NBC Got Rid of Leno Because of Obama Jokes-Fiction!
NBC Got Rid of Leno Because of Obama Jokes-Fiction!Summary of eRumor:
A number of political blogs and websites have reported that the Obama administration pressured NBC to replace Jay Leno as the “Tonight Show” host because the comedian repeatedly made fun of the president.The Truth: This eRumor is false because Jay Leno’s replacement, Jimmy Fallon, has historically been a more consistent critic of the president and congressional Democrats than Leno was.
Democrats were the butt of 713 jokes made by late-night talk show hosts in the first half of 2013, and nearly 300 of those jokes targeted Obama, according to an August 2013 study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs.
“Jimmy Fallon was the toughest on Democrats, with over three times as many jokes about Democrats (240) as Republicans (76),” the study concluded.
It would defy logic for the White House to advocate for a personnel move that brought a more consistent critic of the president and the Democratic agenda to the “Tonight Show.”
An NBC executive said the 62-year-old Leno was replaced by the 38-year-old Fallon to attract younger viewers, according to a Washington Post article.Posted 07/21/14
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
WHY NBC GOT RID OF THE FUNNIEST MAN ON LATE NIGHT – JAY LENO
News is leaking out from Hollywood executives in-the-know that the Obama White House had been leaning on, pressuring executives at NBC for the last two years to replace Jay Leno because the comedian was criticizing President Obama every night. Obama didn’t like it and considered it a racist attack on him.
Since his inauguration in Jan. 2009 Obama had enjoyed three years of very, very friendly routines from all the late night comics on ABC, CBS, and Leno at NBC – there was no criticism at all.
But after data came to light that $100’s of millions had been spent on First Family vacations during a recession, Mrs. Obama’s unpopular new laws that changed food in America’s schools and other negative news including the disastrous Obamacare rollout & website mess, Jay Leno took his comedy to a different level and his ratings skyrocketed – none of the other comics were so bold.
THESE ONE-LINERS MIGHT BE THE REASON NBC GOT RID OF THE FUNNIEST MAN ON LATE NIGHT – JAY LENO
Of course NBC was on board when Jay Leno went after Republican George W. Bush every night for 8 years but they couldn’t stomach the fact that Leno’s jokes about Obama were always right on target about the first black president…and left-leaning Democrat executives at NBC were being harassed by Obama himself who thought the comedy was a racist attack on him.
GOLDEN OLDIES FROM JAY: “I was going to start off tonight with an Obama joke, but I don’t want to get audited by the IRS.”
On NSA surveillance: “We wanted a president who listens to all Americans – now we have one.”
On a new IRS commissioner: “He’s called ‘acting commissioner’ because he has to act like the scandal doesn’t involve the White House.”
On closing the Guantanamo prison for terrorists: “If he really wants to close it, turn it into a government-funded solar power company. The doors will be shut in a month.”
Concerning the Benghazi, Associated Press, and IRS scandals: “Remember in the old days when President Obama’s biggest embarrassment was Joe Biden?”
On Obama saying he didn’t know about the IRS scandal: “He was too busy not knowing anything about Benghazi to not know anything about the IRS.”
“The White House has a new slogan about Benghazi : Hope and change the subject.”
“It’s casual Friday, which means that at the White House, they’re casually going through everybody’s phone calls and records.”
“It is not looking good for President Obama. Today his teleprompter took the fifth.”
“Fox News has changed its slogan from ‘Fair and Balanced’ to ‘See, I told you so!'”
On Obama’s commencement address: “He told the young graduates their future is bright unless, of course, they want jobs.”
On a Chicago man who set a record for riding a Ferris wheel: “The only other way to go around and around in a circle that many times is to read the official report on Benghazi.”
On White House claims of ignorance on the scandals: “They took ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ out of the Pentagon and moved it into the White House.”
Now the last and I think best!– “These White House scandals are not going away anytime soon. It’s gotten so bad that People in Kenya are now saying he’s 100 percent American.”