Normally the idea of a male boss having sexual relations with his staffers would not only be kind of sick, but svengali and pretty troublesome. But when it comes to David Letterman, not only does the liberal media give him a pass, but his fans adore him even more:
The president of a media watchdog organization is sounding off about the recent scandal involving talk-show host David Letterman.
Last week, Letterman -- host of the long-running Late Show on CBS -- admitted on the air that he had had sexual relations with a number of female staffers. The admission was made in response to an alleged multimillion-dollar extortion attempt by a CBS news producer, who was arrested earlier that afternoon.
Most of the media coverage has centered on the extortion plot, with little on the illicit affairs. Bob Peters, president of Morality in Media, says there seems to be a double standard when it comes to the entertainment industry and inappropriate relationships.
"More than one high-profile CEO has lost his job because of having sex with a subordinate. [And] in many corporations there are rules against such things," he points out.
"But in the entertainment media -- whether it's having sex with an adult subordinate or a 13-year-old girl [a reference to fugitive film director Roman Polanski] -- it's pretty much okay with the industry," says Peters. "And it's okay with what I would describe as morally blinded fans," he adds.
Peters says the media coverage is a reflection of the state of the nation, which seems to be more interested in an extortion plot than multiple affairs involving a well-known comedian.