DOLLAR: Today’s Johnny Carson

Jimmy Fallon’s Surprising Centrist Style – The Daily Beast

From slow jamming the news with Obama to playing musical instruments with Palin, Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show has become the late night destination for red and blue alike.

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When Jimmy Fallon took over six weeks ago, the fear was he would join the chorus and pick a side—one that skews younger and more liberal—thereby closing the only avenue conservative politicians trust to appear on in the late night realm. But Fallon and those advising him are far too savvy and smart for that line of thinking. The new Tonight Show host—who has gotten off to as good a start as anyone could have imagined—has embraced the Johnny Carson mantra of being an equal opportunity offender in an effort to not potentially alienate half his audience.

[…] what Jimmy Fallon has accomplished in terms of political perception is nothing short of amazing: Being embraced by members of both parties as a non-political, non-partisan host who can make even the most polarizing politician appealing—funny, in some cases—even to his or her biggest detractors.

In the nasty world of Letterman/Stewart/Colbert — Jimmy Fallon, like Johnny Carson, is a class act.

2 Responses to DOLLAR: Today’s Johnny Carson

  1. Sharpshooter April 23, 2014 at 10:46 pm #

    Aside from the fact that Jimmy has the mind of an adolescent…

  2. Steven Smith April 24, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    Letterman is a bold roaring lion when poking fun at, if not being cruel to republicans, but is near silent or mild when criticizing democrats. Ah, the power of the the fear of vindictiveness.

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