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

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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.