Study: Late-Night Comedians Will Smash Record With Trump Jokes
A new study shows President Donald Trump will smash the record for most joked-about public figure on late-night television.
The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University analyzed the opening monologues of Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Trevor Noah and Jimmy Kimmel during Trump's first 100 days in office.
They found a total of 1,060 jokes about the 45th president, putting him on course for more than 2,000 jokes this year. The previous "target" record was set by President Bill Clinton (1,717 jokes) in 1998, when the Monica Lewinsky scandal dominated the headlines.
The center, which has tracked the statistics since 1992, counted more than 400 additional jokes about the Trump family or members of the administration.
Colbert led the way with 337 jokes about Trump, followed by Noah at 315, Fallon at 231 and Kimmel at 177.
The total through 100 days was already more than Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton faced in their entire first years.
Colbert drew criticism earlier this week for a crude, bleeped joke about Trump in which he said, "the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin's c--k holster."
Bernie Goldberg said on "America's Newsroom" today that Trump is a "dream come true" for a joke-writer and that the hosts were likely "praying" for him to win.
"In their personal lives, these late night comedians were rooting for Hillary Clinton. ... In their professional lives, they weren't rooting, they were praying Trump would win," he said.
But Goldberg said the endless stream of jokes comes from the comedians' dislike of Trump.
Watch the segment above.