Wednesday, January 4, 2012

No Joke

   A study noted by Paul Bedard at Washington Whispers found that President Obama was the most popular political target of late-night comedians in 2011.  Even though the President took top honors, the study notes that his total of 382 is far below the 500+ that Bush and Clinton routinely racked up.  Is it possible that there is some trepidation about going after the President?  Certainly lack of material is not an issue as is obvious to those of us who follow Hot Air's Obamateurism of the Day feature.  What could the reason be?    Hmmmmm...

   As an aside, I read though the sample jokes at the end of the Washington Whispers column without even being tempted to use any of my facial muscles.  Hopefully it was a random sample and was not meant to represent the best the late-nighters had to offer.  Of course, if Robert Lichter (president of the Center for Media and Public Affairs at GMU where the study was conducted) picked the jokes, that might explain it:
Lichter noted that far down on the list were the winners of Tuesday's Iowa GOP caucuses, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul. "This shows," he says, "that it's hard to vote for somebody while you're laughing at them."
Does anyone even understand that?

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