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David Letterman Revealing Extortion Attempt on 10/1/09 - CBS

David Letterman has balls of steel.

He disclosed an unflattering $2 million extortion attempt against him and he didn’t have to. CBS says the instigator was a 48 Hours employee and TMZ figured out the guy’s name.

Early yesterday Letterman testified before a grand jury. If you were not aware, grand jury proceedings are secret: no jurors are allowed to disclose what is said in them. Only the witness is allowed to speak about his/her testimony out of court, if they choose to. Letterman did not have to go on network television and talk all about this: the full details would not necessarily have come out, as I understand it.

Rather, Dave had the dignity to come before everyone and tell it straight. He said something that above all stood out to me and distinguished himself. “The creepy stuff was that I have had sex with women who work for me on this show,” he admitted. He didn’t avoid the bad, unbecoming part or euphemize by saying “I was intimate with women” instead. He was blunt, uneasy, and contrite.

Media personalities have constituents, trustworthiness, and favorability ratings to maintain, just like politicians. So, like your Sanfords and Spitzers this is no small thing, but Dave will weather it. Read the rest of this entry »