As Twitchy reported, conservatives were rightly disgusted with CNN’s Carol Costello when in an on-air segment she introduced audio suggesting that Bristol Palin was assaulted by a man at a brawl in Anchorage, Alaska last month as “quite possibly the best minute and half of audio we’ve come across in a long long time.” And then she laughed as it played.

On Thursday, Costello issued a statement to Politico saying, “Over the past few days I have been roundly criticized for joking about a brawl involving the Palin family. In retrospect, I deserve such criticism and would like to apologize.”

And that’s it.

Dean Cain and followers still couldn’t shake Costello’s smugness.

Yes, and Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall can explain why if you’re interested.

For now, this is still CNN.