Finch Calls On CBS To Fire Letterman

June 12, 2009

Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C,I – Springport) today has called for CBS Corporation President & Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves to terminate David Letterman’s contract with the network. Assemblyman Finch sent a letter via personal courier (see attached) to Mr. Moonves asking for Mr. Letterman to be fired. “Governor Sarah Palin was a guest of the City of Auburn in New York state,” said Finch. “She was subjected to degrading comments about herself, her 14-year-old daughter, and all women, on primetime television by Late Show host David Letterman. I find these comments to be completely unacceptable and outrageous.” Governor Palin was in Auburn, New York to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Statehood of Alaska. She toured and addressed a crowd at the former home of Secretary of State William H. Seward, who was instrumental in the purchase of the Alaskan territory from Imperial Russia. While staying in Upstate New York, Governor Palin and her family also took time to tour the home of Harriet Tubman who helped free slaves using the Underground Railroad. They visited the Women’s Rights National Historic Park and National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York. “Mr. Letterman made these comments on the heels of Governor Palin’s visits to notable landmarks of abolitionists and women’s rights advocates,” Finch stated. “These comments and Mr. Letterman’s continued degrading comments about women during the explanation of his remarks was appalling.” Finch continued, “I insist Mr. Moonves fire David Letterman and send a clear message to America that the CBS Network and its affiliates do not find it acceptable to insult women.”


June 12, 2009 Mr. Leslie Moonves, President & Chief Executive Officer
CBS Corporation
51 West 52nd Street
New York, New York 10019 Dear Mr. Moonves: I am writing to insist that your primetime comedian David Letterman, the host of the Late Show, be fired. Last week, Auburn, New York was honored to have Governor Sarah Palin celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Statehood of Alaska at the former home of Secretary of State William H. Seward. William Seward was instrumental in the purchase of the Alaskan territory from Imperial Russia. While she was a guest of our state, Governor Palin, her daughter and all women, were subjected to Mr. Letterman’s outrageous comments on national television. To make the situation more egregious, during Mr. Letterman’s explanation of his remarks, he took the opportunity to continue making degrading comments toward women. Mr. Moonves, once again I am calling on you to cancel David Letterman’s contract and send a clear message that you, the CBS Network and all its affiliates do not find insulting women acceptable. Sincerely,
Gary D. Finch
Member of Assembly