Ed Driscoll

Stupid Human Tricks

Speaking of blog commenters defending Hollywood philanderer, found in the comments to one of my recent posts on David Letterman was this, from Paul at “[email protected]”:

Letterman is fine; he never was the “Family Values” type. Yes, he probably cheated on his girlfriend now wife. But at least he does go around claiming he is Mr. “Family Values” like some of our politicians (can you just see the grin on all “Fake News” reporters/commentators). This has been a tough summer, for Dave, for our economy but at least he did not end up on the “Republican 2009 Summer of Love” list: Assemblyman, Michael D. Duvall (CA), Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Board of Ed Chair, and Kristin Maguire AKA Bridget Keeney (SC).

Then I noticed the same comment under a Letterman post on Kyle Smith’s blog. As Jim Treacher responded, “I think what Paul is saying is that you can’t be a hypocrite if you don’t have any standards.”

A quick search of Google finds the same comment from “Paul” at numerous other blogs and Websites; which seems fair, he’s taken to posting his tu quoques worldwide to defend the problems emanating from Dave’s Worldwide Pants.

Similar to the early days of RatherGate, CBS is in major damage control mode, scrubbing Dave’s video confession from YouTube*. (You can still watch it here; I’ve downloaded a copy in case it completely vanishes from the Web.)

As with RatherGate, CBS’s heavy-handed efforts will likely backfire, as more and people go in search of this samizdat video.

And I can’t help but wonder, Is Paul part of CBS’s efforts, or merely offering freelance assistance? (Likely the latter, but the ubiquity of the cut-and-paste response is certainly curious.)

* And yes, the Times has been doing plenty of their own airbrushing of late as well.

Update: “Paul” spams our blog and others yet again with another defense of Letterman.