During the opening monologue of Tuesday’s Late Show on CBS, David Letterman channeled his inner Chris Matthews in professing his admiration for President Barack Obama following his appearance on Monday’s program by declaring that “you can feel the electricity in the room” whenever he’s on the program.
Having paved the way for television comics to make the unlikely leap to the rarefied sanctum known as the United States Senate, Saturday Night Live alum Al Franken wants David Letterman to follow suit.
Franken, now in his second term as a U.S. senator for Minnesota (and my apologies for the profound shock to anyone who recently awoke from a decade-long coma and still wasn't aware of this), appeared on Letterman's Late Show last night and thanked Letterman for his work as a comedian and broadcaster as Letterman prepares to retire in May.
Discussing the presidential bid of Senator Ted Cruz with Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday's CBS Late Show, host David Letterman described the Texas Republican motivating "extreme" supporters: "...he announced at Liberty College [sic], which is Jerry Falwell's place.... And that was, of course, purposeful, because he wanted to establish his – the base, the core of the extreme right-wing part of the Republican Party."
In a preview of the 2016 campaign, all five late night comics on Monday night mocked Ted Cruz, hitting the Republican as anti-immigrant, regressive and stupid. CBS host David Letterman didn't bother with a joke. Instead, he lectured, "Here's what I find interesting about Ted Cruz, he was born in Canada. His father fled to the United States from Cuba. Yet, Ted Cruz is against immigration. Isn't that odd?"
In a contrast of how two network late night comedy hosts addressed the Hillary Clinton email scandal on Monday, CBS’s David Letterman whined about the attention and effort being devoted and given to the scandal while NBC’s Jimmy Fallon took to mocking Clinton’s long-winded, confusing responses during her press conference as to why she used just one account and one phone.
If this was intended as a defense of discredited NBC Nightly News anchor/fabulist Brian Williams, ex-MSNBC ringleader Keith Olbermann should have bitten his tongue instead.
Appearing on Late Show with David Letterman last night, Olbermann described Williams as a friendly acquaintance of nearly 20 years and scrupulous newsman who takes "personal responsibility" for errors in his newscast, even if someone else makes them.
Bret Baier ended his Thursday show by playing the best items from the Late Show’s “Top Ten Things Joe Biden Said at This Moment” – the moment, a lengthy one, when Biden used both hands to grasp the shoulders of Stephanie Carter, wife of incoming Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, as he leaned in to whisper in her ear during her husband’s Tuesday swearing-in ceremony.
Thursday's Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN spotlighted another set of questionable accounts by Brian Williams regarding a supposed relationship with Navy SEAL Team Six. Williams claimed that he traveled with the unit into Iraq just three days after the 2003 invasion; that SEAL "friends" of his sent him a piece of the wreckage from the helicopter that crashed on the 2011 raid that killed bin Laden; and that a SEAL once sent him his knife. Two guests cast cold water on Williams's claims.
On Tuesday night, David Letterman presented the Top Ten “Things Brian Williams Said that May or May Not Be True.” After reading #2, “I’ve never been to a strip club,” viewers saw video of Williams walking into Flash Dancers, “a gentlemen’s club” across the street from the Ed Sullivan Theater – where the Late Show is produced – on Broadway in New York City.
Late Sunday afternoon, CNN’s Brian Stelter reported the latest information in the ongoing Brian Williams controversy with the news that the NBC Nightly News anchor has cancelled an appearance on CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman after reports initially suggested that he was planning to use it to clear the air and answer the many questions surrounding him.
The cancellation comes a day after Williams issued a statement announcing that he will be removing himself from the anchor desk “for the next several days” after realizing that it had “become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news due to my actions.”
Two videos tonight: First, Weather Channel “reporters had very little trouble filling 24 hours of storm coverage,” FNC’s Bret Baier explained Wednesday night in a setting up a compilation video produced by ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, but “how valuable that reporting is, you decide.” Second, on Monday, Senator Rand Paul told CNBC anchor Kelly Evans to “shush.” On Wednesday night, CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman showed shushing a “celebrity” very deserving of such an admonition.