Update: CBS News employee pleads not guilty to grand larceny
CBS News’ Robert J. Halderman was arraigned in a Manhattan court on Friday and entered a plea of not guilty when read the charge of grand larceny. The court has set his bail at $200,000, according to the Associated Press.
Following yesterday’s arrest, Letterman confessed to his viewers that he had affairs with female staff members and said his promiscuity had led to an attempt to blackmail him out of some $2 million.
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WASHINGTON — US talk show host David Letterman admitted in his nightly program on Thursday to having sex with members of his staff, as he detailed an extortionist’s efforts to relieve him of two million dollars.
“I have had sex with women who work on this show,” Letterman told a studio audience in New York which at times appeared unsure whether the confession was part of a skit.
The married 62-year-old said three weeks ago a package appeared in the back seat of his car from a person who demanded two million dollars (1.37 million euros) for keeping knowledge the flings secret.
Letterman went on to explain his decision to report the matter to the authorities, which led to testimony before a grand jury earlier that day. “I had to tell them all of the creepy things I had done,” he said.
“Would it be embarrassing if it were made public? Perhaps it would, perhaps it would, and especially for the women,” he joked.
“What you don’t want is a guy saying ‘I know you had sex with women I would like two million dollars or I’m going to make trouble for you,’ so that is where we stand right now.”
He added that the person in question is under arrest.
A report from the New York Daily News this morning reveals that CBS News producer Robert Halderman has been arrested, and held on attempted grand larceny charges. Halderman has directed dozens of “48 Hours” documentaries, from the Winter Olympics to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.”
Letterman, a veteran of the nightly chat shows that are immensely popular in the United States, earlier this month had President Barack Obama as a guest, the first time a sitting president had appeared on the CBS show.
This video is from CBS’ Late Night with David Letterman, broadcast Oct. 1, 2009.
–Diane Sweet contributed to this report.
Obama draws straight line from ‘birther’ paranoia to the rise of Trumpism: analysis
On Saturday, writing for The Intercept, Murtaza Hussain broke down how former President Barack Obama's new book connects the dots directly between the racist "birther" conspiracy theories surrounding his presidency, and the rise of the political movement surrounding Donald Trump.
"Obama does not spend much time directly discussing his experience of race while in office, but, to the extent that he does, he makes a convincing case that the anti-intellectual populist movement now known as Trumpism began in part as a racial backlash to his own presidency — specifically, Trump’s conspiratorial campaign to establish that Obama had been born in a foreign country and was thus ineligible to hold office," wrote Hussain.
Here’s what Trump could do to tank the economy out of pure vengeance
Less than a week before the 2020 election, I interviewed a number of psychologists who speculated that if President Donald Trump lost to former Vice President Joe Biden, his narcissism might cause him to lash out by deliberately tanking the economy. Now it seems like that prediction might have been correct — although the reasons may have as much to do with the Republican Party's longstanding traditions as Trump's individual flaws.
This article first appeared in Salon.
Anti-vax groups online are helping to radicalize the QAnon movement
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Facebook opted to nix a massive anti-vaccination propaganda group with more than 200,000 members last week. However, the group was not shut down for the dangerous public health misinformation its members posted, but rather, the disturbing promotion of QAnon, reports Huffington Post.