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Shame, which was in a comatose state for years, died this week.

The audience at the Late Show with David Letterman actually laughed and applauded as Letterman confessed he'd been sleeping with employees through the years and that now one of them and her boyfriend are accused of trying to extort $2 million out of him.

Maybe the audience was confused, as Letterman was sprinkling his confession with jokes. We doubt it. Regardless, the result is the same. Shame is a lifeless corpse today.

Letterman and his fans aren't necessarily the cause of death; they were simply the last ones tugging on the life support.

But how shameless has the late-night comedian been -- giving other public figures all manner of scorn wrapped in shark-toothed smirks, while quietly using his show's staff as a harem, all during a long-term relationship with his now-wife?

It was only this past summer that Letterman -- an unrelenting Sarah Palin critic -- shockingly made sick jokes about Palin's younger daughter being "knocked up" by a New York Yankees player while visiting the city.

If Letterman's confession had come from another public figure, particularly a conservative, he would have devoted his life to giving that person unmitigated grief.

As hypocritical and shameless as Letterman is, his audience's reaction is even more appalling and sad.

And ominous for society.

In a fleeting moment of apparent sincerity, Letterman called his actions "creepy."

"You know what's creepy?" asks one blogger. "Telling a story about having sex with your employees to people who LAUGH and APPLAUD."

Yep. Creepy's a good word.

But why are we surprised? Half the country shrugged and waved off illicit sex a few years ago in the people's Oval Office .

The question is, where can you go from there?

Or better yet, how low can we go from here?

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WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 10/03/09 - 05:31 am
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First, the audience at the

First, the audience at the Letterman show was made up of fans who came to be entertained by a favorite comedian. With his delivery, Letterman can read the proverbial phone book and get a laugh. Second, the single and available Letterman had sex with employees while not sexually harassing them. There were no complaints, or hints of complaints, before some guy came up with an extortion idea. Finally, yes, any employee responding negatively to the advances of the boss, no matter who they are, would find themselves in a very difficult position, as far as employment and advancement goes, just as those around the employee that WAS dating the boss would feel disadvantaged. "Harvesting the Staff" is always bad joo joo, on many levels, but shameful? That perspective is a little too p.c. from my perspective.

Roeschen
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Roeschen 10/03/09 - 06:03 am
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Letterman is creepy. Having

Letterman is creepy. Having sex with your employees is wrong - there are no two ways about it. Especially if there is QUID PRO QUO. However, the morals of the people in this country being what they are, I am sure nobody is shocked. The couple attempting the blackmail will probably go to jail.

concernednative
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concernednative 10/03/09 - 06:36 am
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A rich famous man had

A rich famous man had inappropriate sex with some one what is going on. At least he doesn't pose as some family values moral authority. Add his name to a long list.

dashiel
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dashiel 10/03/09 - 07:26 am
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The only thing mildly

The only thing mildly surprising about this story is that the blackmailer was a producer!

mad_max
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mad_max 10/03/09 - 08:43 am
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He's a liberal. PASS

He's a liberal. PASS

southernguy08
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southernguy08 10/03/09 - 08:54 am
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CONCERNED, a family values
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CONCERNED, a family values moral authority...like John Edwards? By the way, did he ever take that paternity test, or did his army of lawyers manage to delay that...again? MADD MAX, I'd say you should add David Letterman is an idiot liberal, but that would be redundant.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/03/09 - 08:58 am
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After Letterman dies, CBS

After Letterman dies, CBS will prop him up in that chair for about a week while the audience laughs hysterically.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 10/03/09 - 09:01 am
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I think the audience was

I think the audience was waiting for the punch line. They weren't there to hear some serious news, but to hear a joke.

apex24
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apex24 10/03/09 - 09:13 am
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Sarah, here's you chance to

Sarah, here's you chance to drill Letterman!!!!!

that guy
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that guy 10/03/09 - 09:34 am
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First of all, I was watching

First of all, I was watching Letterman that night and couldn't tell if it was a put on or not. He didn't reveal the allegations or whether they were true until the very end. Second, the man isn't a politician or priest, and he's not accused of any crime. He's only been married about six months, meaning it's entirely possible he's never even been unfaithful. Finally, it's beyond ironic that the Chronicle would mourn "Shame" while continuing to repeat the patently false claim that Letterman's A-rod joke was about the younger Palin daughter instead of the legally adult Bristol. I guess it's okay to shamelessly libel someone, as long as they are a left-leaning entertainer and not a right-leaning politician.

MrAlwaysRight
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MrAlwaysRight 10/03/09 - 09:43 am
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Politicians are (and should

Politicians are (and should be) held to a higher level. Entertainers are not "beacons of the public trust". Come to think of it, politicians aren't either. They're supposed to be.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/03/09 - 09:59 am
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ThatGuy, you are wrong. The

ThatGuy, you are wrong. The joke was about Palin and her daughter at the game who was the 14 year old Willow. Bristol wasn't at the game. After Letterman said Sarah Palin had a slutty flight attendant look he said this, and I quote: "One awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game during the seventh inning, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez."

MrAlwaysRight
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MrAlwaysRight 10/03/09 - 10:13 am
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River: facts matter not to a

River: facts matter not to a segment of society. Guess which segment?

justus4
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justus4 10/03/09 - 11:00 am
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"We" knew this long ago...and
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"We" knew this long ago...and those talking high & mighty are also guilty. Thats at the root of the founding of the nation: Dishonesty! ...nothing new here.

strangedaysindeed
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strangedaysindeed 10/03/09 - 11:48 am
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how about some outrage for

how about some outrage for Gov Sanford Augusta Chronicle?

sjgraci
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sjgraci 10/03/09 - 01:10 pm
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Hey chronicle they were

Hey chronicle they were adults. Nobody cares except YOU CONServatives and that is why we laugh hardest at YOU when YOU get caught with YOUR pants down.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/03/09 - 02:40 pm
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Acording to Don Imus who

Acording to Don Imus who recently signed with CBS, you agree not to have sexual relationships with any employee. That sounds plain enough to me.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 10/03/09 - 03:25 pm
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There is JUSTUS with his "I
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There is JUSTUS with his "I hate America" speech. Hey, Jus, why don't you take up residence down in Havanna? According to that icon of intellect, Michael Moore, they've got a great healthcare system. And SJGRACI, I'm a conservative and don't give a dead rat's [filtered word] about gap toothed, idiot David Letterman.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 10/03/09 - 04:28 pm
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justus4 define "we" in your

justus4 define "we" in your statement. Sorry, your definition of "we" doesn't mean everyone you include in it will have the same opinion. If you think "they" do you are prejudiced.

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