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Michael Steele On Letterman: "Time To Turn The Channel"

07/12/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele has suggested tuning out David Letterman over his jokes about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Letterman made a Top 10 list out of Palin's recent trip to New York in which he described her look as "slutty flight attendant" and made a joke about her daughter getting knocked at a baseball game. Palin responded by calling the late night host "pathetic" and his jokes "disgusting" and "sexually perverted." She said Letterman was particularly wrong to make a sexual joke about her 14-year-old daughter, Willow.

Letterman responded that Bristol Palin, not Willow, was the target of the joke. "Am I guilty of poor taste?" he said. "Yes. Did I suggest that it was OK for her 14-year-old daughter to be having promiscuous sex? No."

Steele wasn't impressed. "Letterman's joke about Sarah and Todd Palin's daughter was thoughtless and tacky," Steele said in a statement to The Hill. "I saw his explanation for the joke, but sometimes the easiest thing to do is simply say 'I'm sorry.'"

"When Letterman starts making tasteless jokes about kids, it's time to turn the channel," he added.

Todd Herman, who runs new media for the Republican National Committee, tweeted in response, "Steele suggests boycott of Letterman. New RNC chairman, NOW!"

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