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The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University released a study that determined Colbert and Fallon made 455 jokes about Trump and 14 about Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Methane fee faces negotiations White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege The No Surprises Act: a bill long overdue MORE last month, The Associated Press reported.
The count does not include an additional 64 jokes about the president’s family or administration.
Robert Lichter, a communication professor at the university, has been studying the intersection of late-night comedy and politics since 1992.
Previous research has shown that the comics tend to mock Republicans more than Democrats, but this study showed an even larger difference, according to the AP.
The previous largest difference occurred during the 2016 campaign, when 78 percent of jokes were about Trump and 22 percent were about then-Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSuper PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Neera Tanden tapped as White House staff secretary MORE.
“When Trump’s onstage, everyone else is blacked out,” Lichter said, according to the AP. “I think they will find a way to keep making jokes about Trump, even after he leaves office.”
Lichter said that happened in 2001, when late-night shows joked about former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonRepublican spin on Biden is off the mark Bill Clinton shares video update after release from hospital Biden, Democrats risk everything unless they follow the Clinton pivot (they won't) MORE more than President George W. Bush.