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"Humor is just another defense against the universe."
I am still trying to wrap my mind around the life and conduct of David Letterman. He has always been a bit of an enigma to me. Although I don't watch his show very often, I somehow had the impression that his worldview was shaped by conservative, mid-western values.
But I rather doubt that his mother would be pleased with his embarrassing public confession and apologies. Part of what makes Letterman an enigma to me is the mental whiplash he gave me as he framed his awful behavior with rather tactless and tasteless humor.
What he did is no laughing matter, yet he has obviously marshaled his well-honed craft as a humorist to deflect attention away from his sordid conduct. He began his confession with these words, "I'm glad you folks are here tonight, and I'm glad you're in such a pleasant mood because I have a little story I would like to tell you and the home viewers as well. Do you feel like a story?" (applause/cheers)
And though he laced his words with light-hearted bantering with focus on his alleged extortionist, Robert Joel Halderman, Letterman said, "I was worried for myself; I was worried for my family; I felt menaced by this."
He has worked hard at focusing his public role as a victim though he also admits the personal challenge before him to deal with his relationship with his wife and son. To make matters even worse, this whole situation has sparked a renewed discussion of sex in the workplace as well as the hypocrisy of a media icon, as one reporter said, "who spins philandering politicians and pop stars into comedic gold."
David Letterman wasn't the first public figure, nor will he be the last, to find themselves in the middle of such a self-inflicted mess. But for someone who traffics in humor, it is hard to take anything he says seriously.
Will Durst wrote an essay titled "The School of Scandal" in which he suggested numerous ways for a politician to make "lemonade after being pelted by a bushel of media-chucked lemons." Here are a few:
The University of Valley Forge is a private Christian University located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 35 miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia. UVF offers on its sprawling park-like campus, as well as online, over 50 undergraduate and eight graduate degrees in the Arts, the Sciences and the Professions. The university's mission is to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.
University of Valley Forge is a private Christian University located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 35 miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia. UVF offers on its sprawling park-like campus, as well as online, over 50 undergraduate and eight graduate degrees in the Arts, the Sciences and the Professions. The university's mission is to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.