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David Letterman: Real American Hero (and journalist?)

McCain vs. Letterman from The Late Show, 10/16/2008
As soon as complete footage is available, I'll get it up here.

I’ve written about Dave before. I’ve been a fan of his since the days of Toast on a Stick. My parents used to let me stay up late to watch him when I was in kindergarten. Perhaps that explains my warped sense of humor and poor sleeping habits, but I don’t regret it for a moment. I am truly proud after watching his show with John McCain tonight. He held McCain’s feet to the fire in a way that no mainstream journalist has ever done and certainly not since the presidential campaign began. With Keith Olberman looking on from the wings, Dave questioned his judgment in picking Sarah Palin and called him on the campaign bullshit on Bill Ayers and Palin’s hate mongering. Dave also sharply pointed out Palin’s total lack of qualification, but that isn’t in this video. I guess CBS thought it was too intense.

It is not hyperbolic to call Dave’s work tonight spectacular. It was unquestionably some of the best journalism I have seen in years. McCain faced tougher questioning than in any of the three debates this year and tougher than any interview of him I’ve seen.

McCain used to be an American hero. Tonight, there was only one hero on the screen.

Great job, Dave!

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McCain throws himself on Letterman buzzsaw

Late Night with David Letterman - McCain bails

The video above is the monologue and the early segments of Late Night with David Letterman from September 24, 2008. It also includes a snippet of his interview with Keith Olberman.
The full interview with Olberman can be found in two parts after the jump.

This was a great moment in television. I just wish a journalist, and not a comedian, had been at the helm. You can get the crux of the situation from the video, but here is a synopsis for the search engines: McCain was scheduled to be on Late Night with David Letterman last night. McCain has been on Late Night many times before and Dave has the utmost respect for what McCain did serving this country. But last night, at nearly the last minute, McCain calls Dave personally to tell him he won’t be there because the “economy is cratering” and he has to leave immediately for DC. Dave says, “do what you gotta do.”

But then he starts thinking about the situation and the result is political comedy genius as Dave picks McCain, Palin and the entire campaign (and bailout) apart on a totally non-partisan basis.

Watch and enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

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