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AP: Late Night Comics Now Joke About Democrats

From an unquestioning Associated Press:

Laugh it up: Study finds late-night comics using Democrats as punchlines

August 05, 2013

A study of gags by late-night comics during the first half of the year found an abrupt change from 2012. Now Obama and Democrats are providing the lion’s share of punchlines.

What timing, huh? Now that Obama has safely been re-elected, his supporters feel it’s safe to joke about him. And now that he is finally being joked about, we get this from the AP. Is it possible that Anthony Weiner might be skewing this count a little?

Obama was the target of 288 monologue jokes made by Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Kimmel, according to an analysis released Monday by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University.

The next most joked-about individual was New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, at 120. His numbers are likely to jump fast, since the study period was before the second round of Weiner’s sexting scandal.

Something tells us the jokes about Obama were a lot more gentle than the jokes about Weiner.

In 2012, Mitt Romney was the butt of more than twice as many jokes as Obama, and Republicans were similarly the target of more than double the jokes that were made on Democrats.

Gee, why was that? After all, what was there about Romney even to joke about?

The findings don’t illustrate any political change of heart among late-night comics, said Robert Lichter, the center’s president. The jokes follow the news, and with Republicans receding after an election campaign, Obama presented more opportunities, he said.

"They’re going after the most visible and powerful people that they can," Lichter said…

Right. Mitt Romney was so much more visible and power than Mr. Obama.

Democrats were the target of 713 jokes between January and June 2013, compared to 417 gags about Republicans, the study said. The only Republicans among the top 10 joke targets were former President George W. Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the CMPA said.

Again, note the time frame, Obama had been safely re-elected by January.

Fallon was the toughest comic on Democrats, targeting them 240 times compared to 76 for Republicans. Letterman had 139 jokes about Republicans and 102 about Democrats, the CMPA found.

Again, where were the AP’s joke tallies over the last five, heck, nine years?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 5th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “AP: Late Night Comics Now Joke About Democrats”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    It must be in cursive, LoFos don’t get the jokes

  2. captstubby says:

    late-night comics
    Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Kimmel?
    so these must be those late night programs the libral youth watch and get stoned.
    are they sort of like that old program,johnny carson?

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