Late-night talk show hosts are having a field day with the presidential candidates, and their jokes have become the subject of some rigorous study. The Center for Media and Public Affairs counted them. Both John McCain and Barack Obama get mocked, but it turns out that McCain gets mocked more.
Here's some political analysis of McCain from David Letterman: "They say that John McCain is 71, but people are now saying that he may be older. No one knows for sure, because his birth certificate was destroyed when the wagon train was attacked."
And Barack Obama has become a favorite subject of fake news anchor Jon Stewart, who apparently is giving some thought to the way Obama's supporters adore him: "After a quick meet-and-greet with King Abdullah, Obama was off to Israel, where he made a quick stop at the manger in Bethlehem, where he was born."
On late-night talk shows in the period studied, Obama was the subject of 169 jokes. Both McCain and Hillary Clinton were targeted more than 300 times. President Bush topped the list, with more than 400 jokes aimed at him.