My respect for David Letterman

Eddie Kilroy

As a college student, there are so many sources to draw the news from. It’s difficult to determine who in the media we should credit to for really talking about the issues.

Some talk show hosts, like Bill O’Reilly, use their abrupt styles to impose their views on other people, whether they wish to instigate an argument or not. Others, like John Stewart, use their comedic influence to translate what is going on in the real world to the public in general terms.

And then there are the few like David Letterman. Not to say he is a saint, but truly a living legend for his work recently.

Letterman’s smooth-talking style that packed a punch to the audience has led him to become one of the most beloved television icons in recent years. Whether it was the interview with President Barack Obama, the memorable drunk interview with Joaquin Phoenix or the famous bashing of the Palin Family on live television, Letterman steps up to the plate with confidence and delivers an awesome show to the viewing public.

Now, with recent troubles, people seem to believe that his image is compromised through the sex scandal he was involved in.

Not to say that what he did was right, because adultery is wrong, but I still have much respect for him being both a fan and just an everyday observer. During broadcasts last week and this week of “The Late Show,” Letterman took time out of his show to describe the entire scandal that had occurred in the time he was working with the show. He revealed he had relations with female employees on the set and deeply apologized to them, his fans, and his wife for his actions. He also described how the man blackmailing him asked for two million dollars, but was then jailed for his actions.

What struck me the most out of this string of events was that his wife had said she still loved and supported her husband.

Some reporters and experts on CNBC and MSNBC said his reputation with the public is over because of this scandal. They were appalled by his actions and are shocked that NBC let him keep his job. They couldn’t be more wrong.

Dignity, in my eyes, is created through the bravery of your own actions, whether the consequences may be good or bad. The fact is, when Letterman felt the heat, he made the right decision to confront the issue to the public and to his wife. Instead of bending under the pressure of the blackmail, he stood up in front of a national audience and said he had an issue to work out. That to me takes more bravery than any other person to fess up to his own mistakes.

And so, in honor of Letterman for his bravery and his continuance in broadcasting success, here is the Top-10 thoughts Letterman’s wife had before the scandal broke out:

10. Why does your breath smell like coffee and humor?

9. Since when do you like to do it on top? You haven’t been on top in years.

8. So how was the after after after party?

7. Can you explain the lipstick on your cue card?

6. Another producers meeting? What’s next? A slumber party?

5. Haven’t you gone to dinner with Paul Shaffer four times this week?

4. Why did we role play “the boss and coworker” on our anniversary?

3. How come you hide me in the curtains when you see your female employees?

2. I heard you’ve been talking to Bill Clinton lately. Why’s that?

And the number one thought Letterman’s wife had before the scandal broke out:

What did you spend $2,000,000 dollars on? More suits and ties?

Eddie Kilroy is a sophomore communications studies major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at [email protected].