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Friday, October 2, 2009

Letterman knows how to handle a scandal

Twice now in just a few months, David Letterman has been involved with some sort of scandal. The first time was for a very poorly worded joke about Sarah Palin's family. Dave apologized and moved on despite continued criticism from some, which is probably the only thing he should have done. Palin tried to make it a bigger deal than it was, but that's not surprising considering it was her family that was insulted. Nevertheless, it was a joke, regardless of who found it funny, and a single apology was all that was needed.

That's not the case this time. In case you missed it, here is what happened in Dave's own words:

Needless to say Dave is not going to come out clean from this one. Even though he did not outright state it, it seemed implied and I think most people will assume Letterman cheated on his wife. He will have egg on his face for a while for sure, but in the big picture Letterman played the whole situation perfectly. Today's headlines are about how someone was trying to extort him, not his affairs. Even Dave's mea culpa ended up being more of a story about how the man who wanted 2 million from him was arrested and now faces charges. Letterman will undoubtedly get ratings boost from this, and he not only helped catch the man allegedly trying to extort him, but, by publicly admitting his mistakes, he obliterated any chance anyone else had of making money off it. For those not wanting to watch the video, the man was allegedly threatening to write a book and screenplay about the affairs unless Letterman gave him $2 million. Either way, it appears he was looking to make a buck off of Letterman's secrets. Now they're not secrets anymore, and the only thing the guy is likely to get for his alleged efforts is a few years in jail.



Blogger Ian said...

I can't be the only one whose main thought about this whole story is, Wait, there are _multiple_ women willing to sleep with a dude who looks like David Letterman?

October 9, 2009 at 2:31 PM 

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