Fake Monologues

During his monologue on Wednesday night, "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert took jabs at President Trump's choices for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, calling it a "really weird Chex Mix of recipients" and it's "not normal to give them to this many dead people" (three of Trump's seven choices will receive their Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously - Babe Ruth, Elvis Presley, and Justice Antonin Scalia).

Funny, until you review the listing of Medals awarded by previous presidents.  Trump's choices are not a weirder "Chex Mix of recipients" than other presidents, but that is a subjective observation so let's focus on a more objective part of Colbert's joke - that "it's not normal to give them to this many dead people" - starting with Obama.

In the seven years Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, he gave a total of 21 medals to posthumous recipients, which means Obama averaged three "dead people" per year - not a "normal amount" according to Colbert.  In 2014, Obama awarded SIX posthumous awards and in 2015 he awarded four.  In 2012 and 2013, he awarded three posthumous awards (each year), so Obama was at or over Colbert's standard for abnormal more than not.

The rest of Colbert's shtick on this topic was not funny either, not because it was also factually incorrect, but because it was a poorly written piece of comedy.


 

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