It’s official, kind of: More conservatives than liberals don’t “get it.” At least when it comes to The Colbert Report, they don’t. And who do we have to thank for this juicy but foregone conclusion? The Ohio State University. And Daddy Reagan, of course.
The Huffington Post reports that an OSU faculty member's study determined that most respondents found Comedy Central’s faux-conservative Stephen Colbert to be funny, but “conservatives were more likely to report that Colbert only pretends to be joking and genuinely meant what he said while liberals were more likely to report that Colbert used satire and was not serious when offering political statements.”
More succinctly: “Conservatism also significantly predicted perceptions that Colbert disliked liberalism.” If you’re a conservative, and still don’t get it, we’ll break this down even further for you: The joke’s on you. — Dan Harkins