UPDATE: Letterman vs McCain Gets Best ‘Late Show’ Ratings In Three Years
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This article was printed from http://www.deadline.com/2008/10/letterman-puts-mccain-on-the-hot-seat/
I (heart) Dave, and Nikki, too, cuz I rarely stay up late enough to watch.
Ever since last night’s debate, I’ve felt sort of sorry for McCain. Lay off him, Guys.
….and Letterman’s rating will be up for the night. be nice to see a comparision of the ratings before having McCain on and tonight’s ratings.
I hope he paid McCain well for the favor.
…and we all know that McCain DIDNT have to go back to Dave. Not one politician would have gone back to Dave after what happened, and yet McCain did. Its not that Dave will treat McCain any better. Late night comics are 7 to 1 skewering McCain in their monologues anyway.
go fkin figure.
Thanks for posting this Nikki.
My favorite thing about liberal comedians talking politics is the second they are challenged with something they immediately go to a joke and change the subject. See any episode of Bill Maher’s show for examples of this. It’s always a thoughtful political discussion when they are controlling the questioning or pontificating. But the second they are challenged with facts, Zap, here comes the funnies. Letterman clearly was uncomfortable when ACORN came up and changed the subject as fast as he could. But hey, he’s a comedian, and he’s a liberal so I understand. He can’t pretend to be impartial anymore than NBC,CBS,ABC or CNN news can.
Still, I wonder if Letterman would be so forgiving if McCain was friends with a person who 40 years in their past blew up an abortion clinic, was unrepentant about it, and was currently using the education system to advance his cause and beliefs.
Just a thought.
Apropos of nothing, Jimmy Kimmel Live has become more unwatchable than previously thought possible. PLEASE abc network executive yahoos — be smart. Do not cancel Nightline when Jay Leno inevitably comes over to the Alphabet. Kancel Kimmel instead and figure out a place for the now highly-rated, better-than-ever and venerable Nightline.
What a disingenuous ass McCain is. Is he going to shrug and say “I made a mistake” when he pulls the same thing to the American people and then gets called on his shit? Fearmonger.
No Scott, I’m not going to “lay off” McCain. He’s run a poor campaign, has very poor judgment, and I’m not his “friend.” I don’t care that he thinks we owe him the office. I’ll be forgiving when he’s lost. That Acorn crap is SO tiresome. Yelling racial epithets and “terrorist” should be off the table for presidential elections. Did you hear that a whole bunch of “rednecks” and conservatives aren’t voting for him?
Letterman crushed him. I thought he was going to go easy on McCain since he was big enough to come on the show, but nope. I find it funny, that it takes a comedian to ask tougher questions then 99% of the media.
McCain is a tedious old hack trading on long-past glory. That’s why he and Letterman get along so well.
In my formative years, David Letterman was my hero. For most of my life I have held no one in higher regard. No one’s even been close. But the David Letterman I have seen over the last few months has been out of line and disgraceful. He doesn’t even try to put together a comedy show anymore. For months he’s devoted his entire second segment to venomous liberal rants that spiral out of control and are totally devoid of humor. It’s as if he feels it’s his mission in life to obliterate all things McCain. And this was going on long before McCain stood him up. Oh sure, David’s repeatedly stated he’s an independent. But come on, every night it’s another unrelentess barrage of insults hurled at McCain with hardly even a sporting mention of Obama. What was David’s ‘obligatory’ Obama joke last night? A spliced-up soundbite that portrayed Obama as promising every American a kitten. For God’s sake, Joe Biden asked a senator confined to a wheelchair to stand up. Imagine if Palin had done this!!!!!
David, for me, this isn’t about politics. I voted for Obama in the primaries and I think an Obama victory would bring immediate results to this country. What this is about is your betrayal of what you set out to do many years ago, which was to work tirelessly to put together the best damn comedy show on television. David Letterman, you were my hero. I’m glad I have a large collection of video tapes to look back on what you were because it isn’t the person you are now. You have abandoned your true fans.
They are all passe. Jimmy Kimmel is shit. Letterman is acting like a spoiled brat who feels entitled to a McCain apology. ETC.
Best, most acerbic, smartest and most entertaining one of the lot is Craig Ferguson.
McCain’s a presidential nominee, not a child, Scott. And he’s run a campaign that even Karl Rove has said crossed the line. I didn’t know Rove recognized the concept of their being a line (for Republicans, I mean) until he said that.
