Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Note to David Letterman

An article in The Spectrum by Rhonda Tommer:

"Late Night" talk show host David Letterman found himself in a mess a couple of weeks ago when an alleged extortionist threatened to release information about him and his many sexual flings with female co-workers....

Letterman, being the respectable and upstanding person that he is, came clean on his "Late Night" show. He admitted to the scandals. He apologized that his wife was "horribly hurt" because he slept with women who worked for him. Letterman has only been married for a few months, though he and his wife parent a child together who is 6 years old.

CBS's "Early Show" news anchor Maggie Rodriguez reported that "all of us here at CBS (are) just shocked to hear that our own David Letterman was reportedly being blackmailed by a CBS news employee."

Really? Why aren't they shocked that Mr. Letterman would be taking advantage of women whom he had a position of power over? Where's the National Organization of Women when you need them?

This isn't the first time Letterman has had to apologize for his behavior. In June, during one of his ever-pungent monologues, Letterman made a comment about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter being "knocked up" by Alex Rodriguez while the Palins were taking in a New York baseball game. During the same monologue he said that Palin visited a popular department store to buy makeup so she could acquire that "slutty flight attendant look."

Letterman tried to dig his way out by saying that he "told a bad joke." He also stated that he had no defense for his continual denigration of the Palins. He stated that he does so out of "desperation to get a laugh." I suppose he has slept with numerous subordinates out of his desperation to quench his insatiable ego. What a pathetic little man.

Letterman ended his apology to the Palins by inviting Sarah and her husband, Todd, to his show. Or, he suggested to Sarah on air, to "leave Todd at home." I suppose he thought Sarah might visit his private penthouse playground. She's got way too much class for him.

Regardless of your opinion of Sarah Palin, there is an element of respect we owe to one another as fellow human beings. Referring to Palin as "white trash" on national television to make a feeble attempt at getting a laugh just shows Letterman's sheer lack of talent. And talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

Letterman spent his Oct. 5 monologue making jokes about the fallout from his soul-cleansing confession of sleeping with subordinates. I'm sure his wife is not laughing. His first guest, Steve Martin, stated that Letterman's little affairs proved that he's "human." Give me a break! Letterman continued to make jokes about his predicament throughout the evening. He referred to himself as a "victim."

Letterman stated, "If you hurt a person and it's your responsibility, you try to fix it." He has a lot of fixing to do. The problem is he doesn't seem to want to take responsibility for the hurt he's caused.

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