Howard Kurtz: Comedians Mock Romney More Because ‘Obama Is Just Not That Easy To Ridicule’
Howard Kurtz: Romney Mocked More Because Obama Is 'Not That Easy To Ridicule'
On Sunday afternoon, CNN’s media critic Howard Kurtz defended the fact that TV comedians have taken more shots at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney than President Barack Obama, saying that “Obama is just not that easy to ridicule.”
Kurtz cited a Center for Media and Public Affairs study that found the “shocking truth” that from the conventions until early October, late-night comedians told only 62 jokes about Obama compared to 148 about Romney.
He then defended the late-night comedians:
Let me go out on a limb and say I don’t think these hosts are politically biased — well, I’d make an exception for Dave [Letterman], he is leaning left these days. No wonder Romney won’t go on his show. But as far as the others, Obama is just not that easy to ridicule. Saturday Night Live has tried two impersonators, and still hasn’t nailed him. Whereas jokes about a rich guy with a 1950s lingo — well, gosh, golly, gee whiz, isn’t that hard to make people laugh. Keep this in mind, the fourth most joked about politician in the study, after all these years, is that man of outsized appetites, Bill Clinton.
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