Top 7 Bits of Political Advice for Jimmy Fallon

Mark Baisley over at Townhall has seven bits of advice for Jimmy Fallon on  American Right-Wing politics:

Advice #1: Understand America. Expose yourself to the political right. Folks in the entertainment industry live in their own incestuous culture on the hard left. fallon_obama

Because they do not mix with the common folk, they do not relate to everyday sensibilities. You are great with pop culture, social media, and all that. But your viewing audience is not limited to the under-40 crowd living in a coastal city. Make listening to Rush Limbaugh, Dennis Prager, or Dennis Miller a part of your week (yes, really). Understand the fear that people face daily in losing liberties to an aggressive government, finding work, protecting their children, keeping their homes, and caring for their aging parents.

Advice #2: Avoid advancing political propaganda. Get yourself well-informed regarding the truth about stories that provide easy standup material. It drives educated viewers nuts when comedians keep falsehoods alive. Chris Christie did not shut down the George Washington bridge. And George HW Bush was not unaware of barcode scanning technology. Treat such rumors with the same care that you would give to the location of Barack Obama’s birth.

Advice #3: Balance criticism. Not everyone thinks that Sarah Palin is an idiot. Try to get your head around this one: In every measurable way, Sarah Palin is immensely brighter than Barack Obama. She knows how to pronounce corps, how to spell R-E-S-P-E-C-T and how many states there are. When giving famous personalities a good jab in the ribs, I recommend that you follow the example of South Park creator and writer Trey Parker. If you are going to make fun of Christians or Mormons, poke at Scientologists and Muslims just as hard. We can all laugh at ourselves when we believe that we are not being cruelly singled out.

Advice #4: Try sophistication with political humor. A well-crafted zinger will get people thinking rather than loathing. The quips of Mark Twain are cutting, but fondly memorable.

Advice #5: Be respectful of all elected officials. To be sure, not elected officials are created equal. But they are loved by the number of people who cast a vote for them. Jay Leno lost credibility with the viewing audience when they saw the difference between how he treated guests Newt Gingrich vis-à-vis Barack Obama. Leno interrogated Gingrich like a White House Press Corps journalist. But after Obama left the couch, Leno could be seen embracing the cushion where the President had been sitting.

Advice #6: Use your platform to humanize politicians. Mr. Fallon, among your many gifts, you are great at bringing out the real personalities of famous folks. By interacting with celebrities like no other host we have ever seen, we learn about their playfulness and their hidden talents. I encourage you to continue this practice to help us get to know the human side of the more lofty notabilities.

Advice #7: Develop perspective. Your personal music repertoire is astonishing. If you were to develop a similar depth of understanding in history, science, economics and faith, you will recognize selfish agendas and avoid serving as the comedic lackey for the vogue du jour. Read respectable, non-fad books. It will sharpen your wit, help you to avoid offending sensitivities, and increase your following.

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