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Jimmy Fallon, Democrat Political Asset
Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2014 | Brent Bozell

Posted on 02/21/2014 5:40:24 AM PST by Kaslin

The Obamas have had few more obsequious media allies than NBC's Jimmy Fallon. Now that he's taking over the hallowed ground of "The Tonight Show," Fallon's proven ability to spread his reach into viral videos on YouTube promises to become even more politically potent.

Fallon's Obama-friendly sketches and interviews have become immediate "news" grist for the Comcast corps at NBC and MSNBC. The same sensation happens when Fallon is ripping into a Republican.

Just as NBC and MSNBC were tearing Gov. Chris Christie apart over "Bridgegate," Fallon joined this political crusade by bringing on liberal rock star Bruce Springsteen for a jokey version of the hit "Born to Run."

Fallon and Springsteen sang clumsy lyrics that Christie was "killing the working man who is stuck in Governor Chris Christie's Fort Lee, New Jersey traffic jam." The YouTube video went viral, while the media played it up as another nail in the coffin they were building for Christie's career.

The NBC press agents are trying to paper over Fallon's political tilt. A Parade Magazine profile on Feb. 16 oozed that Fallon "persuaded Brad Pitt to yodel, President Obama and Mitt Romney to 'slow jam the news,' and Tom Cruise to crack raw eggs on his noggin." But why pretend?

In 2012, Fallon's "slow jam" with Obama featured the president trying to sell his allegedly wonderful plans for college loans, and Fallon followed up by uttering in a low voice, "Awww yeah. You should listen to the president. Or as I like to call him, the Preezy of the United Steezy."

After Obama trotted out campaign attacks against Republicans, accusing them for raising interest rates on students to keep taxes low for billionaires, Fallon added: "Mmm, mmm, mmm. The Barack Ness Monster ain't buying it." Singer Tariq Trotter then sang in tribute: "He's the POTUS with the mostest!"

Fallon ended this spectacle later by stating the ridiculous: "We don't take sides politically on this show." It's worse than that. Obama invited himself. Fallon excitedly described on "Today" afterward how "the White House called us" about doing the skit. Matt Lauer asked: "He booked himself on your show?" Fallon gushed: "The president booked himself."

Try to imagine a conservative Republican attempting to pull this off.

Fallon has been especially eager to help Michelle Obama promote her image. On Feb. 7, 2012, he aired a "Let's Move" video in the East Room of the White House, featuring a slow-motion potato sack race with the first lady to the soundtrack of "Chariots of Fire." (She won, of course.) On Feb. 22, 2013, Fallon dressed as a woman to dance with Michelle and illustrate "The Evolution of Mom Dancing." That video went viral. During that show, Fallon even asked if Michelle would run with Hillary Clinton for president: "Can I ask you another thing to think about -- I said it here first - Dream Team, Michelle and Hillary '16."

That suggestion actually isn't new. As the Democratic convention closed in 2012, he performed a James Taylor impression on his show, singing the hit "Fire and Rain" with the joke title "Romney and Bain." The Huffington Post boasted: "It's also a pretty explicit endorsement of the Obama campaign, with the lyric, 'So I'll prob'ly vote Obama again,' right there in the refrain." Not only that, but Fallon sang that in 2016, he'd vote for "the Dream Team, Michelle and Hillary."

When Romney appeared to "slow jam the news" a few weeks ago, Fallon just "had" to make fun of his gaffes. Romney explained: "I'm not running again. There are a lot of great candidates for 2016, and I'll be supporting the Republican nominee 100 percent." Fallon shot back: "Don't you mean 47 percent?" Romney replied, "That's a low blow -- but it's pretty funny." Fallon said, "I had to do it."

He's right. That's what comedians do. So why can't he do likewise with Obama?

Romney's response was classy and brings up the obvious point just made in a New York magazine interview by longtime "Saturday Night Live" boss Lorne Michaels, who is helping to run both the Fallon show and the new Seth Meyers show after him on NBC. When asked about the rules for political satire, Michaels replied: "Republicans are easier for us than Democrats. Democrats tend to take it personally; Republicans think it's funny."

Republicans can laugh at themselves, even when they're being mocked. Not Democrats. They have thin skin because they expect every comedian to fall at their feet -- like Fallon does with the Obamas.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: comedy; dncstrategy; fallon; hollywood; libralmedia
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1 posted on 02/21/2014 5:40:24 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I stopped watching the Tonight Show when Johnny Carson left. I might have seen bits and pieces of the show with Leno when he’d have someone on I was interested in. I suspect now I have watched my last Tonight Show. I don’t find Fallon funny at all.


2 posted on 02/21/2014 5:43:52 AM PST by JaguarXKE (1973: Reporters investigate All the President's Men. 2013: Reporters ARE all the President's men)
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                           if you think it's hyperbole, you're not paying attention

3 posted on 02/21/2014 5:44:49 AM PST by tomkat
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To: JaguarXKE

Dittos to your comment!

BTW:I believe Leno was also a LIB..


