way people have talked to me over the phone--I really don't care about it anymore." She went on to say that she had been called all kinds of disgusting names and yelled at. She said, "I've been called a 'B,' I've been called a liberal--which I'm not. People have said things to me that are far worse than anything David Letterman has ever said about anyone, things that have brought tears to my eyes." Now, whether she's telling the truth or not, I don't know, but she did appear to be rather upset about it.
She thanked me when I told her that I certainly don't blame her for Letterman's criminal, disgusting comments, and that I was quite sorry she had to endure that, that she should not have to bear the brunt of his sick sense of humor. But I was very quick to add that the manner in which she was treated should not cause her to embrace an "I couldn't care less" attitude about Willow Palin. Why can't she condemn both her mistreatment and Willow's? She assented that this was true.
When she transferred me, I lit into that voicemail. All the emotion and sadness and absolute disgust at David Letterman's treatment of the entire Palin family came out. I wasn't in a rage; rather, I was clear in stating that this man needs to be held accountable, that his half-hearted pretense of an apology in which he joked further about an already hurtful situation was the equivalent of purposely driving the knife in deeper and turning it. His attitude vomits arrogance born of a feeling of indispensabillity. I said that as a business in service to people, they have an obligation to take the thoughts of the public into consideration--and as people are certainly sharing those thoughts with them, they need to respond with decisive action.
Sad thing is, no one will probably even listen to the message I left on the voicemail, but according to this young lady, the phones are ringing off the hook--as they should be. Keep up the pressure. I am going to call back next week and try to actually speak to someone. I hope you will do the same.
Let us be sure to vehemently voice our opinions to the right people. The lady answering the phone is not necessarily the enemy. Letterman has chosen to carry that title himself, and CBS needs to face him.
***Be sure to read yesterday's post called "They're Coming for YOU!" because they are!***