David Letterman, media critic: The New York Times and 'douche'

Why does David Letterman remain the guy you want to see first on any random night? Because when he goes over to his desk after the monologue, you never know what’s going emerge from what’s stuck in Dave’s craw that evening.

Last night’s spontaneous combustion occurred over a story that had me scratching my head over this past Saturday: The New York Times’ front page story on the increasing use of the word “douche” on TV. I was so glad to see it struck someone else as an odd, irrelevant, off-key piece of investigative journalism. Plus, the stuff in this clip below about Khalid Shaikh Mohammed’s shifting personality in photographs was a choice bit of deconstructing media images:

“Who knew The New York Times had enough money to pay a guy to count the word ‘douche’?”

Exactly. Journalism students, this is how to read a newspaper.


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  • Tom Strong

    Apparently, Ken Tucker doesn’t see his own odd, irrelevant, off-key writing as just that.

  • alex

    yet you not only cared enough to read, and post the first message.

    ya tom, we’re all impressed by how badass you are.

    sad little troll, go have your fun.

  • Greyshirt

    Tom, Ken Tucker writes for an entertainment site. He’s is SUPPOSED to write about entertainment. The New York Times is the New York Times, and their front page story is about the word “douche” on TV. You can’t look past your own weak snark to see the disconnect?

  • John

    I would fact check that New York Times article, wouldn’t be the first time they completely made up an article.

    • David D

      And what would? Documentation, please.

      • John

        April 19, 2003 piece “In Military Wards, Questions and Fears From the Wounded”

        April 7, 2003 piece “For One Pastor, the War Hits Home”

        April 3, 2003 piece “Rescue in Iraq and a ‘Big Stir’ in West Virginia”

        March 27, 2003 piece “Relatives of Missing Soldiers Dread Hearing Worse News”

        March 3, 2003 piece “Making Sniper Suspect Talk Puts Detective in Spotlight”

        February 10, 2003 piece “Peace and Answers Eluding Victims of the Sniper Attacks”

        January 2, 2003 piece “Execution Opponent Joins Sniper Case”

        October 30, 2002 piece “US Sniper Case Seen as a Barrier to a Confession”

        The Times reported on Blair’s journalistic misdeeds in an unprecedented 7,239-word front-page story that ran on May 11, 2003, headlined “Times Reporter Who Resigned Leaves Long Trail of Deception.” The story called the Blair scandal “a low point in the 152-year history of the newspaper.”

  • Pat

    I’m surprised Dave didn’t mention his buddy Craig Ferguson who probably says “douche bag” more than anyone else on tv…………

    • David D

      I believe that Paul Shaffer was a featured player on SNL when they did “Lord and Lady Douchebag” THIRTY YEARS AGO!!!

  • chris

    Shouldn’t it be, “what’s going to emerge,” instead of just going emerge?

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