STUDY: 47 Liberals, ZERO Conservatives on Late Night During Fall Campaign


The late-night comedy scene has been reliably liberal for a very long time, however the 2022 midterm election was an everyday messaging machine for the Democrats, a NewsBusters study has revealed.

MRC analysts found that through the fall campaign, from Labor Day through the Monday night before Election Day, liberal guests outnumbered conservative guests 47 to 0. It was 100% liberal and/or Democrat.

The study checked out the day by day six late night comedy shows: ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show with James Corden, and Comedy Central’s The Every day Show with Trevor Noah. Fox’s Gutfeld! was not included. 

MRC analysts divided guests into two categories: partisan officials after which journalists and celebrities.

When it got here to the count of politicians, the count was 21 Democrats to 0 Republicans. Stephen Colbert led with seven, Noah was second with five, Meyers was third at 4, Fallon got here in fourth with three, and Corden and Kimmel tied for fifth with one.

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, and Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee Beto O’Rourke were the guests who appeared multiple times through the length of the study.

Interviews were typically very friendly. Jimmy Fallon joked with the Clintons about how Trump was terrible about keeping documents secure (completely avoiding Clinton security scandals). Seth Meyers began his Kamala Harris interview with this tribute: “You, as an administration, you’ve gotten achieved an awesome deal despite only having a 50/50 Senate.” 

When it got here to journalists and celebrities, the outcomes were 26 liberals to 0 conservatives. Stephen Colbert was probably the most partisan with eleven. Trevor Noah got here in second at seven. Meyers and Fallon were third at 3, and Kimmel and Corden again tied for fifth with one each.

Of the guests, CBS’s Gayle King, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, HBO’s John Oliver, and Latest York Times reporter Maggie Haberman each had multiple appearances. By outlet, CNN/CNN International led the best way with six (five current, after which past host Soledad O’Brien), while CBS and the Latest York Times tied for second with three. HBO, MSNBC, ABC, and PBS each had two, while NPR and Comedy Central each had one.

Nobody is surprised that Fox News had zero.

To see complete guest lists with links to previous NewsBusters blogs on those episodes, see below.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Alex Wagner, Tony Dokoupil, Gayle King, Nina Totenberg, George Stephanopoulos, Ken Burns, John Oliver, Clarissa Ward, Anderson Cooper, Maggie Haberman, Nikole-Hannah Jones, Pete Buttigieg, Samantha Power, Nancy Pelosi, Anthony Fauci, Cody Keenan, Elizabeth Warren, and Ernest Moniz.

TREVOR NOAH: George Stephanopoulos, Christiane Amanpour, Maggie Haberman, Michael Fanone, Chelsea Manning, Soledad O’Brien, Elizabeth Banks, Marty Walsh, Beto O’Rourke, Cori Bush, Stacey Abrams, and Raphael Warnock.

SETH MEYERS: Gayle King, John Oliver, Jake Tapper Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Kamala Harris, and Bernie Sanders.

JIMMY FALLON: Rachel Maddow, Trevor Noah, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Sigourney Weaver, and Jen Psaki.

JIMMY KIMMEL: David Letterman and Beto O’Rourke.

JAMES CORDEN: Yuval Noah Harai and Pete Buttigieg.

Methodology: The height of the campaign was defined as Labor Day, September 5, through the last pre-Election Day shows on November 7. Journalists were defined as either liberal or conservative without regard to the segment’s material. A star was defined as either a current or former fellow late night host, left-wing activist, or anyone famous that was on to explicitly speak about politics. If a celeb is thought to have strong political views, but didn’t discuss politics, they weren’t included.

A partisan official was defined as a current or previously elected politician, White House staffer, cabinet secretary, or any of their children who were on to debate political matters.

Interesting Cases: Jen Psaki was included under role as former White House press secretary, not her current role at MSNBC or her past role at CNN. George Stephanopoulos was included for his current role at ABC, not for his time within the Clinton Administration. Dr. Anthony Fauci, despite serving under each parties, was listed as a Democrat as a result of him taking over a recent role as President Biden’s chief medical advisor.

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