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This is everywhere, but in case you haven’t seen it, check this out:
David Letterman had Bill O’Reilly on his show the other day. Their exchange was as good as the recent one on the Daily Show. I’ve never seen Letterman this way, and he was even more blatant in his distaste than Stewart was.
Letterman really got mad when O’Reilly badmouthed Cindy Sheehan. Now, even though O’Reilly is doing it for the wrong reasons there is a real debatable issue going on there. I disagree completely, but it should at least be debatable whether it’s “distasteful” to badmouth a sitting president during a war. Where O’Reilly and his ilk go wrong is they associate that distastefulness with being “unamerican,” even likening them to terrorists. The hypocracy of this is unbelievable: you’re in a war trying to “spread freedom” yet you’re saying it’s bad to be free to say whatever you want back at home? Come on. The dividing line of what’s acceptable to say in public in a democracy can be likened to tastefulness, but saying what’s on your mind should never be “unamerican.” That’s supposedly a strongly-held American value.