Skip to comments.Jimmy Fallon, Democrat Political Asset
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.
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 you think it's hyperbole, you're not paying attention
Dittos to your comment!
BTW:I believe Leno was also a LIB..
You couldn’t pay me to watch Fallon’s shitty show.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jimmy Kimmel is now doing the heavy lifting by illustrating how low in info the Low Info Voter really is.
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!
The DemocRATS put people like Fallon out there in order to keep their low information, young skulls full of mush voters mushy.
President O needs to have government in with the writers of these shows, not just newsrooms to make sure they are funny and informative.
Does anyone actually think NBC would have a conservative do this show? By the way, Moochelle is on tonight.
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.
Fallon’s a jerk who embraced trashy Joan Rivers giving classy Jay Leno the finger. Not watching here.
Fallon is not funny. He will fail.
Somebody has to entertain the idiots who think that Sarah Palin and Tina Fey are the same person.
NBC/MSNBC What’s the difference?
I can’t think of a more unfunny liberal so-called comedian than this fool. I hope the show sinks, and sinks fast.
Jimmy Kimmel is a superior comedic talent. Fallon is a unique improvisational talent, but falls flat when hosting a show.
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.
He’s a POS. That RedSox movie was pathetic. Don’t watch this tripe!
At Comcast (owner of NBC) the corporate motto is “ideology over profits”
Yup! I totally agree!
Comcast is the new Pravda!
Might also add that this is yet another reason to hate Comcast.
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.
Jimmy Kimmel is much more funny.
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”.
They should replace him with Bozell.
...”I stopped watching the Tonight Show when Johnny Carson left. I might have seen bits and pieces of the show with Leno when hed have someone on I was interested in. I suspect now I have watched my last Tonight Show. I dont 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.
Leno was too even handed for the Obamabastard so he had him removed.
If Johnny were doing one now he would roast Obama every night.
I hope Kimmel destroys him.
Craig Ferguson is even better.
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.
What would one expect? NBC is a CIA OP.
"Fever Pitch" 2005 with Drew Barrymore.
I don't give a sh!t about his politics. That is one of my favorite movies.
He has a mean look. He would sucker punch you.
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
I have never cared for Bruce Springsteen and I can’t his famous song
I couldn’t say, because I don’t watch him, or ever did
“Rump Swab” LOLLOL. I must remember that one!
Jimmy Shillin’ more like.
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.