Accuracy in Media

Late-night comedy used to not be overtly political, with the types like Jay Leno and David Letterman being the premier late-night comedy hosts on TV. But Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and others have waded into politics, specifically Kimmel’s anti-gun monologues and anti-GOP/anti-Obamacare repeal rhetoric.

It brings up the question: Why is late-night TV becoming more political than before?

As The Federalist surmised, technology such as Netflix and Amazon Prime streaming shows and TiVo may have changed late-night TV forever, so much so to depress late-night comedy TV ratings to the point that producers and hosts are changing comedy to try to salvage their ratings.

Time will tell whether political late-night comedy TV will boost or hurt ratings.




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Comments

  • Mike S.

    I blame the “Fascist Fifty” (which is a play on the “Nifty Fifty” companies of the ’70s). Advertisers and their ad agencies are now in lockstep with
    authoritarian socioeconomic government mandates. These corporations include Amazon (and The Washington Post), The New York Times, Alphabet (and Google enterprises), Facebook, Time Warner, Starbucks, Berkshire Hathaway, Comcast, and many other marquee names. When Carson and Leno were kings, most sponsors would not have stood for the political nonsense, mass deceptions and damnable lies our current late night hosts pedal. I think Letterman led the way after he had a hissy fit because he lost The Tonight Show to Leno. When Letterman went to CBS afterward, I think part of his deal was to support and promote socialist topics, causes and guests. Letterman became a real jerk, in my opinion, and his rating dropped consistently until he finally left.

  • Alton Gayle

    IT WILL DEFINITELY HURT THEM. I HAVE NO USE FOR ANY OF THEM. GIVE ME SOMETHING ON HISTORY CHANNEL, A&E, SYFY OR EVEN A GOOD ACTION MOVIE. BETTER YET I’LL JUST TURN OFF THE TV AND READ A GOOD BOOK.

  • lincolnesque

    I agree about Letterman. I turned off his show when he continued to bash Bush and Cheney two years after they left office. I went to Leno. When he left, late night totally went to the dogs. They should try actual comedy again, they might get back some audience.

  • Holly Stowe

    I quit watching BECAUSE of the incessant political rhetoric…ugly, partisan hyperbole.