Wednesday, November 17, 2010

When Do You Draw The Line?

Angie here: David Letterman, I'm fed up with you! You crossed my line!

Television is an invasive medium. But like a vampire, it has to be invited in. We see how Bristol Palin inspires us to try harder and we see when fame takes a person like David Letterman off the charts in behavior I never want to see repeated by anyone. But as viewers, we are very powerful. We can choose to reward or not reward by tuning it out. We can choose to keep the vampires out and not invite them across our threshholds.

Last week I watched a few of the interviews with President Bush about his new book. I was impressed with his integrity. The way he spoke of his own mistakes and decisions to change into a better person showed us we can all make better choices. But he never blamed anyone else. He didn't back down when asked hard questions. He never speaks poorly of the current president. His thoughts are always to uplift and protect our country.

Not so with David Letterman. The outtakes from President Bush's interviews were melded together into not only a disgusting portrayal but also a degrading moment for our country. Really Mr. Letterman? That's what you want to show the world about our presidents? That's how you want the world to see Americans? How small you are.

President Bush, I'd love to read your book. I'd love to understand more how and why some of the choices and situations happened. I didn't understand like many others. But I can't imagine being in the position of leading and protecting our country. I didn't sit in your chair or have to make the choices you were faced with every day. Thank you for serving. Thank you for respecting the man who serves now.

Mr. Letterman, you are a vampire and you are no longer welcome in my home. I think you've forgotten you need viewers to have a job. I'm no longer a viewer. It's fine to disagree with him. It's fine to not like him. It's even fine to say so. That's your choice. But the gross display of degrading President Bush was wrong. Somewhere along the life of fame you lead, Mr. Letterman, you've lost your human decency. The poor judgement shown in your recent display of disrespect I wouldn't want to see that happen to a single human being. You've put that display out into international air waves and further degraded Americans. I don't find you respectful of the United States of America or of the people who you serve through your television show.

I am exercising my voice today. I'm exercising my choice. I choose to turn off David Letterman and keep dignity and respect in my home, especially respect for my country and those who lead it.

What line on television or by a famous person has been crossed for you lately?
What are you doing about that?


  1. I'm with you, Angie! I stopped watching many of the nighttime shows a long time ago. Also, daytime shows that promote their own self-serving agendas were marked off my list as well. If more Americans would make that choice then current tv shows would show more morality in their content.

  2. I'm with you, Angie! I stopped watching many of the nighttime shows a long time ago. Also, daytime shows that promote their own self-serving agendas were marked off my list as well. If more Americans would make that choice then current tv shows would show more morality in their content.

  3. I recently quit watching a certain reality show where a certain chef always screams and yells and cusses. I don't know why I watched it as many seasons as I did. I guess mainly to watch one lucky chef accomplish his/her dream. But one night this season, I just decided I didn't need to watch all that raging. It was stressing me while I watched! So I deleted the DVR timer and haven't watched since.

  4. Ang,
    There are some shows with content that is too crazy to watch. My last Letterman viewing he was pressuring Paris Hilton (no, I'm not a fan, but still I felt bad for her) into talking about her fight with Nicole Ritchie. May seem petty, I know, but he wouldn't back down when she clearly didn't want to talk about it.
    I didn't think much of him after that.
    I think whether you agree or disagree the President of the United States, current and past, reserve respect. I'm sorry that he felt the need to do that.
    I have begun to wonder if I'm getting weird. On the CMA's last week they did a song about Tiger Woods and his infidelity. I thought that was in poor taste.

  5. I gave up talk shows a long time ago--so I'm exercising my right. In fact, I watch so little TV that I wouldn't care if we had no TV. I rent, buy, or stream the movies I want to see when I'm in the mood to watch TV. The only two shows I watch are House and Lie to Me. Some of those shows are a bit much at times. But I'm down to 2 hours per week unless I watch a Disney show with Celina.

  6. Jenn, House and Lie to Me are two that I watch as well. I DVR everything and watch when I can. That way I can skip commercials, too.

    One of the very best new ones this season for us is The Good Guys. It's hilarious.

  7. I don't watch tv hardly at all. If I do, its usually some documentary, history channel, something worthwhile and informative. It's a waste of time otherwise.

    However, I did catch the CMA's last week. Like Lindi, I kind of thought the hosts pattern of jokes was a bit much. Why make fun of anyone's infidelity? I guess they couldn't think of other things to talk about. I kind of let the comment breeze past me... we filter what is on our TV because of the kids... but I think its wise to filter what you watch at every age. There is too much out there. People hold nothing back and that is a problem these days. Nothing is discreet anymore...

  8. I'm so not impressed with the talk shows anymore. I love radio talk shows like Focus on the Family, Family Life, and shows that actually add value to my life through great ideas and relationship advice. I'm enjoying the blogtalk radio shows too now. I'll put one on when I'm cleaning my office now and then. I want to do it more but have to get more familiar with the programming.

  9. Hi Angela:

    According to Nielsen, on a good night, David Letterman has 3,800,000 viewers. That’s not households. That’s total viewers. There are over 300,000,000 people in America. Letterman only has a little over 1% of all Americans watching. That’s a good thing!

    I stopped watching Letterman for good when he made the remark about Palin’s 13 year old daughter getting ‘knocked-up” by a Yankee player when she and her mother went to a Yankee game. Letterman is mean-spirited, he uses humor to hurt people, and he is particularly nasty in his personal life. It’s just too bad that having 1% of Americans viewing your show is enough to keep you on the air!


  10. Hi Vince,

    Ew! I can't believe anyone would do that to a child! But wait... David Letterman obviously would. You're right, he's just mean. Mean isn't funny. It's just mean.

    Last night we watched Jay Leno do an interview with President Bush. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. All was done in good fun and the president had my husband and I hooting! He was hilarious!

    So credit where credit is due: Jay Leno 5 stars for that interview. David Letterman...sorry, you can't even get on the chart.