1/05/2008

Letterman Clip: "AMPTP: Cowards, Cutthroats and Weasels"

Enjoy.

27 comments:

WolfRolf said...

Gotta love Letterman!

David G. said...

priceless... David G... WGA member

Michael Robinson said...

When did he grow a beard? He looks like Sigmund Freud. :P

intrigued said...

THAT SHIT WAS FUNNY!!!!

Now that was good writing. The clip was funny as hell and Letterman did a great job setting it up.

rubberpoultry said...

Holy cow, that was awesome! David Letterman is awesome for what he's done, and I think little things like this help educate the public on what's going on with this strike.

You've gotta know CBS is pissed as hell at him for the deal, and then publicly supporting the WGA with bits like this, the dancers and top 10.

I've always been a fan of Dave, but I don't always watch him. I'm going to be intentional about tuning in as often as possible, as well as encouraging my friends to do the same.

Keep up the fight!

-Rubberpoultry
Fan

Megan said...

Satire for the win! That was fabulous.

Makawao said...

Cutting the penny in half was unexpected, and funny.

However, if writers don't like the pay and/or benefits of being a writer, get another job. Unions are unethical because the employees accept a certain package when they are hired that magically become unacceptable because their union masters say so.

I rarely watched late night shows before, but Leno is my show now.

Simple Mindz said...

I saw that. It was really funny! I really have a new respect for Letterman. I never really got into his show before, or really cared much for what he said. With all that I have learned over these past few months, he is a really good guy!

Ethan said...

I love that man. That is all.

Captain Obvious said...

[[ and the WGA continues to tighten the screws on Big Media ... ]]

T.L. said...

A+++, Dave!

Crestmere said...

Viva la dave

Shanna said...

However, if writers don't like the pay and/or benefits of being a writer, get another job. Unions are unethical because the employees accept a certain package when they are hired that magically become unacceptable because their union masters say so.

That has to be the dumbest comment I've ever read. Yes, employees accept a contract but if the entire industry changes, i.e. I work in a sawmill, new saws are developed which are more efficent, but more dangerous, as an employee I have the freedom to renegoiate my contract.

Furthermore, any employee who has been working on a job for a while has the right to address changes in their employment i.e. just because I start out at $15 an hour doesn't mean I stay there.

And if a group of employees for the SAME company (which is all a union is) decide to get together and address similar issues together. They can do so.

So how is anything you said valid? I just really can't stand something so broadly generalized and idiotic.

Bonnie said...

makawao -- can you spell "stooge?" did you make this up yourself or just copy off the amptp's website. makawao's statement is profoundly ignorant. i wish all the uninformed reactionaries who have nothing to do now that their shows are off the air but infilitrate websites and leave their idiotic opinons. makawao -- go read a book -- preferably one on the history of labor.

Bonnie said...

makawao -- can you spell "stooge?" did you make this union theory up yourself or just copy it off amptp website? i wish all the morons with nothing to do now that their shows are off the air would find something to do with their pathetic lives. makawao should consider reading a book for openers. something about labor history might be productive if he wants to contribute his stupid comments to our strike.

Lisa said...

Yeah, I guess that was funny, but I liked some of the other videos you have featured on your site so much more. Off the top of my head, the Fred Armisen as Roger A. Trevanti (sp) was hillarious. The voices of uncertainty ones were great as well. Really got the message across.

If only the other late night shows were not being picketed perhaps the people who made these videos could appear and get their message across. (well as long as NBC don't censor it....)

Oh and Michael, Dave is sporting whats known as a strike beard

Makawao said...

Now, now, name calling is not needed, is it? While I fully believe unions are unethical, I never said, and would never say, that all individuals involved in one are.

I did not cut and paste anything from that AMPTP site because they oversimplify things as much as the union's site does. One basically portrays writers as slave labor, and the other says they are overpaid divas.

Shanna, if you improve at your job by adapting to new technology, ask for a raise, but the employer really should set the going wage for his/her shop. If you don't like it, go to another shop, start your own, or find a career with a benefit package more to your liking. If you love sawing too much to leave, that's one of the opportunity costs of doing exactly what you want.

I have been in the workforce for quite some time now, and have never seen a company that pays as little as $15/hr leave their employees at that wage. I'm not saying it's impossible, but it's pretty rare. If that is the case, again, the ethical thing is to ask for a raise without threats, get a different job, or deal with the opportunity cost of staying. A group of employees addressing their concerns is not wrong, suddenly threatening the livelihood of an owner's business because the previously agreed to conditions are no longer ideal is wrong.

Bonnie, your comments really can't be debated since you chose to simply namecall. Disappointing. For the record, though, I am a paramedic and emergency manager, so I have no "stooge" interest in either side of this strike.

Labor unions had their day, barely, when the issues were worker safety. Now, though, they represent the interests of their stewards and bosses in economic blackmail.
There is no entitlement to a particular wage or profit sharing in any field. Unions feel so entitled to dictate to management without having to take the risk of running such a business.

Michael Robinson said...

@Lisa: A strike beard, eh? I'll keep that in mind if I ever find myself in the midst of a labor dispute. :)

Arizona Kid said...

Truth and humor - the time-honored sword of the writer - wielded by a master! Bravo Dave (and his team of writers)!

muci said...

That was a fun clip. Thank you. Gotta love Dave.Here's a clip from a few years ago. A commercial from Dave for dick cheney. I think it's on topic because it is anti-nasty corporations:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=5W01mMDwqT8

muci said...

Thanks for that clip. Dave is hilarious. A few years ago he did this one for dick cheney:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=5W01mMDwqT8

muci said...

Thanks, great clip. Here's another one:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=5W01mMDwqT8

Graham said...

makawao, I just wanted to put in my two and a half cents. The issue here is only partially workers' rights at the level of the individual (wages, benefits, profit-sharing, etc.); there is also the question of collectivity. An individual has far greater power and leverage when he or she joins a collective, of which a union is one example. Moreover, this collective helps to temper the great power an employer wields over his or her employees.

In essence, capitalism is an exploitative system that encourages employers to exploit their workers. I for one believe strongly in unions because they help to put a check on the sort of power upper management can wield. And that, I would suggest, is the point of this lovely little "propaganda" video. Equity, not hierarchy.

-glyons, vancouver

Jerad said...

Ok, to beat the sawmill analogy into the ground, let's say you were getting paid 25¢ per cut on the mill you were using, then they got a new one and said they'd pay you 1¢ for every three cuts you made on the mill.

Would you like the reduction in wages?

Sure, you could leave. Or you could stop working until they negotiate a fair price to pay per cut. When a bunch of people do that, it's a strike.

nyquilsucks said...

I have been in the workforce for quite some time now, and have never seen a company that pays as little as $15/hr leave their employees at that wage. I'm not saying it's impossible, but it's pretty rare.

What workforce is this, and where can I find it? You do realize that the mean income for most Americans is under $30,000 a year, right? $15 an hour would be kind of tops for that.

I dislike this kind of "Love it or leave it" attitude. If you're struggling to make ends meet as it is, just quitting your job isn't really an option. Your post smacks of ignorance and privilege.

Why shouldn't workers ask for livable wages? And there's power in collective numbers (something you chose not to address while dissing all unions). It's not the livelihood of the big media moguls that's under threat, it's the writers who are getting underpaid and screwed out of their residuals.

Paul said...

Never, ever tell a writer to 'just get another job'.
We write because we don't like other jobs, and because we enjoy writing.

It's about time we got paid fairly foe what we do.

Nice one Dave, keep up the support.

samwright23 said...

So funny, it was a good think letting him back on with writers!! I saw the genious right away.