Buttle's World

11 June, 2009

David Letterman, meet Dan Rather

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 9:27

This whole thing makes me sad. I was such a fan of David Letterman back in the 80’s. I time shifted his show and watched it religiously. He was hip, quick, and funny.

Not anymore. And CBS knows it.

I guess I owe the NY Times an apology from when I suggested they altered the Letterman transcript and failed to note it. Courtesy of Tim Blair, it seems that it was CBS itself that altered the transcript before it was released. They obviously knew it was problematic. Why haven’t they apologized as a network, at least to the Palins, for airing it?

Given that it was CBS, the only question that remains is, did they use a word processor, PC or an imitation of an old typewriter from Bush’s National Guard days to do it before they sent it out?

This makes me sad the way seeing an old friend go bats would. Like what happened with Ben Stein.


Credit where it’s due: NOW has added Letterman to its Media Hall of Shame. Of course, they manage to whine about what Rush Limbaugh said a decade or more ago:

On that point, it’s important to note that when Chelsea Clinton was 13 years old she was the target of numerous insults based on her appearance. Rush Limbaugh even referred to her as the “White House dog.” NOW hopes that all the conservatives who are fired up about sexism in the media lately will join us in calling out sexism when it is directed at women who aren’t professed conservatives.

I remind the gals at NOW that Rush got just as much criticism from the right as from the left for that joke. He also offered a sincere apology. The moral equivalency game really breaks down when you compare calling a kid ugly to making jokes about raping one.


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