Leno: Hey, Obama might be in trouble if journalists start asking questions

posted at 1:01 pm on November 30, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Via Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters, Jay Leno tries joking about the protective media bubble around the President … and falls victim to it.  On last night’s show, Leno noted that CBS became the first news agency besides Fox to wonder who changed the administration’s initial talking points for Susan Rice to avoid admitting that the attack on our Benghazi consulate that killed four Americans and chased us out of eastern Libya was a planned terrorist operation and not just a spontaneous demonstration prompted by a YouTube video.  Unfortunately, Leno’s audience seems unaware of the story to the point where hardly anyone got the joke:

“This week, CBS News became the first news organization besides Fox to ask President Obama ‘Who changed the Benghazi talking points?’” Leno teased.

“See, this is very dangerous to the White House if journalists should suddenly start asking real questions.”

Maybe it didn’t get very many laughs because it’s not a joke.  The joke has been the lack of curiosity among the media class about the circumstances that led to their broadcasting a false narrative on their Sunday talk shows and printed in the media for days after the administration knew perfectly well that the sacking of the consulate was no spontaneous event.

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Obama might also be in real trouble if he’s struck by lighting while in a movie theater. An even with a slighly greater chance of happening than journalists asking him potentially damaging questions.

Kataklysmic on November 30, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Maybe Jay will clear his head, but hopefully before Kalifornia crushes his entire car collection and then taxes him for the work.

LoganSix on November 30, 2012 at 1:06 PM

*event

Kataklysmic on November 30, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Leave Obama alone!
He’s doing the best he can!

RedManBlueState on November 30, 2012 at 1:11 PM

People still watch Leno?

JPeterman on November 30, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I get the sense Leno is starting to worrying about unchecked Democrats. He lives in California and if it doesn’t dawn on you there after they won supermajorities in the House and Senate then it isn’t ever on your radar.

To chnage subjects the Republicans should walk away from Obama’s demands realizing it won’t get worse for them than caving 2 years before the next election. I think everybody UNDERESTIMATES the blame the President is going to get on this raising of taxes.

Obama got a second chance based on his blaming Bush and people taking his word for it it is not a blank check and if he starts to act like he has a blank check he will see his once invincible popularity go into the 30′s.

To get back to this article. The joke by Leno is a sign he isn’t going to be giving a blank check this 4 years.

Conan on November 30, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Lol! Gotta love it, when the Obama Enemy media is the Butt of the joke! I wonder how it feels to know that No One believes or respects you? How does it feel to know that, “Used Car Salesmen, Telemarketers & Ambulance Chasing Lawyers”, are more believable & respected than you? So, Obama, “Enemy of America” media, how does it feel to know that Prostitutes are more respected than you?
For those of you that get it, get the message out there! The Fight against the “Obama Enemy of America media”, must make that turn, where the “New Media”, is the group getting the interviews & talking to politicians! The “Obama Enemy of America media”, must be marginalized, in the same manner it has attempted to do with any media member that doesn’t cow tow to the left!

http://www.paratisiusa.blogspot.com

God Bless America!

paratisi on November 30, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Who’s Ben, and why do we care if he’s gassy?

/State-owned media

rbj on November 30, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Barky The Dog-Eating Retard would be in trouble if someone asked him, “What is 3/8 – 4/10?”

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on November 30, 2012 at 1:16 PM

On Drudge right now:

“Jay Leno has taken an unexpected leave of absence from the Tonight Show to deal with personal issues.”

Bishop on November 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Who changed the initial talking points

Here is what I said on another thread:

Rice allegedly removed language from a Security Council resolution explicitly citing Rwanda and Uganda’s well-documented support to the M23, replacing it with the anodyne phrase, “outside support.”

Interesting. Just like the CIA report got changed. I wonder if she changed it? Obama did say she had nothing to do with the attack /security in Benghazi, but she most certainly could have changed the language in the report. She did it before. Just a thought.

Patriot Vet on November 30, 2012 at 12:30 PM
http://hotair.com/archives/2012/11/30/new-rice-controversy-business-ties-to-iran/

Patriot Vet on November 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

I think everybody UNDERESTIMATES the blame the President is going to get on this raising of taxes.

