Best Defense Against Jihad: David Letterman
Stop the revolution, I want to watch Eva Longoria
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2010 1:59 AM CST
Updated Dec 8, 2010 6:00 AM CST
David Letterman yucks it up in an interview earlier this year.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Forget spending billions of dollars on spies and government propaganda; the best defense against jihad appears to be flooding the homes of young people with Desperate Housewives and David Letterman. That's the assessment of a WikiLeaks secret cable entitled "David Letterman: Agent of Influence" that found young Saudis "are fascinated by US culture in a way they never were before" because of the programs. The series are broadcast as part of Saudi Arabia's "war of ideas" against extremists, reports the Guardian.

The entertainment is proving far more effective in winning hearts and minds than the US government-funded station al-Hurra, which features long interviews with American politicians. "It's still all about the war of ideas here, and American programming is winning over ordinary Saudis in a way that al-Hurra and other US propaganda never could," two Saudi media executives told a US official, according to the cable. "Saudis are now very interested in the outside world and everybody wants to study in the US if they can."

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Dec 9, 2010 1:14 AM CST
I thought Letterman was waging a one man Jihad himself since he "BOMBS" so much. Get it? He BOMBS? Oh yeah! I still got it. ........................Is this thing on?
Dec 8, 2010 4:26 PM CST
Ironically, every time I see Desperate Housewives I sympathise with the Taliban's efforts to bring down Western culture.
Dec 8, 2010 12:53 PM CST
Airdrop some porno, some Hollywood DVDs and Chicago style hot dogs on the right wing fundy nut jobs in the mid east and they would never be able to recruit another young man again. America rocks!