For Late-Night Hosts, a Struggle to Confront the News

From The New York Times:

The school shooting in Newtown, Conn., made for an awkward subject for the usually topical comedy of late-night television, but two hosts did try to engage the subject Monday night, though not in any way that resembled their conventional approach to commenting on the news.

David Letterman spent more time on the subject, over six minutes, expressing his own concerns as the parent of a young boy he occasionally brings to school. “What? Are we supposed to be worried about dropping our kids off at school now?” Mr. Letterman said. “I never worried about it before; I always thought, well, school is a good place where my son will be free of the idiot decisions made by his father.”

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