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Letterman hands O'Reilly his hat


This video went up on YouTube yesterday, Oct. 30, and has already been viewed 1,430,610 times. Why? Because it is incredibly gratifying to see Letterman deflate O'Reilly's bloated ego and rhetoric. My favorite lines:

O'Reilly: Do you want America to win in Iraq or not?
Letterman: [heaves a sigh] First of all ...
O'Reilly: It's an easy question. If you don't America to win in Iraq ...
Letterman: (exasperated) It's not easy for me, because I'm thoughtful.

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Anonymous November 1, 2008 at 10:26 AM  

Actually I think Letterman went easy on him.

He lies about Saddam allowing al Qaeda to operate in No. Iraq. The whole story is an American CIA creation IMO. Story from Time:

But if you believe everything your government tells you and paint anyone who doesn't as "hating America" then it becomes easy to play this kind of game which is what O'Reilly tried to do with Letterman.

I believe ABSOLUTELY NOTHING this government tells me unless I can corroborate from reliable sources, mostly outside the US. And even with Obama it can be no better than 'trust but verify.'

Also, Letterman could have talked about the oil agreement that our government is trying to cram down the throats of the 'independent' Iraqi government which would benefit the private oil concerns who are Bush and Cheney's big buddies. We're even threatening the Iraqis if they don't pass the status of forces agreement which sets the so-called 'independent government of Iraq' up as a vassal state to the USA in perpetuity.

But anyone who suggests that the US spreads democracy around the world at the business end of an M-16 is automatically labeled an "America hater." If we're that stupid as a people than I guess we deserve what we get. I hope for better from the Obama administration.

LilaTovCocktail November 1, 2008 at 7:43 PM  

What can I say? You're absolutely right. There was much more he could have said.

But in a way, Letterman's lack of expertise made him more persuasive, at least to a general audience. If this were a Frank Capra movie, Jimmy Stewart would play Letterman -- he offered that level of sincerity in the face of OReilly's oily rhetoric.

Thanks for your comment.

David H. November 3, 2008 at 11:24 PM  

It's funny... I just finished watching Boston Legal, and just that snippet you transcribed could have been a dialogue between Denny Crane/O'Reilly (William Shatner) and Alan Shore (James Spader).

(I don't want to play the clip right now because everyone is asleep in my house. Shhh!)

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