Not Really Funny

Have you ever noticed how comedians always poke fun at conservatives, and then throw their hands up in the air when we’re offended?

It’s just a joke, they say.  Get a sense of humor, they say.

Well, here’s the thing.  John Fund makes a great point in National Review today that shows why we aren’t laughing:

It’s been obvious ever since Barack Obama appeared on the political scene that comedians rarely go beyond lame jokes about him. As far back as 2009, the Los Angeles Times noted that “TV’s leading political humorists have largely backed away from their ritual comic hazing of the president.”

During last year’s presidential election, a study from George Mason University’s Center for Media and Public Affairs reported that comics made more than twice as many jokes about GOP candidate Mitt Romney than they did about Obama. From late August of 2012 until early October, network late-night comics Jimmy Fallon, Jay Leno, David Letterman, and Craig Ferguson dumped on Obama only 62 times compared to 148 times for Romney.

In other words, the comedians don’t poke fun at the President because they try to protect him.  Or maybe, with all this going on, they honestly can’t find humor in him anymore anyway.

Either way, it’s not really funny.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mceverlast Michael Cummings

    Tom O’laughlin, unwed mothers? Did you get that line from a pron site? Last I heard Bristol and I made plans and had a baby with one on the way. Obama is terribly sickly violent that is at least part of the reason no one verbally attacks him. He’s working with the Clinton Administration so that’s a given. And working with white supremists which is not at all what I expected. Hope and change and forward were all political lines and haven’t at all amounted to more. But hopefully the actors and actresses and all of the military will understand that Obama doesn’t work for them if it doesn’t fit his agenda of muslim, anti-Semitic, peace through more war than anyone, reducing the deficit through making it unsurmountable. God bless the Palins for continuing to have morals and values…any moral code or value code would be appreciated from Obama at this point. We’ll be waiting for your call Bristol.

  • Melissa
  • ishy

    I know the Palins are very thin skinned about Letterman ( and certainly don’t practice what Jesus taught about loving our enemies)….but regardless I do find it extremely hypocritical that they find the time to condemn late night comedians but over look stories like the following:

    http://aattp.org/right-wing-radio-host-wants-to-shoot-hillary-clinton-in-the-vagina/

    • 1MiddleRoader

      Disgusting and disturing sound bite. I admit, I’d never heard of Pete Santilli before (and kinda wish I still haven’t), but it should be noted that his “radio show” is an internet show, which (I think) doesn’t need to conform to FCC rules. I think if his show was on AM/FM radio, it wouldn’t last a week.

    • $51252694

      So the libs have found something to be outraged about! Pardon the country for not caring about your fake outrage about some “rightwinger”. At least that “rightwinger” does not have the blood of 4 Americans on his hands like your president and Secretary of State. At least he is not responsible for the slaughtering of newborn babies in Dem-approved abortion clinics.

      • $51252694

        First time I heard about this person, Pete Sintalli. Right-wingers do not know him. He is probably a liberal plant, paid by Soros, because they can’t find the kind of violent teapartier that they have been warning the country about for 4 years now. So they came up with their own “rightwinger”.

        And they have to distract from all the scandals, especially Benghazi.

        • ishy

          Everything is a conspiracy with you. I guess you think what Ted Nugent said is ok Mel? Certainly much much worse than anything Letterman or the Late Nite talk show hosts have ever said. Nugent is an entertainer. Why does he get a pass? Why doesn’t Bristol comment about the awful things he says? Why does her mother “pal” around with him?

          • $51252694

            You sure are obsessed with one Ted Nugent, I know of his existence, but I don’t know him, I don’t care about him, I have never listened to him. So did he “jokingly” wish for your teenage daughter to be raped? If he did, he is a creep like Letterman. But why don’t you forgive him and move on, isn’t that the advice you gave Bristol?

            Why don’t you comment about your president voting THREE times AGAINST medical care for infants, ADVOCATING for them to be left to DIE, that is your Mr -Healthcare- for- all “we must take care of the least amongst us”-president.

          • ishy

            I will forgive him as soon as you forgive Letterman. And in fact you should forgive everyone and not hate anyone. I am not a Christian so I don’t have to live by your rules btw.

            And just so you know Letterman apologized for his comments. Haven’t seen any apology for Nugents multiple death threats. Of course that doesn’t stop Sarah from palling around with him does it!

          • $51252694

            I did not know I am that important to you. No, forgive him whenever you want to, take responsibility for something will you!

            I don’t hate anyone, look at those fingers pointing back at ya!!