Conan on November 30, 2012 at 1:12 PM

I’ll admit I’m having a tough time envisioning ANY scenario where voters who thought Big Bird and Binders full of women were important issues ever blame Obama for a damn thing.

Kataklysmic on November 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

The joke by Leno is a sign he isn’t going to be giving a blank check this 4 years.

Conan on November 30, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Little late, don’tcha think?

98ZJUSMC on November 30, 2012 at 1:21 PM

The state of the media is truly sad.

If this was a Republican president, say George W. Bush, the NYT, CBS, NBC, ABC, WaPo, LA Time, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, CNN, etc.. would all have called for impeachment over the cover-up. Here, they dont even think it is important enough to cover.

milcus on November 30, 2012 at 1:21 PM

The audience didn’t laugh because the audience didn’t get it.

TimBuk3 on November 30, 2012 at 1:23 PM

I think I had a better shot at winning the Powerball than having journalists start asking Obama tough questions.

Doughboy on November 30, 2012 at 1:23 PM

….so sayeth Captain Obvious!

swanzoid on November 30, 2012 at 1:24 PM

I’ll admit I’m having a tough time envisioning ANY scenario where voters who thought Big Bird and Binders full of women were important issues ever blame Obama for a damn thing.

Kataklysmic on November 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

I will second that.

The electorate in general, and those that voted for Obama in particular, gets dumber by the minute. There really is no need to sugarcoat it. They were swayed by Big Bird and binders full of women. There is no way they blame their “lord and savior” for raising their taxes or getting them fired.

milcus on November 30, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Now that Obama’s in his final term – will comedians finally grow a pair are start telling more jokes about him?

22044 on November 30, 2012 at 1:24 PM

On Drudge right now:

“Jay Leno has taken an unexpected leave of absence from the Tonight Show to deal with personal issues.”

Bishop on November 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Made me look — I admit it. ;-)

Ed Morrissey on November 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM

The scandals can be understood with a look at CSI and the game shows.

The FBI didn’t go in since it would have gotten some interest from the press and public.

Libya is tough since people got killed and that generally calls for an absolute solution of the crime. TV has convinced folks of that.

The budget scandal is also being handled like the pop culture dictates: “Deal…No deal!”

They haven’t covered the economy from a editorial view lately. I know they will not look at the national debt in the budget debate since they can’t do math. This was also our president’s self admitted weakness but it is not a problem since it either puts people to sleep or gets them to toss fits and pols out of office. We can’t have that.

IlikedAUH2O on November 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Like that will ever happen.

Ward Cleaver on November 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM

how could the audience be aware of the story behind the joke? they were all in line to get their foodstamps and birth control and missed the story that was clearly presented on page 19 of the NYT.

teejk on November 30, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Made me look — I admit it. ;-)

Ed Morrissey on November 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM

I was skeptical…but I looked too.

22044 on November 30, 2012 at 1:27 PM

One of you tell me what difference the jokes make with our leader in the beginning of his second term.

Hurting a Dem in 2016?

The whole narrative will be modified by then.

IlikedAUH2O on November 30, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Leno’s audience seems unaware of the story to the point where hardly anyone got the joke:

Of course they’re “unaware” of the story. They get all their news from the alphabet soup crowd. The one’s on bended knee before their Obamassiah.

GarandFan on November 30, 2012 at 1:30 PM

I was skeptical…but I looked too.

22044 on November 30, 2012 at 1:27 PM

So did I.

JPeterman on November 30, 2012 at 1:32 PM

The electorate in general, and those that voted for Obama in particular, gets dumber by the minute. There really is no need to sugarcoat it. They were swayed by Big Bird and binders full of women. There is no way they blame their “lord and savior” for raising their taxes or getting them fired.

milcus on November 30, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Once again, a daily reminder:

Dear Leader won an alltime record 70% of the high school dropout vote in 2008.

This time, he did even better. Much better, in fact, according to CNN:

HS Dropout Vote for O’bamna, 2012:

PA: 82%

CA: 80%

NV: 73%

Del Dolemonte on November 30, 2012 at 1:33 PM

On Drudge right now:

“Jay Leno has taken an unexpected leave of absence from the Tonight Show to deal with personal issues.”

