#1 Letterman Continues Toddler-Style Ranting Over McCain No-Show.09-26-2008, 12:00 PMLetterman keeps up McCain tirade
NEW YORK (AP) -- David Letterman kept up his verbal assault on John McCain, commiserating with Paris Hilton and saying he felt like an "ugly date" because the GOP presidential candidate backed out of an appearance on the "Late Show."
David Letterman described Paris Hilton as John McCain's first choice for a running mate.
The late-night CBS comedian was upset Wednesday when McCain canceled an appearance to deal with the economic crisis.
After backing out of the Letterman show, McCain sat for an interview with Katie Couric, then didn't leave New York until Thursday, further angering Letterman.
At first, Letterman said, he felt like a "patriot" to let McCain off.
"Now I'm feeling like an ugly date," Letterman said. "I feel used. I feel cheap. I feel sullied."
McCain spokeswoman Nicolle Wallace said the campaign "felt this wasn't a night for comedy."
"We deeply regret offending Mr. Letterman, but our candidate's priority at this moment is to focus on this crisis," Wallace said Thursday on NBC's "Today."
Later Thursday, Letterman banged away at McCain in his opening monologue.
"You're here on a good night," he told the audience. "So far none of our guests have canceled."
He talked about daredevil David Blaine's feat of hanging upside-down in New York's Central Park for 60 hours.
"They just left the guy hanging there," he said. "It's the same thing McCain did to me last night."
He described Hilton -- Thursday's guest whose celebrity was once used in a McCain campaign ad to mock Democrat Barack Obama -- as McCain's first choice for a running mate.
"Here's how it works: You don't come to see me? You don't come to see me? Well, we might not see you on Inauguration Day," Letterman said.
09-26-2008, 12:10 PM
4.7 million viewers and five Emmys in a row - doubt he cares.At Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
09-26-2008, 12:16 PM
Nightline Beats Letterman Last Week and For Q3
Now we know why David Letterman really wanted John McCain on his show last night. ABC just announced that Nightline beat Letterman again last week and it also topped the Late Show in Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo for the third quarter.
It's the first time in nine years Nightline has outperformed CBS in the demo for the quarter. Nightline comes in second, behind the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
For the week of September 15, Nightline outperformed Letterman by 470,000 Total Viewers and by 170,000 A25-54 viewers. It was the fourth straight week Nightline has beaten Letterman.
For the third quarter, 2008:
Show Network A25-54 Total Viewers
Tonight Show NBC 1.97M 4.63M
Nightline ABC 1.41M 3.06M
Late Show CBS 1.30M 2.94M
09-26-2008, 03:42 PMOriginally Posted by LibraryLady
09-26-2008, 12:23 PM"Today, [the American voter] chooses his rulers as he buys bootleg whiskey, never knowing precisely what he is getting, only certain that it is not what it pretends to be." - H.L. Mencken
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