Heard ANY Biden jokes recently? Biased late-night shows told 97 percent of their gags about Trump in September and almost NONE about Democrat candidate
- Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel have almost ignored Joe Biden in their jokes
- The pair in September devoted 97 per cent of their wisecracks to the president
- Researchers at George Mason University recorded 455 jokes about Trump
- In the same period of time, only 14 jokes were made about Biden by the pair
- Republicans are usually more mocked, but the Democrats have got off lightly
A survey of late-night shows has found that in September two of the main U.S. hosts cracked jokes almost exclusively at the expense of Donald Trump.
Ninety seven per cent of the jokes Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon told about the candidates in September targeted Trump, a study released on Monday found.
The researchers found 455 jokes about Trump and 14 about Democrat Joe Biden, according to the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University.
That does not even count 64 jokes made about Trump’s family or administration, the study said.
‘When Trump’s onstage, everyone else is blacked out,’ said Robert Lichter, communication professor at George Mason.
Stephen Colbert (left) and Jimmy Fallon have both made Donald Trump the butt of their jokes
The president, pictured in Arizona on Monday, has provided endless amusement for writers
Lichter has been studying late-night humor and politics since 1992.
Republicans are usually targeted more than Democrats by the comedy writers, but the difference has never been this stark, he found.
The closest was the 2016 campaign, when Trump was the punchline for 78 per cent of the jokes to Hillary Clinton’s 22 per cent, the center said.
That survey is good news if, like Biden, your goal is to essentially make Trump the central issue in the campaign.
It may present a real challenge for the comics if Biden defeats Trump in next month’s election, however, as they will lose their star turn.
‘I think they will find a way to keep making jokes about Trump, even after he leaves office,’ Lichter said.
In 2001, late-night comedians made former president Bill Clinton the subject of more jokes than his successor, George W. Bush, Lichter said.
Biden has managed to avoid the mockery of late night comedians, so far