Bishop on November 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Made me look — I admit it. ;-)

Ed Morrissey on November 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM

me too … heheh

:D

conservative tarheel on November 30, 2012 at 1:33 PM

I saw that clip earlier and all I could think is I would have been more impressed if Leno had been outspoken about the president and the media’s shortcomings over the past few years, but now it just seems a little late. Maybe now that the election is over he thinks it’s safe to joke about more substantial issues and not have to tiptoe around the truth that this president IS one big joke.

scalleywag on November 30, 2012 at 1:33 PM

We don’t have media in this country, we have DNC propaganda outlets.

Rebar on November 30, 2012 at 1:34 PM

the reason most missed it … there so no indepth coverage on american idol
or entertainment tonite …

conservative tarheel on November 30, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Yeah, like that’s ever going to happen. What’s wrong Jay? Obama decline to appear on your show now that he’s been reelected?

totherightofthem on November 30, 2012 at 1:35 PM

A real time truth ticker run by independent reviewers would a real damper on media corruption.

Speakup on November 30, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Made me look — I admit it. ;-)

Ed Morrissey on November 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Me too. Bishop!

dogsoldier on November 30, 2012 at 1:38 PM

The audience didn’t laugh because the audience doesn’t have a clue – thanks to our (cough) mainstream media.

TarheelBen on November 30, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I’ll admit I’m having a tough time envisioning ANY scenario where voters who thought Big Bird and Binders full of women were important issues ever blame Obama for a damn thing.

Kataklysmic on November 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Completely agree. We just got through an election cycle where concern over a slutty law student’s not having to pay for contraception became a rallying point for the left. These are not the people wearing big-person pants and holding legitimate views of the world. So long as their government checks arrive in the designated amount that is their “right” they really won’t care about taxes because they pay none.

That is why I think the GOP should drive over that fiscal cliff and cause liquidity problems for the rat-eared wonder. A couple of missed goverment checks, no food stamps, and these people might start looking for employment and/or seeing this rat-eared fraud for what he is.

Happy Nomad on November 30, 2012 at 1:40 PM

I think Bishop’s taking a victory lap at the moment.

Jabberwock on November 30, 2012 at 1:41 PM

This time, he did even better. Much better, in fact, according to CNN:

Del Dolemonte on November 30, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Why wouldn’t he? HS dropouts generally work in meaningless jobs, take government assistance in its many forms, pay no taxes, and generally have no real stake in society. They are the epitome of Obama’s base of takers and moochers. Why? because none of what is going on affects them personally.

Happy Nomad on November 30, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Made me look — I admit it. ;-)

I was going to after I finished reading the posts here. Good thing I didn’t it appears!
L

letget on November 30, 2012 at 1:45 PM

I’ll admit I’m having a tough time envisioning ANY scenario where voters who thought Big Bird and Binders full of women were important issues ever blame Obama for a damn thing.

Kataklysmic on November 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

How about the braindeads that actually believed that the GOP wants to take away tampons?

Never underestimate the stupidity of the average person.

kim roy on November 30, 2012 at 1:46 PM

bishop empties his net

Rio Linda Refugee on November 30, 2012 at 1:46 PM

On Drudge right now:

“Jay Leno has taken an unexpected leave of absence from the Tonight Show to deal with personal issues.”

Bishop on November 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Made me look — I admit it. ;-)

Ed Morrissey on November 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM

I was tempted. The sad thing is that it is believable and if it did happen none of us would be surprised.

Well done, Bishop.

kim roy on November 30, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Yeah, like that’s ever going to happen. What’s wrong Jay? Obama decline to appear on your show now that he’s been reelected?

totherightofthem on November 30, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Oh now, Jay has more class than Bill O’Reilly.

kim roy on November 30, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Unfortunately, Leno’s audience seems unaware of the story to the point where hardly anyone got the joke

Leno would be well-advised not to waste a joke about 300 dead Mexicans because the audience would just be scratching their heads. Or about a White House budget that no DEMOCRAT would even vote for. Or about the fundamentalist muslim dictator that Obama helped to put in power in place of an ally. Or the billions wasted on green energy scam artists by the Obama administration and its feckless effort to “pick winners” in the economy. Or the trillions in new debt racked up by Obama since he took office. Or about Obama’s promise to Putin about having “more flexibility” after his re-election. Or about Obama abandoning our surrounded Marines on the roof of a building in Benghazi while he got jiggy wit’ Jay-Z and Beyonce in Hollywood. I could go on.

