PBS says it won’t show Al Franken in the Monday night broadcast of the Mark Twain Prize ceremony honoring David Letterman.
At least the Minnesota senator won’t have the same profile in the Kennedy Center event as originally planned.
With a second accuser of sexual misconduct (saying he grabbed her butt during a 2010 State Fair photo shoot), “Franken will not appear substantially in the PBS program airing nationally Monday evening at 8 pm ET,” said a public-broadcasting statement.
“PBS and WETA, the producing station, felt that the inclusion of Sen. Franken in the broadcast at this time would distract from the show’s purpose as a celebration of American humor.”
This despite the fact Letterman had his own scandal — back in 2009 when he told of his blackmail scare, confessing “I have had sex with women who work on this show.”
Politico reported: “Franken apologized to radio anchor Leeann Tweeden on Thursday after she said he forcibly kissed her in 2006…. Tweeden’s story prompted 33-year-old Lindsay Menz to contact CNN and allege that Franken grabbed her buttocks while the two posed for a picture taken by her husband.”
HuffPost noted: “Photos of Franken attending last month’s event with family members remain on the Kennedy Center’s website.”
The irony wasn’t lost on some:
That was my reaction. Cutting Franken because of allegations and giving award to serial harasser David Letterman? Do better @PBS .
— Persistence Time (@NicoleKowalski5) November 20, 2017
So, think of the irony.@PBS is editing out Franken’s role because he is a sexual abuser, and don’t want him distracting from celebration regarding…another male predator. https://t.co/7yJrbAdLIw https://t.co/WsrgPP8I5t
— Pradheep J. Shanker, M.D., M.S. (@Neoavatara) November 20, 2017
“Al Franken Cut from PBS David Letterman Special Following Groping Allegation” BIG DEAL! You need to cut the LETTERMAN special altogether as HE is a pervert as well!
— TJ Francois (@TomFreeSpeech) November 20, 2017
BREAKING: Senate Molester Al Franken Cut From PBS’ Kennedy Center Tribute to David Letterman, who Harassed & Bedded Female Network TV Interns https://t.co/y54pyjorXK
— Thomas Paine (@Thomas1774Paine) November 19, 2017
Leftist Propaganda Outlet PBS Removes Sex Assault Criminal Al Franken from
Laughably Hypocritical Tribute Event for
Serial Cheater, Liar, & Leftist Loser David Lettermanhttps://t.co/R1rBkpsiIU
— Trey Von Dinkis (@Trey_VonDinkis) November 19, 2017