President Trump’s criticism of late night television show hosts for constantly doling out what he called “one-sided,” “unfunny” and “anti-Trump” material was met with mocking barbs from many of the comedians yesterday, despite a recent study showing he has been targeted far more than past presidents.
“Late Night hosts are dealing with the Democrats for their very ‘unfunny’ & repetitive material, always anti-Trump! Should we get Equal Time?,” Trump wrote on Twitter yesterday in an apparent reference to the Fairness Doctrine, a Federal Communications Commission rule requiring that candidates be treated equally by broadcast television stations during elections.
“More and more people are suggesting that Republicans (and me) should be given Equal Time on T.V. when you look at the one-sided coverage?” he added.
Trump’s tweets came on the heels of a segment on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” that blasted late show hosts for taking “a hard turn to the left.”
And though he is no longer a candidate for office, a study by researchers at George Mason University in Virginia found that Trump is on pace to “easily eclipse” the most jokes about any person tracked by its Center for Media and Public Affairs since it began monitoring in 1988.
The study found Trump was the target of more than 1,000 jokes during his first 100 days in office. That surpasses the 936 jokes made at Obama’s expense in his first year in office in 2009 and is far more than the 546 about George W. Bush in his first year in the Oval Office in 2001.
Many of the late night hosts Trump has slammed for being unfairly critical of his administration seized on the president’s tweets.
Seth Meyers, host of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on NBC, responded by tweeting that he’d “love” to have Trump on his show, and sarcastically provided his studio address as “15 Penguin Avenue, Antarctica.”
ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel, who has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration and has focused recent monologues on the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare and gun reform, tweeted, “Excellent point Mr. President! You should quit that boring job — I’ll let you have my show ALL to yourself #MAGA.”
The official Twitter account for Comedy Central’s Daily Show responded by posting — “in the spirit of equal time”– a video featuring an off-camera conversation Trump had with an “Access Hollywood” host in 2005 during which he used coarse language to boast about groping women.
Mike DiCenzo, a writer and producer for NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” was among those pointing out that he is no longer a candidate for office.
“That’s not how it works. You’re not campaigning. You’re the president,” DiCenzo wrote. “Now kindly stop tweeting nonsense and go do your job for once.”
Herald wire services contributed to this report.
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