Present process the type of painful analysis challenge we wouldn’t want on our worst enemies, one George Mason College media researcher watched a ton of late night time materials from two main networks and recorded precisely what number of jokes had been directed at President Trump versus what number of had been directed at former Vice President Joe Biden.
To nobody’s shock, the study discovered that Trump was mocked by community late night time comedians excess of his 2020 presidential opponent, although wanting on the numbers remains to be surreal. Based on Robert Lichter, a researcher at GMU’s Middle for Media and Public Affairs, Trump was 97% of Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert’s mockery, whereas Biden solely obtained 3%.
Discuss dealing with the worst presidential candidate in U.S. historical past with child gloves. They virtually ignore Biden, as if it had been an industry-wide mandate to take action from the DNC itself. (It in all probability is.)
The examine, headed by Lichter, consisted of watching and tallying the political jokes geared toward each presidential candidates from NBC’s The Tonight Present with Jimmy Fallon and CBS’ The Late Present with Stephen Colbert for the month of September 2020.
For that interval, the GMU report counted a mixed 455 jokes on the expense of President Trump and a meager 15 directed at Biden. Meaning late night time bashing of Trump between the 2 applications is roughly 30 instances greater than bashing Biden.
The examine clarified that these numbers don’t even consider the 64 extra late night time jokes about Trump’s household and his administration on the whole.
Lichter, a communications professor at George Mason College who’s been “finding out late-night humor and politics since 1992,” acknowledged the purpose that conservatives know all too effectively: that Republicans get extra warmth than Democrats from the comedy writers. The therapy for Trump is especially nasty this cycle, nevertheless, particularly in comparison with the final one.
Based on the middle’s earlier analysis, “Trump was the punchline for 78% of the jokes to Hillary Clinton’s 22%” in 2016.
So, late night time is extra biased than ever. And the DNC candidate is extra protected than ever. Lichter added, “When Trump’s onstage, everybody else is blacked out.”
The researcher even mused that Hollywood’s joke bias is so prodigious, that comedy writers and late-night hosts might discover themselves in a pickle if Joe Biden wins. They clearly love Biden and wouldn’t do something to harm him. Lichter opined, “I feel they are going to discover a solution to hold making jokes about Trump, even after he leaves workplace.”
Judging by late night time’s nearly disturbing obsession with President Trump, Lichter’s in all probability proper. He did such a quantity on them, that they’ll in all probability by no means let him relaxation. Trump will likely be in Colbert’s head rent-free ceaselessly.