4 posted on 02/21/2014 5:45:44 AM PST by Las Vegas Dave (The democRATic party preys on the ignorant..!)
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To: Kaslin

You couldn’t pay me to watch Fallon’s shitty show.


5 posted on 02/21/2014 5:47:18 AM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (I don't want to feel "safe." I want to feel FREE!)
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To: Kaslin
bringing on liberal rock star Bruce Springsteen...

Marxist rock star Bruce Springsteen. Anyone who supports Barry the way that putz does is 1000% Marxist. He should fly a huge flag of the hammer and sickle at his concerts.

6 posted on 02/21/2014 5:47:25 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: Kaslin

Barforama


7 posted on 02/21/2014 5:49:21 AM PST by uncitizen (Impeach the Communist Already!)
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To: Kaslin
Wasn't it on Fallon's show that Michelle Bachmann was insulted by his band The Roots?

Everyone is trying to figure out why Leno was taken off when he was at the peak of his ratings. I don't think we need to wonder.

8 posted on 02/21/2014 5:52:48 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Kaslin

What do you expect with Lorne Michaels producing? If he does with Jimmy what he has done with SNL it won’t last. But it will promote perversion, ridicule Christianity, and support liberals. In short, perfect propaganda for low information crowd who want to be cool. Jimmy is even getting a little old to be cool.


9 posted on 02/21/2014 5:53:32 AM PST by outinyellowdogcountry
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To: JaguarXKE

I don’t even know who this rump swab Fallon is. I am certainly not up in the middle of the night rotting my brain with television comedies and tampon commercials.


10 posted on 02/21/2014 5:54:59 AM PST by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: Kaslin

Jimmy Kimmel is now doing the heavy lifting by illustrating how low in info the Low Info Voter really is.


11 posted on 02/21/2014 5:55:49 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

Once the hype has filtered out... Jimmy will need to stand on his own. All we are seeing is others shielding him. Secondly, certainly immature & gets way too excited!


12 posted on 02/21/2014 6:00:14 AM PST by SIRTRIS
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To: Kaslin

The DemocRATS put people like Fallon out there in order to keep their low information, young skulls full of mush voters mushy.


13 posted on 02/21/2014 6:00:30 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (As government expands, liberty contracts. - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: Kaslin
Fallon's Obama-friendly sketches…

Jimmy Fellatio?

14 posted on 02/21/2014 6:08:14 AM PST by PGalt
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To: tomkat

President O needs to have government in with the writers of these shows, not just newsrooms to make sure they are funny and informative.


15 posted on 02/21/2014 6:12:54 AM PST by edcoil ( "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." - Blaise Pascal)
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To: Kaslin

Does anyone actually think NBC would have a conservative do this show? By the way, Moochelle is on tonight.


16 posted on 02/21/2014 6:13:17 AM PST by Rennes Templar
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Farmer Bruce. Isnt he one of the rich and famous that abused some small Farm loophole to get out of paying taxes.
Most Libs are scum.....er....All libs are scum.


17 posted on 02/21/2014 6:13:55 AM PST by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: Kaslin

Fallon’s a jerk who embraced trashy Joan Rivers giving classy Jay Leno the finger. Not watching here.


18 posted on 02/21/2014 6:15:06 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Kaslin

Fallon is not funny. He will fail.


19 posted on 02/21/2014 6:19:29 AM PST by BlueStateRightist (Government is best which governs least.)
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To: Kaslin

Somebody has to entertain the idiots who think that Sarah Palin and Tina Fey are the same person.


20 posted on 02/21/2014 6:21:03 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (As government expands, liberty contracts. - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Jimmy who?


21 posted on 02/21/2014 6:25:34 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: Kaslin

NBC/MSNBC What’s the difference?


22 posted on 02/21/2014 6:32:15 AM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: Kaslin

I can’t think of a more unfunny liberal so-called comedian than this fool. I hope the show sinks, and sinks fast.


23 posted on 02/21/2014 6:33:21 AM PST by laweeks
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To: Kaslin

Jimmy Kimmel is a superior comedic talent. Fallon is a unique improvisational talent, but falls flat when hosting a show.


24 posted on 02/21/2014 6:40:23 AM PST by montag813
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To: BlueStateRightist
He isn't even close to funny. His jokes suck as much as he does. I hope his ratings crash down on his smarmy ass.
25 posted on 02/21/2014 6:55:42 AM PST by peeps36 (I'm Not A Racist, I Hate Douchebags of All Colors)
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To: Kaslin

Could they have found a bigger boot licker than Jimmy Fallon. I think not.

He annoys the crap out of me. He always has this ridiculous smirk on his face. I’d like to slap it off! I guess he really cracks himself up. At least somebody thinks he’s funny.


26 posted on 02/21/2014 6:55:55 AM PST by Mrs. Frogjerk
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To: Kaslin

He’s a POS. That RedSox movie was pathetic. Don’t watch this tripe!


27 posted on 02/21/2014 6:56:50 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Mrs. Frogjerk

At Comcast (owner of NBC) the corporate motto is “ideology over profits”


28 posted on 02/21/2014 6:57:31 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: nascarnation

Yup! I totally agree!

