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Frank Mahony: I’ve lost a lot of respect for David Letterman


Frank Mahony

Frank Mahony

I’ve lost a lot of respect for David Letterman

6/12/2009   Comment on This

He’s backpedaling now and trying to imply that he was making a “knocked up” joke about the older Sarah Plain daughter – not the 14 year old. So, making a “knocked up” joke about the 18 year old daughter is better?

No. It isn’t.

Sarah Palin’s daughters are not pop stars or publicity seekers wearing skimpy clothes trying to get attention. They are the kids of a politician who have been made visible by nature of their mother’s visibility.

I’m not defending the girls because of their mother’s politics – going after kids is just wrong. Neither daughter deserves this harsh treatment, especially from a guy who “knocked up” a woman he was not married to.

He can’t blame this on the writers; if he blindly says anything that gets handed to him then he’s an idiot and a parrot.

With that joke, I think Dave has officially Jumped the Shark. While defending himself, he sounded like a cranky old man belligerently justifying an outdated worldview. It was almost pathetic.

I always liked Letterman more than Leno but maybe now “it’s time”

He initially addressed this controversy by reiterating and justifying the appropriateness of the joke. Now he is backing down and acknowledging that is was in “poor taste” only because he’s now got the press and advertisers taking an interest.

I’m happy about the new era of Conan O’Brien (an Irishman) to usher in the late night retirement of Leno/Letterman.

Recent articles indicated Letterman was starting to outperform Conan in the ratings (Letterman was always behind Leno). Let’s see what happens after this shake-up. It only takes one wrong move to radically change public opinion.

Conan’s star is rising; Letterman’s star is coughing up blood.

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