How would David Letterman handle late-night politics today?

The now-retired trailblazer of late-night comedy shares how he'd handle current events on television.
2:23 | 05/31/19

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And I. Yes mr. Letterman we had Jay Leno on recently on the show and he told us he'd done it this late night at all because he thinks it's too politically once guided. And he preferred it back when you could quote humiliate both sides equally. You agree with them. Well I I catalyst for myself. Eight who would do that kind of show Jay would like to do and I feel like if with things going on current events seeming what they are not seeming actually being what they are I would have to console would be on the attack and I what I would be fatigued. But I would constantly be going that the easiest target because that makes your job. Much easier now does the great thing about doing it that way it is easy keep attacking people and attacking people you get folks from the other side rarely. To come on and and then you can go added head to head. I I'm not sure how I would be able to do make fun of both I know that historic live to a Johnny did Johnny Carson. He would split right down the middle. But thing let's say for days yet but things are so fraught. Now that it's it's hard to and I think people of them pretty well going after. One side. But then I understand how that also could alienate part of the audience so yeah I agree with what you're is saying but for me I don't think I could operate that way. Let me just a question for me as a conservative woman going on a late night show is really no different than going on MSNBC anymore so if you had like the conservative women online. Would you treated Anna more serious political Tallinn. Metro had tried to yeah because if the person had demonstrated. Encourages the wrong word wouldn't talk about going on the late night TV show but if there is a difference in ideology. I would respect a person. And there might be a tussle. But still. Like with your father in this is this is pre. Vigorous. Divisional days in politics well that that doesn't accidentally hit on plan or program going to say before I. Well attacked he came on and and we could go at each other we wanted to have. And I think that's that's a pretty holds very collegial when he came on plays a collegial guy forgot since he's left was really his deal. And if if you didn't. Recognized what this man's life had been good and bad. Here here was a guy that prove that he was solved.

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