            I have not seen apologies for any of the death threats against Bush and Sarah Palin. The truth of Obama palling around with terrorists has really hurt you, hasn’t it!

          • ishy

            Ha ha ha you’re about as hypocritical as your idol Sarah. And please update your references…fingers pointing back at you? My god how old are you???? 50???

          • $51252694

            And so the meltdown starts…

          • 1MiddleRoader

            Please explain what’s wrong with being 50.
            It’s the cat’s pajamas, you young whippersnapper houligan! :)

          • ishy

            :)

  • $51252694

    What is funny, Bristol, are all these trolls suddenly admitting that, of course, Letterman-them are biased leftist! Used to be they told us they were just comedians doing what comedians do, no bias, nothing political! LOL!

    At the same time they are also trying to maintain that these creeps are just comedians doing what comedians do, no bias, nothing political – I know! Confusing!!

    There was a time, not so long ago, when these hypocrites were not so understanding of comedians…… Remember their reaction to Reggie Brown Obama Impersonator at the Republican conference last year? Oh, how they bemoaned the “racism”. These libs surely can dish it out, but they can’t take it!

    • ishy

      You forgot to take your meds again dear.

      • $51252694

        disqus

      • $51252694

        Btw, isn’t it time for your free contraceptives and frappe at Planned Parenthood, little ward of the state?

        • ishy

          I bet you have an oil painting of the “Duke” in your house don’t you? And no doubt a Reagan calendar.

          • $51252694

            Pathetic, perhaps next time you’ll come up with something better.

            Bye.

      • $51252694

        That is such a mind-numbed robot thing to say!

  • $51252694

    Rush played clips of people interviewed in Oklahamo and I was touched by their beautiful testimonies of God’s grace and love, even in a time of tragedy, they did not whine about their circumstances, they were just full of praise for God! It reminded me of this scripture:

    Habakkuk 3:17-19

    17 Though the fig tree should not blossom
    And there be no fruit on the vines,
    Though the yield of the olive should fail
    And the fields produce no food,
    Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
    And there be no cattle in the stalls,
    18 Yet I will exult in the Lord,
    I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
    19 The Lord God is my strength,
    And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
    And makes me walk on my high places.

    • ishy

      I liked the clip where Wolf Blitzer asked a woman holding a baby if she “thanked the Lord” and she replied that actually she was an atheist. Good for her! Why anyone would be thanking the Lord for letting such a disaster happen and kill so many innocent lives is beyond me.

      • $51252694

        You liked that, I like the other, so what seems to be the problem. You are quite the bigot.

        • ishy

          Who said there was a problem? Your conservative paranoia has really gotten the best of you hasn’t it? I’m fascinated by the conservative mindset….whether you are born that way or is it years of indoctrination through peer pressure, fear and religious dogma. thoughts?

          • $51252694

            LOL! What do you know about “thoughts”!

          • ishy

            Brilliant response Guest!

          • otlset

            I used to very liberal, all through my school and especially college years. But afterwards as I became more responsible for myself and others, and especially after I started my own small business, through time it became clear how the “real” world works. It became clear there are two kinds of people in this country — those who work, pay taxes and pay into our system, and those who mostly don’t pay taxes and take from the system. It became clear as day to me, as I struggled getting my business going and paying taxes and getting nothing in the way of “benefits” from the government in return, while many around me did not work (for whatever reason) yet received those green government benefit checks on schedule. That realization made me want the government to be more accountable (and thrifty) with the money I worked so hard for, then sent to the government as tax. I became a conservative, aghast at the now rampant waste and uselessness of much of the government’s spending.

          • $51252694

            Good luck, hope you can prevent the trolls from turning the place into a liberal cesspool. It seems every time we clean out the place and leave – just to come back and find a new infestation of trolls.

            I am going to delete my account now – was just waiting for someone to come in and help keep the place clean. Sad, that the libs are almost successful in dragging the place down to their level.

            Till we meet again one day, somewhere in cyberspace!

          • ishy

            Otlset when you look at the majority that voted for Obama you can’t seriously believe none of those people work hard, pay taxes and contribute to our society. If you only see 2 kinds of people you aren’t looking very hard. I don’t disagree with you about waste and fraud but to define liberals vs conservatives as people who work and people who take is just no true and you know it. Besides statistics show that the red states have the highest incidence of citizens getting benefits from the government. If your side doesn’t accept this and continues to run on the demonstrably false argument of Romney’s 47% then you will continue to lose elections.