As for the ACORN stuff, I find it repugnant that people who had no problem with the large scale disenfranchisement of voters that took place in 2000 and 2004—-particularly poorer voters who tend to move more often—are now up in arms because a homeless guy decides to write “Mickey Mouse” on a voter registration form because ACORN pays him by the form. ACORN is guilty of nothing but stupidity, while the GOP has made “caging” voters a continual tactic in their campaigns.
Are we the only democratic country where one of the 2 major parties wants to make it as hard as possible to vote, and reacts with rabid hatred when previously uninvolved citizens become engaged with the process? There’s even a petition online to delay the election. The stark raving lunacy of the right never ceases to astound.
And now McCain “pals around” with unlicensed SCAB plumbers too. He is an anti-labor war monger in mavericks clothing and we sure don’t need him or Palin as our president. Lay off him my ass.
I find it funny that someone here said that Letterman kept making jokes when he was cornered with something he couldn’t answer. It seemed to me like he was trying to get some words in and McCain kept drowning him out. If anything, it felt like Letterman was taking the interview more seriously than McCain was and that it was the Senator who was cracking jokes when things got too hot for his liking.
Maybe it’s just me but I honestly felt like it was McCain who was trying to brush things off with jokes and ridiculous PR tactics like key messaging. Just my two cents though.
As long as McCain is still trying to paint Obama as a “terrorist,” and isn’t willing to stop the chants of “kill him,” I can’t see a valid reason for anyone going easy on him. In fact, I’d rather see someone like Chris Rock sit down with McCain. Let’s see how McCain fares against a smart comedian who isn’t trying to be nice.
Spacesheik, I completely agree. I can’t wait for Leno to hurry up and get through his schtik so I can watch Ferguson. He should replace Leno, not that bumbling red headed bozo Conan Obbama.
Why does everyone keep bringing up ACORN and not the fact that Mr. Palin was a secessionist and then an active part of his wife’s administration? To me, that seems like a deal breaker for the White House.
I am more of an Obamma supporter then McCain and I felt that Dave was way over the line. Dave is supposed to be entertainment. Politician’s appearances are designed to be fluff pieces. I have CNN, Fox, MSNBC, NOW, Bill Moyers, etc if I want to see serious talk then I will turn to them. Dave clearly has an agenda now. If he wants to do journalism then ask Keith Oberman how to transition.
I think Dave is in decline and probably lost viewers over this. It sure seems there is a void in late night comedy on the networks. I am surprised that someone doesn’t step up and fill it.
Was I the only person that thought that McCain outright insulted an entire country when he said those “french” people at his rallies are the people yelling terrible things? This was only the icing on the cake for me. I thought that we got to see how McCain acts when he’s been put off his guard, which is when we see how he acts by nature. Also, McCain has REPEATEDLY said that he and Palin are Mavericks, and not popular with the senate. Then, calls Palin the most popular governor in the United States. He backtracked on his statement regarding his relationship with Gordon Liddy between commercial breaks. This man just can’t seem to be honest about anything. Being a former Republican, it saddens me to see the ruins of the shattered party and those who represent it.
Insulting France should give him the election right there. Lousy, lame French.
After seeing that I’m left wondering something: why is it comedians give politicians a harder time than journalists?
Shouldn’t it be the press packs that follow the candidates around be the ones asking the tough questions, rather than a chat show host? Hell, shouldn’t the at least ask any kind of question, rather than let themselves be spoon fed material by spin doctors?
Nikki, looks like the National Communist Party linked to your story. So many Obama-loving communists posting here of late. Terrible.
Dave is supposed to be entertainment. Politician’s appearances are designed to be fluff pieces.
Comment by bluetrade — October 17, 2008
The desire for ‘fluff’ is what got us into this mess in the first place. If no one else is doing it, why not Dave?
Why is it you ‘Conservatives’ always sound so bloody stupid and paranoid??
First its Muslim Terrorist, now its Communist? LOL
No I’m not American. Yes I don’t want Palin anywhere near the White House. No I’m not an Arab terrorist/Chinese Communist/Russian/Cuban/Mexican or Canadian if thats what your (probably) thinking.
Oh I think McCain/Palin are going to win cause I think the majority of Americans are poor, very, very dumb, ultra-religous and slightly racist arseholes.
Yes, yes I know I’m prejudiced moron, aren’t we all.
Screw the politics, it’s nice to see these greedy studios now producing their own YouTube clips and adding forced unavoidable advertising on the front and back ends of the clip. What assholes
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