Comcast is the new Pravda!


29 posted on 02/21/2014 6:59:20 AM PST by Mrs. Frogjerk
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To: nascarnation

Might also add that this is yet another reason to hate Comcast.


30 posted on 02/21/2014 7:00:46 AM PST by Mrs. Frogjerk
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To: Kaslin
Saint King Barack cannot be mocked. This was predicted when Obama got elected. All the so-called "cutting edge" comics could not bring themselves to say anything nasty about the first black president. But to be fair, these same comics have never criticized anything or anybody liberal. When was the last time you heard some comic, male or female, criticize any wacko feminists? O radical homos?

Even the greeting card industry hardly dares to rip Obama. When Dubya was prez, there were numerous "humorous" greeting cards ripping him. Now the King Barack is in charge, I have found few greeting cards that mock him.

31 posted on 02/21/2014 7:03:29 AM PST by driftless2
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To: Kaslin

Jimmy Kimmel is much more funny.


32 posted on 02/21/2014 7:10:05 AM PST by JSDude1 (Defeat Hagan, elect a Constutional Conservative: Dr. Greg Brannon!)
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To: Yorlik803

Oh that’s right, I forgot about that! You know everytime I read a story about someone being denied medical treatments because Obamacare has totally effed up their health insurance, I tell them to write Bruce Springsteen and demand he pay their medical costs. This guy wants to push a Marxist on the country, well then let’s see him “share the wealth”.


33 posted on 02/21/2014 7:10:17 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: BlueStateRightist

They should replace him with Bozell.


34 posted on 02/21/2014 7:23:05 AM PST by Lisbon1940
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To: JaguarXKE

...”I stopped watching the Tonight Show when Johnny Carson left. I might have seen bits and pieces of the show with Leno when he’d have someone on I was interested in. I suspect now I have watched my last Tonight Show. I don’t find Fallon funny at all”...

If he becomes a voice for the far-left in this country, then, that is the audience he will attract..Others will stop watching.


35 posted on 02/21/2014 7:33:44 AM PST by jazzlite (esat)
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To: Kaslin

Leno was too even handed for the Obamabastard so he had him removed.

Simple.


36 posted on 02/21/2014 7:34:41 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: Lisbon1940
Johnny Carson's writer said Obama is getting a free ride from ALL late night Shows

If Johnny were doing one now he would roast Obama every night.

37 posted on 02/21/2014 7:35:17 AM PST by scooby321
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To: Kaslin

I hope Kimmel destroys him.


38 posted on 02/21/2014 7:37:12 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: JSDude1
Jimmy Kimmel is much more funny.

Craig Ferguson is even better.

39 posted on 02/21/2014 7:37:41 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Kaslin

The Hollywood comedian types do not make fun of Obama in the manner in which they made fun of Bush. I assume it’s due to their liberalism.


40 posted on 02/21/2014 7:51:01 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego (TH)
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To: Kaslin

What would one expect? NBC is a CIA OP.


41 posted on 02/21/2014 7:53:22 AM PST by Rum Tum Tugger
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To: atc23
I don’t even know who this rump swab Fallon is

"Fever Pitch" 2005 with Drew Barrymore.

I don't give a sh!t about his politics. That is one of my favorite movies.

42 posted on 02/21/2014 9:07:36 AM PST by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: Kaslin

He has a mean look. He would sucker punch you.


43 posted on 02/21/2014 9:33:28 AM PST by minnesota_bound
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To: minnesota_bound

You think so? That said, I haven’t watched any of those late night shows in ages. They just don’t interest me, besides if I get tears in my eyes which usually happens around 9:00pm it means it’s bedtime for me


44 posted on 02/21/2014 10:25:00 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

I have never cared for Bruce Springsteen and I can’t his famous song


45 posted on 02/21/2014 10:27:00 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: skeeter

I couldn’t say, because I don’t watch him, or ever did


46 posted on 02/21/2014 10:28:12 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
Back in '86 I was a year out from graduating from college. My older brother was a die-hard BRUUUUUCE fan. This Bloom County cartoon was published that very year. Of course, I loved it... he failed to find the humor in it :)


47 posted on 02/21/2014 10:36:13 AM PST by SparkyBass
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To: atc23

“Rump Swab” LOLLOL. I must remember that one!


48 posted on 02/21/2014 12:27:39 PM PST by JaguarXKE (1973: Reporters investigate All the President's Men. 2013: Reporters ARE all the President's men)
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To: Kaslin

Jimmy Fallon?

Jimmy Shillin’ more like.


49 posted on 02/21/2014 9:46:15 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Kaslin

The article fails to mention how NBC was given $20 million tax break by NYC just to keep the Tonight Show in NYC. Meanwhile every New Yorker has to put up with the increasingly high taxes to pay for the Tonight Show. Of course, this is what they voted for.


50 posted on 02/22/2014 1:39:49 AM PST by HarleyD ("... letters are weighty, but his .. presence is weak, and his speech of no account.")
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