Greenfield: Good Riddance to Letterman

David Letterman’s departure isn’t the end of an era. The era of late night talk shows ended a while back.

In Johnny Carson’s final week in the nineties, he played to an audience of twenty million. Lately, Letterman has been lucky to get 2 million. His final shows have played to around 5 million viewers…

…The Late Show isn’t a beloved American institution. It was created by Letterman’s inflated sense of entitlement. It failed in its purpose, as Letterman lost to Leno, and it won’t outlive Letterman by long.

The tributes to Letterman carry heavy doses of media self-importance and self-pity. And these days the two are one and the same. The media isn’t really nostalgic for Letterman’s smarmy laugh; it’s mourning the loss of a time when limited options maintained captive audiences for every fellow media dork awarded a big three network microphone and its incredible power of nationwide prime time airtime…

  • Martin B

    After circling the bowl for years this turd has finally been flushed, that’s good enough for me.

    • Frau Katze

      I never found interesting in the slightest.

      • truthdareisay

        I found him dryer than clay..

  • G

    “…carry heavy doses of media self-importance and self-pity.”

    Self importance is the media’s defining characteristic.

    How often have you heard the words “award winning journalist”? I’ve heard it so often that I wonder if there are any *NON*- award winning journalists.

    How many award shows are there for music, television and movies? can you count them all?

    It’s not enough that these shits in the entertainment and news media are famous, they have to spend a great deal of time patting themselves on the back.

    Bye Dave, glad you’re gone. Wow, your show finally made me smile”.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      The media also offer us “the exclusive weather report.”

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      What do you think the Oscars are?
      A general manager of a hotel I used to work at dreamed up a new category of awards for his industry.
      Complete with an awards ceremony and press coverage.
      The employees I worked with bought in to those bogus awards because they got to go to a banquet for a free meal and a worthless award if they won.
      It had nothing to do with how good they were at their jobs and everything to do with the horse trading the general managers did to get their properties name out front.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Can I stop waiting for that show to be funny now?

  • Waffle

    I miss Jay.