Hey Jay, try a few jokes about Anne Romney’s dancing horse. Thanks to the ever-vigilant Watchdog Media, everyone knows about that.

Cicero43 on November 30, 2012 at 1:49 PM

LENO?……seriously?

We get all our news with Rhett and Link (on Good Mythical Morning) the successor to Colbert and Jon Stewart.

Who is this Leno person you speak of?

PappyD61 on November 30, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Bishop on November 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Made me look — I admit it. ;-)

Ed Morrissey on November 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Doh……… Ed got Bishoped…. o_O

SWalker on November 30, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Maybe it didn’t get very many laughs because it’s not a joke.

Oh, it most certainly is a joke, Ed. You know full-well that comedy often involves taking tragedy and making light of it, which is EXACTLY what Leno did. He clearly belittles Benghazi questions and was making fun of Fox, Repubs, and Americans for asking about Obama’s Watergate, which Leno and his pals in the pro-Dem media seek to protect Obama/Hillary/Rice et al., from political damage over the fallout.

“Very dangerous”=”Oh noes!”
“Real questions”=”Pfft!”

See AP for a refresher in snarcasm.

Christien on November 30, 2012 at 1:53 PM

bishop empties his net

Rio Linda Refugee on November 30, 2012 at 1:46 PM

ROTFLMAO…He’ll be emptying that net all day… Hope he doesn’t strain his back sorting out his catch… ;p

SWalker on November 30, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Oh now, Jay has more class than Bill O’Reilly.

kim roy on November 30, 2012 at 1:49 PM

True, that’s a pretty low bar to clear.

22044 on November 30, 2012 at 1:53 PM

That is why I think the GOP should drive over that fiscal cliff and cause liquidity problems for the rat-eared wonder. A couple of missed goverment checks, no food stamps, and these people might start looking for employment and/or seeing this rat-eared fraud for what he is.

Happy Nomad on November 30, 2012 at 1:40 PM

I think they will come looking for the Republicans that Obama and the media told them were to blame.

Kataklysmic on November 30, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Oh now, Jay has more class than Bill O’Reilly.

kim roy on November 30, 2012 at 1:49 PM

True, that’s a pretty low bar to clear.

22044 on November 30, 2012 at 1:53 PM

But a damned tough one to limbo under… ;p

SWalker on November 30, 2012 at 1:54 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAcbhtDPbl0

For those of you with Tweens, you probably already know about this.

Remember life before the Internet when you had to depend on ABC/CBS/NBC and PBS for childrens programming?

Remember when comedy was Johnny Carson and Carnac the Magnificient?

Remember when you actually had time to sit down for 90 minutes and read the Sunday morning paper?

Yeah, me neither………….FORWARD!

PappyD61 on November 30, 2012 at 1:54 PM

But a damned tough one to limbo under… ;p

SWalker on November 30, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Ha – I got pwned…

22044 on November 30, 2012 at 1:56 PM

With his exotic automobile collection, he is worried the Ds will go ahead and try the trippling of the car tax again.

kurtzz3 on November 30, 2012 at 1:57 PM

“Journalists”? What journalists? Where are these “journalists” of which he speaks?

For the most part all I see are liberal and leftist propagandists who support Dear Leader. Sure, they are calling themselves “journalists”. They are lying. For the greater good, of course, as they see it.

Is there really much difference at all between Alec Baldwin and most of the MSM “journalists”? Or between them and Nancy Pelosi? Or them and DWS? Or them and Oliver Stone? They are all members of the same tribe.

farsighted on November 30, 2012 at 1:59 PM

“Journalists”? What journalists? Where are these “journalists” of which he speaks?

For the most part all I see are liberal and leftist propagandists who support Dear Leader. Sure, they are calling themselves “journalists”. They are lying. For the greater good, of course, as they see it.

Is there really much difference at all between Alec Baldwin and most of the MSM “journalists”? Or between them and Nancy Pelosi? Or them and DWS? Or them and Oliver Stone? They are all members of the same tribe.

farsighted on November 30, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Edward R Murrow was the last of that genotype, there have been none since his passing.

SWalker on November 30, 2012 at 2:01 PM

“See, this is very dangerous to the White House if journalists should suddenly start asking real questions.”

