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How Obama Uses Late Night and How Late Night Loves To Be Used


[T]his is how it works in the world of late night. The last election cycle saw the late night hosts go into overdrive for the Obama election campaign. Between January 1, 2008 and July 31, 2008, the Center for Media and Public Affairs found that Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, and David Letterman made a grand total of 169 jokes about Obama, compared with 428 about Bush and 328 about McCain. Comedy Central comedians were more even – Colbert made 129 jokes about McCain to 91 for Obama, and Stewart made more jokes about Obama than McCain, although the vast majority of jokes about Obama were fawning compliments and the vast majority about McCain were brutal slams.

Perhaps that was the real purpose of Obama’s routine appearances on late night television as president of the United States, an unprecedented breach of traditional decorum: he wanted to make it routine for all candidates to appear on the shows run by his allies. By appearing himself, Obama essentially dared anyone who opposes him to take the seat opposite the Jon Stewarts and Jimmy Fallons of the world – and, as they have to, Republicans have taken the bait. That’s why we’ve seen Rick Perry reading a top ten list on Letterman about his debate foibles. That’s why Bachmann was on Fallon. That’s why McCain deigned to appear with Stewart, even knowing what was coming.

Dennis Miller was both brave and correct when he bashed Jay Leno for kissing Obama’s royal arse last week. He actually recommended that Leno hire Obama after Obama loses his re-election effort: “I could see you guys doing comedy bits on here where you come out as Carnut the Magnificent and you have the turban on and the mechanic overalls and he reads ‘You are correct, sir!’ off a teleprompter.”

More likely, Obama will end up hiring all of these comedians as his court jesters sometime in the near future. Their ratings are dropping, and their biases are now obvious. And we already know the relationships are good: the Comedy Central writers are Obama’s brain trust of hilarity, writing jokes for his speeches and giving him tips on how to win over an audience.

What happened to Rep. Bachmann is nothing new. It’s just the most obvious crack in the solid wall of propaganda put out by the late night left that it bashes both sides equally. The “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” slam was planned in advance – Questlove tweeted shortly before she appeared, “aight late night walkon song devotees: you love it when we snark: this next one takes the cake. ask around cause i aint tweeting title.”

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