          • otlset

            Wowee I just heard the news that our racist Attorney General Eric “I don’t remember” Holder actually *did* sign the warrant to spy on reporter James Rosen and his parents. So of course Obama will have Holder investigate himself on this. Huhhhhhh??????? I swear they’re all a pack of lying scoundrels. I wonder how much longer until Obama throws Holder under the bus, if he does. But at any rate, the walls are closing in on Obama, despite all the efforts now from his underlings to shield and protect him. “No, I don’t believe anyone told him.”

            At any rate, to ishy I realize there are many liberals who like myself work (most likely not near as hard though I’d wager, heh. A great number of them have government jobs too.) and pay taxes, but I was referring to my transformation from believing the liberal view that bigger government is better, that government should provide and give us what we need, keep us healthy, in other words be a substitute parents and family for everyone in a way — that government should have a larger role in arranging and regulating people’s lives. What I didn’t realize then was that the greater the government with all it’s requirements, regulations and standards (now to the point of excess — leading to waste, fraud, unnecessary duplication, and inefficiency in my opinion), the less personal liberty or freedom that means to an individual. Thus I now believe in less government which allows for more personal liberty and freedom, which itself almost forces one to accept personal responsibility for their lives which stimulates personal industry — the opposite of laying that responsibility on the government, which produces dependency and trying to get away with doing as little as possible because, hey, the gubmint takes care of me! This is the theoretical basis for my view. I like being independent. I like being free. I’ll pay my fair share of taxes for the general good, but then leave me alone. Go away with all that PC social engineering and crap.

            And I still feel there is a large element of unfairness in the fact that I have to work so hard just to pay my quarterly taxes to the government, with nothing in return really except the same government infrastructure features that even non-taxpayers enjoy, while *many* others I have personally witnessed or know are living actually fairly well on various government benefits while not having to sweat coming up with dough to pay the IRS. In a way, I’m a slave to the government, in so far as if I don’t pay my taxes, they will come after me and MAKE me pay, with penalties. You betcha. And the money goes who knows where in the gigantic bureaucracy we call government. Much of it is wasted.

          • 1MiddleRoader

            Although some of your points are valid, I take your comment about government jobs personally. Yeah, I know it’s a common phrase, and I’ve used it myself in jest- “good enough for govt work”. So if you were joking, or even sort of joking, OK. But I worked for the govt for over 30 yrs. Yeah, I made good money, but I could have made lots more in private industry. For my last 10 yrs at the govt, I worked rotating shifts, meaning lots of night, weekend, and holiday hours (Yes, we did get extra pay for that). We also could be called in at any time. We had to be polygraphed, etc. regularly, had to submit yearly financial disclosures, we had random drug tests. In govt intel jobs, you can’t talk specifically about what you do, even to your spouse. People say you can’t get fired from the govt, and that may be true for some offices but I know for a fact that it wasn’t true where I worked. Also, many ex-military people find employment in the govt. Many in the govt serve in dangerous parts of the world (I didn’t). Some with clandestine jobs gave their lives for this country, and are never recognized for that, except within the walls of the agency where they work. I don’t care if Letterman or whoever makes jokes about govt. workers. But I do care if people really believe that govt workers are a bunch of lazy folks who push papers around. While most of America is enjoying their Memorial Day cook-outs, remember that there are some govt workers who are hard at work trying to keep us safe.

          • otlset

            From the sound of it, you represent my tax dollars well-spent! So thank you for your service. Now let’s see if we can eliminate useless waste and fraud in government, and try our best to trim things all the way around — it’s absolutely necessary now that the debt is relentlessly and dangerously racing out of our control.

          • 1MiddleRoader

            Agreed.

          • 1MiddleRoader

            I know this was addressed to Guest, but since you
            asked for thoughts, and brain research is one of my personal interests (although I’m not a scientist, not
            even close), there are studies indicating that the brains of conservatives and liberals are physically different (not particularly in good/bad ways). Some examples: In liberals the part of the brain associated with tolerance to uncertainty tends to be bigger, in conservatives, the part
            associated with sensitivity to fear is bigger. (I fit into lib category there!) Conservatives react more strongly to negative images, such as a person eating worms, that libs. (Hmm, I might be a conservative here.) Conservatives tend to sleep better and have more mundane dreams than
            libs, who tend to have more bizarre dreams. (I’m a lib in that category!) Libs tend to have lower life satisfaction (Yikes, maybe it’s sleep deprivation!) : )

            That all said, these are just tendencies, not absolutes, and it still doesn’t answer whether the brains are that way from birth, or develop that way over time (nature vs nurture). It would be interesting to do long-term studies from childhood to adulthood; don’t know if that’s being done, but I suspect it is. (BTW, this info comes from procon.org , an interesting website that I just stumbled across.) On thing I’ve always found interesting is that both sides like to accuse the other side of being stupid, but you don’t have to be a scientist to know that there are very bright and very stupid people on both sides.

