Thursday, 20 September 2001 : "daily show?"There's going to be a new Daily Show tonight, the first since the bombing. Laurel says there won't be a guest. In case you miss it, it'll be on again in the morning and tomorrow in the early evening on Comedy Central. I imagine it'll be worth watching.
Last night Letterman had John Miller of ABC News, who has done a very good job whenever I've seen him ... and damned if Miller didn't provide twenty times as much actual information about why bin Laden & co. have sworn to attack us compared to how Dan Rather waved his hands and 'explained' things the other night.
In case you're unaware (like I was until this weekend), Miller is the last Western journalist to have met with Osama bin Laden; here's the article he wrote about that for Esquire in 1999. It's a must-read.
Tonight on Letterman: Walter Cronkite! Plus Will Ferrell and Jewel.
Leno's been disappointingly simplistic about everything, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised by that. Letterman asks people like Rather and Miller probing questions, trying (on his audience's behalf) to understand more. Leno simply declares our unassailable goodness and superiority and waves the flag.
And that's my gross oversimplification for the day.
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