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.
On Wednesday night, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams apologized for falsely claiming to have been shot down over Iraq in 2003 but failed to inform his viewers that he had repeatedly promoted this lie in the past, including during an appearance on CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman on March 26. 2013. Williams proclaimed that while in Iraq “two of our four helicopters were hit by ground fire including the one I was in. RPG and AK-47s.”
On Monday night, Nicolle Wallace, former Communications Director for President George W. Bush and senior advisor for the McCain-Palin campaign, appeared on CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman and proved once and for all that she loves to criticize Sarah Palin. During her discussion with the liberal comic, Wallace mocked Palin’s intelligence and insisted that she “gave a speech this weekend in Iowa where again on full display were all the gaps in her knowledge and that’s what became obvious not just to the public but to us, and that was sort of chilling.”
David Letterman couldn't resist taking a jab at the Catholic Church on Monday's Late Show on CBS. Letterman highlighted how Pope Francis recently appointed forty bishops to be cardinals, and noted how the pontiff personally calls each of the new designees. The host jokingly claimed to have video of one of the clerics receiving the phone call. He then played the much-hyped footage of former NFL player Michael Sam receiving word that he had been drafted, and then tearfully kissing his boyfriend.
David Letterman’s impending May retirement meant two holiday traditions came to an end on Friday’s Late Show: the last time Darlene Love would sing “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” and the final time actor/radio host Jay Thomas would recite what Letterman calls “the greatest talk show story of all time.” Since the mid-1990s, on Letterman’s last show before Christmas, Thomas has been telling the story of what happened in the early 1970s when he was a local radio DJ in Charlotte and broadcast, with the “Lone Ranger,” from a car dealership.
On Tuesday, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced that he was exploring the possibility of running for president in 2016 and predictably CBS Late Show host David Letterman had a field day with the Republican’s announcement. During his Tuesday evening show, the CBS comedian announced the “questions Jeb Bush is asking himself while actively exploring a run for president.” Unsurprisingly, Letterman’s 10 “questions” were merely liberal attacks on Bush such as “Am I sure I won’t embarrass the family?” and “If I run who will rig the election in Florida?”
From Friday’s Late Show with David Letterman, a compilation of clips from President Obama’s post-election press conference on Wednesday which the CBS show titled “Barack Obama: President of Details.” You’ll hear Obama’s repeated, not so specific, references to “stuff” and “things.”
On Friday night, liberal late night host David Letterman mocked President Obama over is handling of ISIS. The CBS comedian joked “the administration now has a name for the war against ISIS. Have you heard the name?" The CBS host continued by pointing out that "every military operation has to have a name so people can get behind it and they now have a name for the war against ISIS: “Operation Hillary's Problem.’”