Heck, if Jay would have said this in front of an audience full of Hot Air commenters, he probably would have received a standing ovation.
The laugh from the audience sounded like they were pretending to get the joke…but they really didn’t.

lynncgb on November 30, 2012 at 2:04 PM

SWalker on November 30, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Ha – I got pwned…

22044 on November 30, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Heh heh heh, I’m just pickin up the stragglers that Bishop missed… ;p

SWalker on November 30, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Bishop on November 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

I looked twice.

docflash on November 30, 2012 at 2:12 PM

This time, he did even better. Much better, in fact, according to CNN:

Del Dolemonte on November 30, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Why wouldn’t he? HS dropouts generally work in meaningless jobs, take government assistance in its many forms, pay no taxes, and generally have no real stake in society. They are the epitome of Obama’s base of takers and moochers. Why? because none of what is going on affects them personally.

Happy Nomad on November 30, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Funny how all we hear about are the folks at the other end of the IQ level, like this steaming heap:

Well, it happened again: As in 2008, Barack Obama won those voters with a post-graduate degree by a huge margin on Tuesday — 13 points. That’s smaller than the 18-point margin that Obama achieved in 2008, but still substantial.

Why do the most educated Americans vote Democratic?

Del Dolemonte on November 30, 2012 at 2:14 PM

May all the journalists suffocate from what they eat, Obama’s sh*t. It’s not Beluga caviar, you utter fools.

You don’t deserve to work/live like you do. You are for dictatorships.

Have any of you, including Obama, denounced Morsi’s power grab, yet?

Schadenfreude on November 30, 2012 at 2:18 PM

The laugh from the audience sounded like they were pretending to get the joke…but they really didn’t.

lynncgb on November 30, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Because they are sheep. If you were to believe the MSM, the rat-eared wonder is doing an exceptional job, is completely transparent, is trying to be bipartisan but is constantly thwarted by those evil Republicans, and Benghazi is something you rub on your elbow after playing too much tennis.

Happy Nomad on November 30, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Again, the thrust of Leno’s joke is that Benghazi questions aren’t “real,” and that anyone who thinks Obama/Hillary/Rice should be in trouble over the debacle is stupid.

Christien on November 30, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Funny how all we hear about are the folks at the other end of the IQ level, like this steaming heap:

Well, it happened again: As in 2008, Barack Obama won those voters with a post-graduate degree by a huge margin on Tuesday — 13 points. That’s smaller than the 18-point margin that Obama achieved in 2008, but still substantial.

Why do the most educated Americans vote Democratic?

Del Dolemonte on November 30, 2012 at 2:14 PM

They’re the other side of the coin. I’ve met people who were book brilliant but needed help to tie their shoes and get across the street.

All that is (generalizing) are people who managed to memorize and regurgitate the program they were taking.

They’re just the people who had the money and time and wherewithal to go through higher education. Doesn’t mean they have the sense or intelligence to actually think. Sometimes quite the opposite as they’ve been given what to think and practiced regurgitating whatever professor’s viewpoint is.

kim roy on November 30, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Shorter Leno: Benghazi questions and those asking them are stupid and won’t hurt Obama, Hillary, or Rice’s careers one iota.

Christien on November 30, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Unfortunately, Leno’s audience seems unaware of the story to the point where hardly anyone got the joke:

Oh, they know, they just don’t like having the charade of their king and his lapdogs pointed out.

clearbluesky on November 30, 2012 at 2:34 PM

I’ll admit I’m having a tough time envisioning ANY scenario where voters who thought Big Bird and Binders full of women were important issues ever blame Obama for a damn thing.

Kataklysmic on November 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

If the GOP would let events take their course it won’t be long before their attitudes get adjusted, at least they’ll be as mad as we are.

I’m back to fighting for the country. Make them live by Obama’s sequester. Do not raise the debt ceiling. Do not participate in any plan to increase spending. When taxes go up revenue will fall and a good segment of the 47% will have skin in the game again. If dems come back with tax cuts for the middle class and below vote present.

It will be awesome to watch the media try to protect a guy that spent a month long vacation and $4 million while the deal falls apart. Make him pull out his threat to withhold SS again. That should make for some relaxing time on the beach for him.

Let’s get this party started!

