No Joke: Late-Night Talk Shows Are a Powerful Propaganda Arm of the Democratic Party


by Robert Bridge, Strategic Culture:

If you really must watch late night political talk shows, at least prerecord them for viewing in the morning after a strong coffee.

Following Joe Biden’s hotly disputed announcement for mandatory vaccinations, a decision that may affect up to 100 million Americans, late night TV hosts proved, once again, where their loyalties lie as they went to bat for the Democratic leader, sugarcoating the shocking news with predictably stale jokes and gross attacks on conservatives and, of course, Donald Trump.


While the mainstream ‘legacy’ media is regularly singled out for right-wing criticism over its slavish devotion to liberal ideology, people tend to overlook the powerful influence of the talk show circuit, which lulls America to sleep each night with their highly predictable monologues and one-sided laugh tracks.

In an industry packed with a suspiciously disproportionate ensemble of privileged white males – consisting of Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Seth Myers, Bill Maher, John Oliver and James Corden, among others –the Democratic Party has found a powerful and devoted ally. And as the Biden administration announced its mandatory vaccine policy, which must rank as one of the most critical news stories in recent years, here was a great opportunity to see just how biased these late night hosts really are. Plot spoiler: extremely.

First, despite the importance of the vaccine story, almost none of the hosts mentioned that news at the beginning of their monologues, preferring to bury it under a mountain of comedic nonsense instead.

Jimmy Kimmel, for example, somehow found the opening day of the NFL football season to be of more pressing concern than the prospect of millions of American workers and their families losing their means of sustenance simply because they have chosen not to take a pharmaceutical drug.

“I’m just glad I have a reason to wear my beer helmet on Sundays again,” Kimmel quipped to cheap applause on his eponymous show, which is broadcast out of the former Hollywood Masonic Temple. “I was getting a lot of dirty looks at church.”

Nor did Kimmel consider the vaccine mandate important enough to warrant second place in his monologue. In a jarring segue that went from the NFL to North Korea, the host took some pot shots at leader Kim Jong-un, who appeared at a Pyongyang celebration after a lengthy absence from the spotlight. For the next two minutes, which equals a veritable eternity in TV land, Kimmel cracked jokes about how slimmed down Jong-un appeared. “They think he lost about 44 pounds…and good for his horse, too, that poor thing was exhausted.”

When it finally came time to mention the pink elephant in the studio, however, Kimmel expended precious time not bashing Biden’s executive overreach, but rather ridiculing those Americans who have had second doubts about taking the vaccine, or opted for alternative methods of treatment.

“Of course a lot of people are upset about this,” Kimmel began snarkily. “They don’t want to be told what to do, not even by the doctors who they’ll eventually run to for help when they get sick…a quarter of the country thinks that herd immunity means they should be taking livestock medicine instead of the vaccination.”

This is what passes for humor these days in anti-scientific debate America.

Finally, Kimmel reserved the next part of his monologue to roast a U.S. president, but not Joe Biden, of course.

“It’s important to remember that less than a year ago we had a president [Donald J. Trump] whose strategy for fighting the virus was ‘drink bleach’. I think they would like us to forget that so from time to time we look back at what was in the news a year ago this week.”

For the next five minutes, instead of cracking one-liners about Biden and his very convincing Julius Caesar impersonation, the entire focus was on Donald Trump and former members of his entourage, like Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer. Not a single joke about Joe Biden, who seems to be – despite providing a wealth of great material – above ridicule.

And then there was the equally out-of-touch Stephen Colbert, whose Sept. 10th broadcast began with a recitation of apocalyptic media headlines before mentioning that “this afternoon, President Biden outlined his plan to curb coronavirus.”

“Please, get us out of this,” Corbett mockingly pleaded before a well-trained studio audience that takes its cue to applause like Pavlov’s salivating dog does to a ringing bell. “We’ve been in the pandemic so long that my sour dough starter just got its learner’s permit.”


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