Wow! The previously apolitical Letterman sharpened his critical sword after his 2000 quintuple bypass. That brush with death, along with the extraordinary outpouring of love and support from virtually the entire media spectrum, seemed to have lent him a new fearless streak. For instance, shortly after his post-surgery return, he had a startlingly fierce toss-off line about George W. Bush's upcoming appearing on Leno: "Oh yeah, there's a real summit of the minds."
I don't watch Letterman very often anymore, so I was pleasantly thrilled by this clip from yesterday's show, in which he opens a can o' whupass on Fox mega-creep Bill O'Reilly. Letterman really strips away O'Reilly's bullshit on such issues as the alleged "liberal war on Christmas" and the war in Iraq. He seems especially angry when O'Reilly tries to claim that bereaved mother Cindy Sheehan is controlled by far left elements. Letterman: "I'm very concerned about people like yourself who don't have nothing but endless sympathy for a woman like Cindy Sheehan. Honest to Christ."
It's lovely to see O'Reilly squirm, especially when Dave delivers the the coup de grace, after a particulary caustic exchange: "Bill, it's always a pleasure," followed by his hand extended for a shake. Translation: "Thanks for coming on the show. Now get the fuck out of my studio."
Thanks - again -- to Salon for the link.