The old David Letterman is back. Unlike all the other talking heads on talk television, he’s begun to actually speak his mind again, like he did early in his career. We started watching him again a couple of years ago and he just keeps getting better. Last night, he told Bill O’Reilly that “about 60 percent of what you say is crap.” Watch the Windows video here. Quicktime video here. O’Reilly was clearly fazed. And read some highlights below [via Newsbusters]. Go Dave!
Letterman: ‚”How can you possibly take exception with the motivation and the position of someone like Cindy Sheehan?”
O’Reilly: ‚”Because I think she’s run by far-left elements in this country. I feel bad for the woman.”
Letterman: ‚”Have you lost family members in armed conflict?”
O’Reilly: ‚”No, I have not.”
Letterman: “Well, then you can hardly speak for her, can you?”
Letterman: “Yeah, but I think there’s something, this fair and balanced. I’m not sure that it’s, I don’t think that you represent an objective viewpoint.”
Letterman: ‚”[w]hy are we there [Iraq] in the first place? [applause] The President himself, less than a month ago said we are there because of a mistake made in intelligence. Well, whose intelligence? It was just somebody just get off a bus and handed it to him?… I agree with you that we have to support the troops… However, however, that does not eliminate the legitimate speculation and concern and questioning of ‘Why the Hell are we there to begin with?’”