The Political Content of Late Night Comedy

@article{Niven2003ThePC,
  title={The Political Content of Late Night Comedy},
  author={David Niven and S. Robert Lichter and Daniel Amundson},
  journal={The International Journal of Press/Politics},
  year={2003},
  volume={8},
  pages={118 - 133}
}
During the 2000 national election season, there was unprecedented attention paid by the media, and by presidential campaigns, to the political content of late night comedy shows such as the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Late Show with David Letterman. Focusing on the more than thirteen thousand jokes about U.S. political figures from 1996 to 2000 on late night comedy talk shows, this study explores the choice of targets and subjects of political humor. The authors find that late night… 

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