          • melory3

            So according to this “study”, “fearful” conservatives have sweet dreams, but it is the “fearless” libs that have the nightmares! LOL.

            The study makes libs look like sociopaths! And conservatives like the normal, healthy people that they are!

            There are those who say liberalism is a mental disorder, they will be pleased to know that the study you referenced proves them right!

            Reminds me of a discussion I read long ago about sociopaths and fear:

            “For example: fMRI studies on the brain activity of diagnosed sociopaths vs. non-sociopathic, healthy individuals suggest that their lack of empathy plays a role in the tolerance/threshold for stimulation. When presented with the words, ‘Lamp, chair, cat, dog, rape, murder, cup, pen’ in sequence, normal brains “pick out” the emotionally loaded words like “rape” and “murder” and because it evokes negative emotionality, normal individuals’ brains reacted at a higher, agitated level than sociopaths. The words “lamp” and “rape” were emotional and reactive equivalents to sociopaths. They felt no different about the word “rape” than “lamp”.
            When these words were paired with visual representations (pictures), the violent pictures had no effect on sociopaths, but resulted in elevated levels of agitation in non-sociopathic individuals. This suggests that sociopaths’ lack of empathy plays a role in the need for high stimulation, resulting in a higher threshold for frightening stimuli.

            Source(s):

            Getting my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

            5 years ago”
            Yahoo answers.com

          • 1MiddleRoader

            Yeah, I thought you might like that! :)
            Slightly off-topic, but I saw a similar study on hoaders vs “normal” people. When shown images of things like their teddy bears, dolls, etc. the “emotional” part of the brains of both groups was active. But when shown crumpled up receipts, old soda cans, etc., the emotional part of only hoarders’ brains lit up in a similar way, (but not the regular people). So (I’m guessing) that’s why they have such a hard time getting rid of their piles of useless stuff. Our brains are funny things, no?

          • 1MiddleRoader

            Just FYI, the study’s results are a bit more balanced than I portrayed them. (I was going for the humor). Here’s the actual source.
            http://2012election.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=004818

          • melory3

            I have read the study, libs are using it all over the internet to “back up” their claims that conservatives are “fearful” and “fear-mongerers” (hilarious, coming from the people who not so long ago told us that Doomsday was coming because of sequestration. I can go on and on about their fear-mongering over the years that is still continuing till this day).

            What liberals don’t understand is what the study is really saying about them!

            As to the “study” or perhaps the libs interpretation that it suggests that liberals are “thinkers” – I guess that explains their love for the tabloids and why they are so easily indoctrinated. Now we know!

          • melory3

            Now we understand better why liberals have no problem with infanticide and the murder of babies in the womb:

            “MRI studies on the brain activity of diagnosed sociopaths
            vs. non-sociopathic, healthy individuals suggest that their lack of empathy plays a role in the tolerance/threshold for stimulation.”

          • 1MiddleRoader

            Oh, Melory, these studies do not make either side look like pyschopaths or sociopaths, or lacking empathy, and you well know that! Plus, some libs are pro-life and vice versa.

          • melory3

            Liberals love to use these “studies” against conservatives, but can’t take it when we respond in kind.:)

  • James A. Tyler

    Problem is that people like Seth Meyers, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth McFarlane, David Letterman, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and, particularly, Bill Maher, want to have their cake and eat it too. They are dreadful at hiding not only their bias, but their wishes to be political schills for the Democrats, and yet retreat to the “I’m just a comedian not to be taken seriously” camp when they are called on their supercilious BS. Even more sickening is the look on their face they have when they deign to poke fun at the President when every other outlet has finally made it clear that he’s screwed up; this look on their faces as if they were eigth graders standing in front of the class reciting the Gettysburg Address for extra credit waiting for a pat-on-the-back from the teacher (“hey look everybody! I’m making fun of the President!”)

    • $51252694

      Well said!

  • the_original_tom

    Ever notice that, if your last name is Palin, you’re always offended by something and you are always a victim.

  • the_original_tom

    Ever notice that, if your last name is Palin, you’re always offended by something and you always are playing a victim?

  • the_original_tom

    Ever notice that, if your last name is Palin, you’re always offended by something and you’re always playing “the victim”?

  • the_original_tom

    Ever notice that, if your last name is Palin, you’re always offended by something and you’re always playing the “victim”?


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