The Unofficial Late Night Talk Show Thread

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  1. RyanAn

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    Letterman is my hero. It's offiical.

    To Bill O'Reilly on tonight's episode:

    "I figure about 60% of what you say is crap."

    Talk about being conservitive. [​IMG]

    To be fair, O'Reilly is on 5 days a week as well.

    Ryan
     
  2. Michael Martin

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    I saw part of Reilly's time on Letterman, and I was startled (in a good way) how Letterman switched from goofy smartass to serious smartass. I'm glad he didn't just banter with Reilly or let him down easy.

    On a side note, loved on Letterman's opening jokes: (paraphrase) it's so cold in NYC that the hookers are handing out North Face condoms.
     
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    I love Letterman...but, count me among those who hate when he does this kind of stuff. He's out of his league with someone like O'Reilly. Dave isn't a news man, he doesn't do research, and he is an unlikely debater. I just felt uncomfortable.
     
  4. MichaelBA

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    Any link to the Letterman v. O'Reilly segment?
     
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    And O'Reilly is? To me he will always be the host of the tabloid TV show, Inside Edition.
     
  6. Walter Kittel

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    Lol!

    Yeah, he is. He has a freaking army of researchers and fact checkers working off a huge payroll now. Ratings do that for you.

    Sure, he's still an opinionated blowhard with a Titanic sized ego. But, he can debate well and has a mountain of facts to back whatever position he sees fit.
     
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    Thanks very much for the link, Walter.

    I don't think Letterman at all came out on top in as much as he didn't want to and wasn't prepared to discuss any particular issue. It seems he only wanted to scold O'Reilly and hold him in extreme public disdain. Maybe that's an ego-boost for Letterman, but if he thinks that he took down O'Reilly a notch or two, the split applause in Letterman's own audience counter-indicate that.
     
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    You guys see the Howard Stern interview on The Factor? Now that was some sarcastic bantering there. Very entertaining stuff. Each one daring the other to lose their cool but they didn't. [​IMG]
     
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    Exactly: he picks among the facts to back whatever position he wants to take, and ignores the facts he doesn't like.
     
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    i thought it was a serious discusson but they certainly seem to be friendly with each other even after dave said 60% of what o'reilly says is crap.
    dave also admitted he doesnt watch his show and that he isnt smart enough to debate o'reilly point for point.

    i agree with what paul said
    'it was good tv."

    iliked it.
    good to see on a talk show like this discussio without the host kissing the guests butt.
     
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    Errr..yeah. That's called debate, dude. He actually doesn't ignore facts, he finds facts that counter any facts the opposing side would use.
     
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    It's just important not to call it a news show, then.

    Dave is no Jon Stewart. Stewart was nicer and yet more challenging. Link to that interview.
     
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    Thank you for the video Walter!

    Did anyone catch Conan last night as well? Two of my favorite people, Quentin Tarantino and Nick Swardson were on, and really made a fun show.

    Ryan
     
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    I saw the entire show, and at the beginning of it, when Letterman first said his name, he looked disgusted, almost like he already knew that it wasn't going to turn out right.

    I can't see any host telling any guest that 60% of what you're saying is crap though, especially since Letterman admitted that he didn't watch his show. That is just so wrong in so many ways.

    Glenn
     
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    O'Reilly's a Harvard Kennedy graduate. He's no dope. Even those who revile his politics or biases can't make that claim seem plausible. But Letterman wanted to denigrate him as a moron, and he failed utterly. He even came off petulant and a little childish, while in the face of an essentially useless ad hominem attack O'Reilly stayed calm and courteous and came off classier than Letterman.

    Still, it was all entertaining. A very REAL moment in otherwise phony baloney television. First time I've watched Letterman since, I don't know, the 80s?
     
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    Cutting off and bullying people with less experience in the comfort of one's turf is not what I call good debate skills.

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  19. MichaelBA

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    Isn't that what Letterman kinda did to O'Reilly?
     
  20. Walter Kittel

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    I don't recall him telling O'Reilly to SHUT UP!, SHUT UP!

    ( Maybe I missed it. [​IMG] )

    - Walter.
     

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