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October 29, 2006

Letterman v. O'Reilly — Round Two Media

This is awesome. Bill O'Reilly gets pummelled by Dave Letterman. Video at Crooks and Liars. The usual blowhard condescension from O'Reilly, but Dave's having none of it. Not to be missed.

Sample Letterman lines:

I didn't say we're a bad country, I didn't say Bush is an evil liar. You’re putting words in my mouth. Just the way you put artificial facts in your head.


You raise some points, but the truth of it is, a reasonable person can't believe what you're saying.

Go watch. It'll brighten your day.

[Thanks, Paul]

Posted by Jonathan at October 29, 2006 02:25 PM  del.icio.us digg NewsVine Reddit YahooMyWeb


Didn't brighten my day at all. I was not impressed by Dave's response to the question about "Do you want us to win in Iraq?", and I'm a fan of his. The answer to O'Leilly's question is easy: We cannot win in Iraq (ie. we have already lost), so it's pointless to try to answer the question. All enpoints lead to a loss...come out now and the world rejoices at our abject failure, come out later after many more GI deaths and the birth of thousands of new terrorists and the waste of another half trillion dollars, and our morale and spirit will be sapped as after the Vietnam war. We have lost, and that's the answer Dave should have given. Of course, he is concerned about his ratings...without growing ratings Dave will also fail. So he was asked an unanswerable question. He was tricked by a clown on prime time television, and he knows it. I'm sure he will plot his revenge.

Posted by: Dilbert at October 29, 2006 08:59 PM

Bill followed the question "Do you want us to win in Iraq?" by saying "It's easy." I liked Dave's comeback, "It's not easy for me because I'm thoughtful."

So long as there's oil to be had in the region Dilbert is right, the war is not winnable. A famous quote: "An error does not become a mistake unless we refuse to correct it." We could save a lot of face if we had real men in charge that could admit to errors and then work to correct them. We'd still loose the war, but we'd take a lot of sting out of it.

Posted by: Jeff at October 29, 2006 11:13 PM