Just a few days after CBS’s Stephen Colbert unleashed a vulgar tirade against President Trump, a new study has documented just how unfriendly late night TV has been to the new Commander-in-Chief. The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University counted an incredible 1,060 jokes directed against Trump during the President’s first 100 days in office. That’s more than ten times as many barbs as aimed at all Democrats — combined — during the same period (95), and considerably more than both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton received during the entire first year of their presidencies (936 and 440 jokes, respectively).
Although election night was the beginning of an upward surge in popularity for Late Show host Stephen Colbert, he found the prospect of announcing a Trump victory comparable to forcing his audience to watch an execution.
The New York Times’ John Koblin made the front of Business Day Monday with yet another fawning article from the NYT about how the Trump presidency has given a liberal television comedian a new lease on ratings popularity: “How Colbert Finally Got on a Roll.” It’s basically the same article the Times has been running for two months:
NBC's comedic hosts Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers went on a late-night witch hunt Wednesday in a desperate attempt to portray Education Secretary pick Betsy DeVos as a flaming idiot. Despite DeVos literally getting confirmed the same day, the networks’ “comedian” hosts seemed to know what DeVos would do in office before she had even done it. In what would’ve been decried as “sexist” if it had been said about a Democrat woman, Fallon and Meyers both made pathetic jokes about DeVos’ intelligence.
NBC Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon was roundly condemned by the Left for mussing Donald Trump’s hair for five seconds, and “normalizing” him for the American public. But they were quiet on Thursday night when Fallon spent a much longer time “normalizing” disgraced CBS anchorman Dan Rather, who defined “fake news” for a generation with his false Texas Air National Guard documents about George W. Bush.
Fallon began with the unctuous note that while the social media is a wilderness, you come across “An eloquent 500-word essay by Dan Rather, and I wanna say thank you for being the voice of reason on social media.”
Wednesday night on NBC’s The Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon had Michelle Obama on as his guest for one of her final television appearances as First Lady. Fallon is known for being very friendly towards his guests but his interview with Mrs. Obama was completely out of the ordinary in gushiness.
Yes, Donald Trump has the power to ruin a major awards ceremony without even being there. According to the Associated Press, the mood of the Golden Globes ceremony which takes place on Sunday could be ruined by Trump simply due to the fact that he won the election. Dozens of high paid celebrities are in danger of having being completely bummed out simply by the existence of Trump as you can see in the title of their report: WILL HOLLYWOOD BE IN THE MOOD TO PARTY AT GOLDEN GLOBES?
In an unusually nasty attack from Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night, the late-night comedian went after President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary, philanthropist Besty DeVos: “But this has some people upset, I heard that Donald Trump's pick for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, never went to public school and has never even worked for public schools. People are saying that as a billionaire without much experience, she might be too similar to Trump.”
Although NBC spent 11 years bolstering the Trump name, the network has engaged in a concerted effort to tear the mogul down through its entertainment programming.
New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff wrote a supportive article about an anti-Trump rant of TBS "Full Frontal" host and leftist scold Samantha Bee for attacking a fellow late-night comedian for the crime of being playful with one of his guests, Donald Trump. As Itzkoff noted in his story, “From One Comedic Host to Another: Criticism Over Trump,” on the front of Wednesday’s Arts section, Bee was enraged at Tonight Show host Fallon for failing to treat Trump as the second coming of Hitler. Judging by the controversy, there are many on the left who evidently take the words and acts of talk show hosts very seriously indeed. (Fallon treated Michelle Obama in kidding fashion as well, without any liberal hand-wringing.)
Thursday night, late-night comedy host Jimmy Fallon invited GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump onto his program for a fairly uncontroversial interview. Despite the fact that Fallon in particular doesn’t berate his political guests like some late-night hosts do, one writer for the New York Times complained he should have. In a series of tweets Friday morning, television critic for the Times James Poniewozik questioned if it was “moral” for Fallon to invite Trump on his show and "have fun" instead of asking him hard-hitting questions.
On Thursday night, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon came on late on the East Coast due to the first NFL game airing on NBC. But Fallon did offer a funny bit about how they may offer new voices on the Siri app. First, he had an Obama impersonator give him the weather forecast, then had a Hillary Clinton impersonator imagine what a Hillary answer would be on Siri -- about helping with e-mails.