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Monday, December 09, 2019

Late Night Roundup: Getting Your Story Right On Iraq

The Daily Show took a look at the massive media frenzy surrounding the Brian Williams controversy — and that at least somebody is finally being held accountable for lying about the Iraq War.

Jimmy Kimmel hosted another expert on journalism, who actually spoke sympathetically about Brian Williams and the flaws of an embellished memory: Bill O’Reilly. Hmm, maybe this isn’t such a good idea.

Conan O’Brien lambasted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson for planning a new late night show on the National Geographic channel — and Tyson himself showed up to steal away both co-hosts Andy Richter and the Moon away from Conan.

David Letterman hosted NBA commissioner Adam Silver, and discussed last year’s racial controversies surrounding former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, and other political challenges that have faced the league since.

With the movie of Fifty Shades of Grey about to come out, the good folks at Late Night with Seth Meyers had men on the street in New York read excerpts of the book out loud. (Note: Most definitely not safe for work!!!)

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Tape of home invasion attack on Nancy Pelosi's husband Paul Pelosi

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Video released Friday of the harrowing home invasion and assault that nearly killed then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband in October brought little in the way of self-reflection or regret from far-right Internet trolls and Fox News stars who spent months baselessly insisting that the attack had actually resulted from a gay tryst gone wrong. Instead, the denizens of the right-wing conspiracy theory ecosystem either claimed that the new evidence proved that they were right all along, or used it to float additional conspiracy theories about why it hadn’t been released earlier.

The key facts were available within hours of the October 28, 2022, attack. Law enforcement swiftly alleged that David DePape broke into the Democratic leader’s home in the middle of the night seeking to harm her and pummeled her 82-year-old husband Paul, sending him to the hospital for emergency surgery. Journalists who reviewed DePape’s Internet history subsequently revealed that he had been radicalized online and espoused a wide array of right-wing conspiracy theories, including QAnon.

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