Dear Ms. Palin,
Last week, I wrote a column at my blog, then posted a poll there, both of which used the term “slut” toward you in a demeaning, offensive way.
The column headline was sexist. The poll limited options for voters to having to choose whether one thought you to be a saint or slut. I'm sure you regard yourself to be neither, so the poll was more offensive than the earlier headline had been.
The poll is still active.
Rather than dilute this apology, I might expand on why I was so upset in a later letter.
I'm truly sorry.