Letterman Plays Mock Video of Dick Cheney Flatlining

Are jokes no matter how distasteful acceptable when they involve former Vice President Dick Cheney?

Consider a mock video David Letterman played on the CBS Late Show Tuesday wherein Cheney briefly flatlines in the middle of a discussion on ABC’s This Week (video follows with commentary):

As Cheney talked with host George Stephanopoulos about how happy he is to wake up every morning with a smile on his face grateful for another day he never thought he’d see, his eyes closed and the distinctive heart monitor sound of a flatline was heard.

Not surprisingly, the studio audience began to laugh and applauded until Cheney regained consciousness to continue his thought.

At the end of the video, Letterman laughed and said, “Wow, that was some high drama,” as the audience applauded.

So jokes about former political leaders dying are now considered funny.

You think that would have been the case if the gag was about former President Clinton who has himself had two heart procedures?

Something tells me Letterman would never show a video of him flatlining, and if he did, the outrage would be severe.

But simulating Cheney's death?

Laughter and applause.

And these people blame the caustic tone of politics and the severe ideological divide in this nation on conservatives!

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.