DanMan on November 30, 2012 at 2:35 PM

I’m back to fighting for the country. Make them live by Obama’s sequester. Do not raise the debt ceiling. Do not participate in any plan to increase spending.

DanMan on November 30, 2012 at 2:35 PM

I’m with you on the continuing to fight thing. I just don’t see anyone who voted to reelect Obama ever admitting they effed up.

Kataklysmic on November 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM

You moved the goal post on me Kat. As soon as they feel some pain they will blame somebody. They have worn out the GOP for that for two years and are feeling their oats right now. Once the pain hits they will get itchy while Obama keeps his smirk as the spiral that is so predictable occurs. It will become obvious to them that that is what Obama wants.

I think they will blame Obama before they admit they made a mistake. There is a lot of available money that is parked and will remain that way until sanity is reintroduced.

DanMan on November 30, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Leno is despised by liberals and has been a long time. That’s because he’s a mainstream Democrat rather than a hard-left radical like Maher or Letterman.

His hint here that the press is biased will go nowhere. It’s a tiny ripple in an ocean of larger waves. It’s nothing to get excited about. Since he got no laughs, it’ll be a while before he tries this joke or something similar again.

Burke on November 30, 2012 at 3:07 PM

I’ll admit I’m having a tough time envisioning ANY scenario where voters who thought Big Bird and Binders full of women were important issues ever blame Obama for a damn thing.
Kataklysmic on November 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

The voters who bought that line also have no understanding that the President doesn’t run things. My experience of the low information voter is that they think the President is in charge of what is happening at some point for even Obama. Second I am of a different opinion on being at the bottom. Being at the bottom makes you in a sense bullet-proof. Why does anyone think that the people who just survived the Obama voters in 2012 in the House and Senate are going to feel a wrath in the midterms?

Conan on November 30, 2012 at 3:09 PM

The laugh from the audience sounded like they were pretending to get the joke…but they really didn’t.

lynncgb on November 30, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Or more likely, they didn’t want to laugh too loudly for fear that an Obamabot might hear them and turn them in to dear leader.

Sterling Holobyte on November 30, 2012 at 3:13 PM

It was Obowma who said “come after me” and not to attack Susan Rice. An admission by Obowma that he was the one who requested the changes to the report and sent out Rice to lie about a terrorist attack to further spread the lie about Al Qaeda being decimated for political reasons.

dthorny on November 30, 2012 at 3:15 PM

His hint here that the press is biased will go nowhere. It’s a tiny ripple in an ocean of larger waves. It’s nothing to get excited about. Since he got no laughs, it’ll be a while before he tries this joke or something similar again.

Burke on November 30, 2012 at 3:07 PM

I think Leno is saying something that would go undetected in the MSM.

At some point the moderate Democrat knows the country needs a direction and that this non-confrontational style of the press is leading to lazy or ineffective leadership.

We assume they are all fire-eaters on the left. There are guys with liberal social views like Leno who understand that the country is going on 4 years of a bad economy and there needs to be some push back from basically doing nothing but sucking up to Obama.

Once again I go back to Bush in 2004. People on your own side start to turn in the second term. Excuses are not the same as they were before and re-election isn’t an excuse either. People don’t want change anymore from Bush they want improvement.

Conan on November 30, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Don’t worry about their asking questions. You need a brain to think up questions; eliminates reporters. The second rule is that you never question those that pay your salary.

Old Country Boy on November 30, 2012 at 3:23 PM

I think the audience got it, but the “real questions” line sounds more like the lead-up to a punchline rather than a punchline itself. The audience was waiting for “Next thing you know…” and then something funnier than I can come up with right now.

bmmg39 on November 30, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Why didn’t the audience laugh? Three reasons……

1-Its Chinatown/L.A. Jake.

2-They have been so brainwashed by the media they don’t realize they have been brainwashed.

3-Its the equivelent of Brian Williams doing a story about how the media doesn’t ask Obama tough questions. Coming from him, its just bewildering.

Lets face it, Jay Leno could have said the same joke only replacing journalism and tough questions with comediens and funny jokes. The audience may have noticed the irony in that before they noticed the humor in the actual joke. So they were thinking about irony and Leno instead of laughing.

KMav on November 30, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Okay, so, why did you vote for him, Jay?

Pork-Chop on November 30, 2012 at 3:41 PM

So, Leno’s audience came over from the Oprah show?

