When it comes to sex scandals, the media has demonstrated once again there’s no starving a cold, only feeding the fever.
David Letterman not only survived his own exposed indiscretions with staffers, but in the two nights since he’s returned to his program after a break, shown that he can leverage his own embarrassment into terribly funny stuff about the flood of allegations regarding Tiger Woods’ serial adultery.
The CBS host, in fact, was in rare form all around on Tuesday — joking about guest Barbara Walters not yet having been linked to Woods, continuing to badmouth Sarah Palin and engaging in an extended bit in which he tried to launch his own Twitter account, which only seemed to make him more grumpy and cranky than usual.
Letterman did express some sympathy toward Woods during the interview with Walters, who rather feebly suggested that the golfer should have gotten in front of the scandal. Given that the whole thing started with a 911 call and a single-car accident, it would be hard for him to go back and anticipate that his Thanksgiving fracas would erupt into the ongoing nightmare it’s surely become.
What Letterman has managed to do, meanwhile — basically use jujitsu, and turn a negative into part of his nightly routine — is indicative of his skills as a broadcaster. Dave is a crank, a weird duck, a dinosaur who doesn’t much care for the Twitter. (He said the whole thing was created, by the way, by Jimmy Fallon.)
Still, as he rattled off Fallon and all the other latenight names that have more Twitter “followers” than he does, it offered a reminder that in the latenight game, he remains in a class pretty much all by himself — even if he doesn’t appear to enjoy, pardon the expression, the Tweet smell of success.
P.S.: Here’s my earlier post on the Woods matter and further proof that Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke is not only a tiresome moral scold but a complete moron, ranting about how “sleaze,” as he puts it, “dominated this year’s sports scene like a black-tasseled whip.” Every time I read that Plaschke has won another sportswriting award, it makes me think I went into the wrong sub-profession.