Although CBS Late Show host David Letterman has never been selective in his choices for who to lampoon, those who have watched the veteran comedian over the years can make a good case for suggesting that Republicans are the target of his ridicule more often than Democrats.
Observers now have even more fodder with which to peg Letterman as a partisan Republican basher. The TV host has admitted that he believes Republicans are “easier to make fun of.”
Letterman made the admission Tuesday evening on CNN’s Piers Morgan show. Regis Philbin, who was filling in for Morgan, asked Letterman near the end of the interview about criticism he has received for the partisanship that appears to fuel his political jokes.
While the talk show host denied any personal bias and declared his political independence, he admitted that he has appeared to engage in partisan politics.
But the reason Letterman says he seems to target Republicans more often is that they serve up the most comedic material. His ridicule of Republicans, thus, does not arise out of his political philosophy but his practice as a comedian to seize the easiest opportunities, according to Letterman.
Letterman’s claims, however, are difficult to square with the facts.
Nancy Pelosi’s claim about the ObamaCare legislation, “We have to pass the bill before we can see what’s in it,” is not a verbal aberration on part of the former House Speaker but an example of numerous statements she has made through the years that leave political observers raising their eyebrows and scratching their heads.
Harry Reid’s contention that paying taxes is “voluntary” could have been the target of Letterman and scores of comic routines among the funny men and women who make their rounds in comedy clubs. But Reid is rarely mentioned although he is the Senate Majority Leader.
Reid’s statement that he would do “cartwheels” down the aisle of the Senate if he could stop “Republican obstructionism” was ample fodder for the ridicule of conservative political pundits, but it never made it to the Letterman show.
And then there is Joe Biden. Hardly a paragraph goes by in a speech that Biden does not make a gaffe. Recently he referred to Mitt Romney as “President Romney” and to Barack Obama as “President Clinton.” He also stated that Obama “carries a big stick.”
Obama himself is known for uttering a major faux pas or two. Tuesday he claimed that political prisoners died in “Polish death camps” although they were actually Nazi camps the Germans had set up in Poland. And it was news to most Americans when he stated that the United States has “57 states.”
Most Americans also were surprised to discover that Obama has “two sons.” In two speeches over two days Obama made the same error. He has two daughters but no sons.
These are but a tiny sampling of errors on the part of Democrats that have sent conservatives into convulsive fits of laughter. Barney Frank, Sheila Jackson Lee, Charles Rangel, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Maxine Waters, Alan Grayson, Pete Stark, and others have provided a steady stream of opportunities for Letterman to launch into his characteristic sarcasm.
But Letterman ignores these opportunities while claiming that Republicans are easier to ridicule. This fact alone calls into question Letterman’s claim that he is nonpartisan.
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