Libs & Cons: David Letterman vs. Jay Leno -- your thoughts?

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Letterman or Leno?

  1. I lean Left and like Letterman better.

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  2. I lean Left and like Leno better.

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  3. I lean Right and like Letterman better.

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  4. I lean Right and like Leno better.

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  1. MastaG8r
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    Back in the day I was a David Letterman fan and liked his dry, acerbic brand of humor more than Jay Leno's corny, more jocular style. That was when Bill Clinton was giving them both plenty of relatively lighthearted material to work with.

    But after Bush came into office, Letterman's Liberal colors really started showing and his "jokes" about the President - a bi-partisan staple of late-night comedy since the Carson days - stopped being funny and topical and instead became mean-spirited and political. Since then he has devolved into a full-blown Liberal partisan hack who would be more at home on MSNBC primetime than CBS latenight.

    Truth be told Jay Leno probably also leans Left like most Hollywood types, but he is a very shrewd businessman. Recognizing an opening when Letterman started going more and more overtly Left with his monologue jokes about Republicans, Leno started counter-programming by making more pointed jokes at 0bama's expense.

    I haven't seen any polls or surveys on it but I suspect that at this point, Letterman's audience is skewed Left and Leno's is the opposite. I'm posting a little poll to see if that holds true on Too Hot, at least.

    If you consider yourself politically neutral or never watch either show then I didn't put a box for you to check, because no offense but you are irrelevant for purposes of this poll. LOL.

    What brought the topic to mind was that I came across this article today talking about how Leno's ratings are up whereas Letterman's are trending downward, and I was wondering if there might be any tie-in to the fact that MSNBC's ratings are also in the crapper lately.

    Could it be that for the same reason I avoid ESPN after one of my teams has a big loss, our friends on the Left avoid watching MSNBC when 0bama's approval rating is down...and Liberal cheerleaders like David Letterman lose some of their appeal when there is little to cheer about?
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    Don't watch either anymore but when I did I preferred Leno...
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    Yeah, truthfully i prefer the Conan. Hes a lefty, im sure, but as a teenager when i firat started watching him he was the only one with a modern enough sense of humor to make me laugh.
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    Mods, please delete, thanks.
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    I use to really enjoy Craig Kilborn if I could make it to his show...
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    I've never watched Leno, Letterman, or Conan. Stewart and Colbert are my hosts with the most.
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    Leno is clearly the better standup comedian.
    Once that's over, I prefer Letterman's interviews.
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    Prefer Letterman, but Craig Ferguson is the best of the late night hosts.
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    Letterman over Leno, but Kimmel over both.
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    I have never really watched letterman, I've never thought he was really funny. I like Leno, and lean right but I only really watched the first segment except for headlines.

    Plus Jay has a kick ass car selection, but David is (or was) a part owner in IRL (danica made him tons of $$)
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    does letterman even care anymore? Last few clips I have seen of him it looks like he is just going through the motions and the passion is gone.
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    I think he just wants out of the house.
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    I used to really like Letterman. But the last few years have been really bad. I quit watching. I don't recall watching a full episode of Leno.
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    All I can say at this point is that there are two liars that voted so far... :yes:
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    none of the above
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    Letterman's been phoning it in for at least the last 5-10 years. Leno is unwatchable.
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    Yeah I don't find either of these guys particularly funny, but I always thought Leno just catered to the kind of safe, hokey jokes that older folks find comfortable.

    Late night shows are arduous, and that includes Conan (who I once loved), Ferguson, Kimmel and Fallon.
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    I prefer jokes written by pros and delivered by a pro to continuous ironic self mockery which is not only a little old after 20 years but not that funny the 1st time.

    I'll take Leno.
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    Of the younger ones, I prefer Fallon. Slow jamming the news is a good bit. Ferguson can be funny.
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    Late night talk, like most of network tv, is a dinosaur.

    TCM has been replaying classic Carson interviews. It almost seems shocking to see a host actually listen to his guests and respond.

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