Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Biased is as Biased Does

I didn't see O'Reilly on Letterman, but I've seen the ripple effect it's had on the internet.

What surprised me the most is the spin being placed on it by both sides.

One side claims jubilantly that Letterman kicked O'Reilly's ass. The other side crows about how O'Reilly stuck it to Letterman.

Yeah, I thought Letterman was pretty generous when he left the 'crap' level of O'Reilly's spew at a mere 60%.

But he could have done more research, and actually watched some O'Reilly before having him on.

When I post about comments made by a commentator when commenting about another commentator, it's a sure sign of the end of civilization.




Blogger Philip Morton said...

Letterman has always kept his political convictions close to the vest never revealing his bias, as opposed to Leno who shares he's a democrat. Both demolish both sides equally as entertainers. But Letterman has revealed both his parents are republicans and is known to be very conservative. I've always suspected his allegiance is to the republican side, but he's never mixed personal politics. This makes his O'Reilly bashing all the more thrilling to me. The right specializes in spin, so of course they're into damage control as one of their leaders was taken to task with audience approval. But the left can be pleasantly supported by a popular entertainer who is so disgusted with the administration and the apologists who attack any who decry them. That Letterman took one of the biggest ones to the mat, in a classic "Do you have no sense of honor, sir?" moment (Sen. McCarthy taken down by Army counsel, which is the pivotal moment that ended his tyrany, for those of you who don't know the quote) I think is a turning point as well, soemthing about the public consciousness, and how these self appointed Toquemadas of righteousness (15th century Inquisition leader for those of you who don't konw the name) are really just clowns when you point a flashlight at them. I loved how Letterman just pounded the crap out of him. I loved it.

1:20 PM, January 04, 2006  
Blogger boni said...

For years now, Letterman has been an unabashed
Bush mocker. He really doesn't appreciate Bush's lack of intelligence. So I too was thrilled when he took on O'Reilly.
I loved Dave's exasperated, "Honest to Christ." And O'Reilly continues to spew the CRAP about the Silent Night Song.
Read the reality on Media Matters web site. That song was written by someone at a California Presbyterian Church for crying out loud!!!

4:41 PM, January 04, 2006  
Blogger Jessica said...

I'm in the dark. That said, I love watching a half hour of media people interviewing media people about other media people and the state of the media. It's even better when it's about the politics of comedy and the comedy of politics. The only group more self-obsessed is the audience. All lovely and postmodern, isn't it?

10:01 PM, January 04, 2006  
Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

We are tricked into thinking that Letterman and O'Reilly actually means something.

When it doesn't.

6:33 AM, January 05, 2006  
Blogger United We Lay said...

I don't think it means anything, but it's always great to see O'Reilly embarrassed on national TV. I do see how people take it to mean that we're not taking this republican bullshit anymore. It could be the very beginning of the liberals finally standing up for themselves, but I doubt it. I have faith in America, but not in Americans right now.

7:13 AM, January 07, 2006  
Blogger mal said...

Of course I have comments but they are unresearched, unanalyzed and unproven. So..... I will be hiring myself out as "political commentator" since I am so eminently unqualified. I should be a smashing commercial success right up there with Howard Stern

2:24 PM, January 07, 2006  

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