“…Mr. Leno, Mr. O’Brien, Mr. Letterman and their ilk are the water-cooler folly and they are neither removed nor benevolent….  Mr. O’Brien who began on a self-deprecating note, has turned more self-righteous in his monologues, blaming the network and Mr. Leno for taking back the show only seven months after he started. And his sense of betrayal is perhaps fanned by the followers who have held protests outside NBC headquarters at Rockefeller Center, as if the network is Myanmar and Mr. O’Brien the Daw Aung Suu Kyi of late night comedy.”

– New York Times article by Alessandra Stanley reporting on the heated competition between late-night talk shows in the U.S. (January 21)