The bias of late-night was readily quantified by a watchdog group that tallied up the punchlines to reveal which yuckster demonstrated the worst slant in 2023.
Corporate media’s leftist leanings are well-known to stretch beyond the newsroom, permeating every facet of the entertainment industry too. Proving that point, the Media Research Center looked at the nearly 10,000 political jokes attempted across six daily programs to reveal a whopping 81% were aimed at an individual or position on the right.
With a window running from Jan. 3 through Dec. 22, 2023, MRC found ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and the canceled “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on CBS, Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” and NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” had collectively told 9,518 politically charged jokes.
Out of those, 7,729 or 81 percent were directed at “someone or something on the right side of the political spectrum” the watchdog group concluded as they defined a joke as “anything that attempted to get people to laugh, which is not necessarily the same thing as a line meant to elicit applause or booing from the studio audience.”
Of little surprise, the number one target for each program was former President Donald Trump, earning 2,440 jabs at his expense while coming in second was President Joe Biden with 912.
From there, with the 25 spot going collectively to Congress, the top positions were all viewed as right-leaning from ousted New York Rep. George Santos (R) getting third place at 835 jokes, Fox News placing 11 with 173, and billionaire Elon Musk in the 22 spot with 61 jokes.
After Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) was the next leftist targeted in position 26, even beating out the readily razzed Vice President Kamala Harris, the next Democrat down at 34.
ABC’s Kimmel was the worst offender out of the lot with 88 percent of his 2,215 political jokes aimed at the right while Colbert followed close behind with 86 percent of his 1,918 jokes doing likewise.
Seth Meyers attempted 2,445 political jokes with 84 percent right-leaning and “The Daily Show” with an array of hosts and correspondents had 78 percent of 1,277 political jokes aimed toward conservatives and the GOP. Of course, among them was an even worse culprit than Kimmel in the form of guest host John Leguizamo who, in the span of only four episodes told 66 political jokes with all but one aimed at the right.
Fallon and Corden dragged the average down at 66 and 54 percent respectively. Additionally, before his show ended in April, the latter was the only member of the late-night set who had told more jokes about Harris than her predecessor Vice President Mike Pence, albeit two compared to one.
All told, the ratio of Trump to Biden came down to 2.5 to 1 and their children was 9:1 as the former president’s kids were mocked 250 times to a mere 27 for Hunter Biden. The ratio was slightly worse between the first ladies as Melania Trump was hit with 58 jokes compared to Jill Biden’s six.