Late Night Comics and the Election

Fox News has this here:

John McCain returned to "Late Show With David Letterman" Thursday night, appologizing for canceling an appearance three weeks ago, but should the onetime media favorite have been preparing for an ambush?

A study shows the Kings of Late Night are not equal-opportunity destroyers this year when it comes to telling jokes about the candidates for president and vice president -- they're hammering Republicans a stunning seven times more often than they skewer Democrats.

The Center for Media and Public Affairs, a media analysis group, kept a tally of jokes told about the presidential contenders on the "Late Show" and "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" in the five weeks after McCain chose Sarah Palin to be his running mate and vaulted the little-known Alaska governor into the national spotlight.

The total: Republicans, 286. Democrats, 42.

"Generally the Republicans get targeted much more often than Democrats, but this election is driving it off the charts," said CMPA Executive Director Donald Rieck.

Letterman and Leno told 106 jokes about McCain and 180 about Palin in the 25 shows that aired between Aug. 29, when McCain chose her, and Oct. 2, the date of the vice presidential debate. . . .



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your claim of media bias is a little bias itself. The difference in the numbers is mostly driven by the absurdity of the republican party. McCain is clearly to old to handle this job, Palin is an unqualified mess and the campaign has made one blunder after another. It makes perfect sense that they are made fun of more. They should be ridiculed,mocked and shamed until they withdraw. The media bias was in trying to portray this as a serious candidate.

10/17/2008 5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blah Blah.. media biased, blah blah...
meanwhile, these are hilarious...

SNL's cold open

Palin rap

10/19/2008 8:59 PM  

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