David Letterman Responds to Al Qaeda Death Threat

Aug 23, 2011  •  Post A Comment

After receiving a death threat from a message board used by Al Qaeda, late-night host David Letterman responded Monday by poking fun of it in his "Top 10" list and monologue, reports Bill Carter in The New York Times’ Media Decoder blog.

The Top 10 list, “Top 10 things that went through my mind after I heard about the threat," included jokes such as:

Number 8: “Why is the staff in such a good mood?”

Number 4: “How can someone be so angry at a time when Kim Kardashian is so happy?”

Number 3: “Some people get Emmy nominations; some people get death threats.”

During his monologue, Letterman also made several jokes, such as: “I have a fatwa on me. And they say the guy that issued the fatwa is an Internet jihadist. Internet jihadist, and I said, ‘Well, heck, who says Obama isn’t creating jobs?’"

And: “State Department authorities are looking into this. They’re not taking this lightly. They’re looking into it. They’re questioning, they’re interrogating, there’s an electronic trail — but everybody knows it’s Leno.”


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