The David Letterman saga/scandal/distraction from the important things in the world continues.
Dave apologized on the air to his wife, Regina Lasko, saying of his relationship with her, “Let me tell you folks, I got my work cut out for me.” The New York Post is reporting that Stephanie Birkitt was cheating on Robert “Joe” Halderman with her boss — David Letterman. Halderman’s lawyer, Gerard Shargel, says that Dave is not telling the “whole story,” which to me sounds like the people who said that we’d seen the entire Rodney King tape, we would feel differently about about that incident. (To paraphrase comedian Bill Maher, is there a part on the tape where the cops are buying him dinner?) Note: I don’t know anything about this case and have no idea if Halderman is guilty or innocent. But it certainly doesn’t look good to my eyes. Here is video of Shargel defending his client.
If you want to get freaked out, read this story form the New York Times this past Sunday. Stephanie Smith, a 22 year old former dance instructor, ate a burger infected with E. coli and is now paralyzed from the waist down. To be clear — she is paralyzed because she ate a hamburger. The burger had, shall we say, poop in it. I haven’t eaten meat at McDonald’s or any other fast food place since reading the book ‘Fast Food Nation‘ by Eric Schlosser. My reason is the same — too many stories in there about doodie getting into the beef due to less than stellar manufacturing practices. This story reminds me that it’s not only Mickey D’s meat that can cause problems. I don’t know if organic beef has the same potential pitfalls as mass produced stuff, but I’m going to give some serious thought to giving up beef (again).
And now — Nintendo Wii Fit for Dogs. No. Really.
The Pakistani Taliban are claiming credit for a suicide bombing at the UN’s World Food Program headquarters in Islamabad.
Finally, the FTC has announced new disclosure rules for bloggers, who now must disclose if they are paid by the people whose products they write about. The penalty is an $11,000 fine, which if you know what bloggers get paid, is pretty damn steep. What seems odd is that “free merchandise counts as compensation,” according to PCWorld.com. Why is that odd? Because print reviewers aren’t bound by the same rules as far as I know. Do I need to say whether or not I saw a movie for free if I write a review? It sounds like I do, which doesn’t make any sense.
For the record, I received no free stuff in exchange for writing Morning News today. Not that I would turn it down, of course.