Mr. Arrogant on November 30, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Trial balloon.

“Can I make obvious jokes about President Obama now? No? Never mind.”

But at least Leno made the effort.

tom on November 30, 2012 at 4:29 PM

I get the sense Leno is starting to worrying about unchecked Democrats. He lives in California and if it doesn’t dawn on you there after they won supermajorities in the House and Senate then it isn’t ever on your radar.

To chnage subjects the Republicans should walk away from Obama’s demands realizing it won’t get worse for them than caving 2 years before the next election. I think everybody UNDERESTIMATES the blame the President is going to get on this raising of taxes.

Obama got a second chance based on his blaming Bush and people taking his word for it it is not a blank check and if he starts to act like he has a blank check he will see his once invincible popularity go into the 30′s.

To get back to this article. The joke by Leno is a sign he isn’t going to be giving a blank check this 4 years.

Conan on November 30, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Always nice to hear comments from one of Jay’s competitors….

tom on November 30, 2012 at 4:34 PM

On Drudge right now:

“Jay Leno has taken an unexpected leave of absence from the Tonight Show to deal with personal issues.”

Bishop on November 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Made me look — I admit it. ;-)

Ed Morrissey on November 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM

O man. Bishop actually caught Ed.

There will be no living with him now.

Axe on November 30, 2012 at 4:59 PM

On Drudge right now:

“Jay Leno has taken an unexpected leave of absence from the Tonight Show to deal with personal issues.”

Bishop on November 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Made me look — I admit it. ;-)

Ed Morrissey on November 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Thanks for the laff…almost cost me a laptop though…

lovingmyUSA on November 30, 2012 at 5:35 PM

On Drudge right now:
“Jay Leno has taken an unexpected leave of absence from the Tonight Show to deal with personal issues.”

Bishop on November 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Made me look — I admit it. ;-)

Ed Morrissey on November 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Heh

ladyingray on November 30, 2012 at 6:00 PM

On Drudge right now:

“Jay Leno has taken an unexpected leave of absence from the Tonight Show to deal with personal issues.”

Bishop on November 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Made me look — I admit it. ;-)

Ed Morrissey on November 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM

me too … heheh

:D

conservative tarheel on November 30, 2012 at 1:33 PM

At least I wasn’t over there all by myself. :-)

Solaratov on November 30, 2012 at 6:55 PM

I’ll admit I’m having a tough time envisioning ANY scenario where voters who thought Big Bird and Binders full of women 5 trillion in new debt were not important issues ever blame Obama for a damn thing.

Kataklysmic on November 30, 2012 at 1:17 PM

+50% debt under 1 president, and it was not an issue for over half the country. I feel like I’m living in Bizaro world, or an insane asylum. And that was just one of many issues that in a rational and well reported world ought to have crushed Obama. I could rant for pages, or reproduce 4 years of the best of Hotair, and the vast majority does not care. I’m at a loss to know what they care about, much less what could be so worthy. (Aside from the sacrament of abortion.)

AnotherOpinion on November 30, 2012 at 9:44 PM

I could deal with my coutry voting for Obama once. But this empty suit has maintained the strong delusion for 4 years, and that is what I think will be the ruin of USA.

AnotherOpinion on November 30, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Leno: Hey, Obama might be in trouble if journalists start asking questions

…imagine that!

KOOLAID2 on November 30, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Everybody tossing “attaboys” at Jay, here, ought to remind themselves that he sure as hell voted for Barry O. Twice. And if you doubt that, watch the clips from Dennis Miller’s last appearance on his show again.

Cylor on November 30, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Why all the emphasis on “the narrative”? It’s clear the reason was to maintain the fiction of Obama’s victory over al-Qeada.

The real question is how could Hillary’s State Dept. be so criminally incompetent as to have Stevens anywhere near Benghazi on 9/11 without massive security, and why was military help canceled when they were attacked?

And how can the Stevens family not speak out on this?

Chessplayer on December 1, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Leno must have found out that he’s in line for a big tax hike courtesy of his old pal Barry. Funny how friendship goes when it hits the pocketbook.

Kissmygrits on December 1, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Leno would garner bigger laugh if he said Obama uses Ben Gay.

That his supine audience would get.

profitsbeard on December 1, 2012 at 10:59 AM