Conservatives are just too dumb to host talk shows. That’s how Jimmy Kimmel explains the uniform leftism of talk show hosts on mainstream television networks. At an event for the insufferable left-wing podcast “Pod Save America,” Kimmel insisted, “It just so happens that almost every talk show host is a liberal, and that’s because it requires a level of intelligence.” The Arizona State dropout first showcased his venerable intellect to the public by spinning a basketball while wearing blackface and laughing as men ate candy bras off of porn stars. Since those humble beginnings, Kimmel has ascended to the rarefied scholarly heights of late night television, where he misunderstands public policy and cries.
In the realm of late night television, where Hollywood gatekeepers blacklist conservatives, left-wing hosts dominate. The new media, where leftist censors have greater difficulty keeping audiences away from right-wing personalities, are a different story. Here is an inexhaustive list of just seven talk show hosts who are much smarter than Jimmy Kimmel:
1. Andrew Klavan
Andrew Klavan has written at least 36 novels, countless screenplays, an award-winning horror app, a popular narrative podcast, and a memoir. His films have starred Michael Caine, Clint Eastwood, and Michael Douglas. He has won the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award twice. Stephen King calls him “the most original American novelist of crime and suspense since Cornell Woolrich.” He hosts the Andrew Klavan Show at The Daily Wire.
2. Adam Carolla
Jimmy Kimmel’s old Man Show partner pioneered the podcasting medium with his Adam Carolla Show. Unlike the ostensibly illiterate Kimmel, who has never written a book, Carolla has written six and boasts multiple bestsellers, including "In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks" and "Not Taco Bell Material." In 2012 the longtime Democrat began publicly to identify as a Republican.
3. Ben Shapiro
Ben Shapiro hosts the most popular conservative podcast in America. He began writing a nationally syndicated column at age 17 and has written 12 books. Shapiro graduated summa cum laude from UCLA at age 20 and earned his JD cum laude from Harvard Law school three years later.
4. Dennis Prager
Dennis Prager is the longtime host of The Dennis Prager Show and author of eight books on theology, history, and politics. He is the namesake of Prager University, which offers free, five-minute videos on topics ranging from history and economics to science and happiness from world-renowned experts. Since 2009, Prager University has reached over 315 million viewers.
5. Rush Limbaugh
Rush Limbaugh invented the genre of political talk radio, forever cracking the left-wing monopoly on mainstream media broadcasting. He has written nine books and boasts a weekly cumulative audience of 13.25 million unique listeners.
6. Steven Crowder
Popular mug salesman Steven Crowder has attracted over 1.2 million subscribers to his YouTube channel through political satire and interviews as well as his regular contributions to Fox News, The Blaze, Prager University, The Glenn Beck Program, and CRTV.
7. William F. Buckley Jr.
The lightly-educated and self-adoring Kimmel appears unsurprisingly ignorant of history. The year before Kimmel’s birth, conservative movement founder William F. Buckley Jr. began broadcasting the televised talk show Firing Line, which aired for 33 years and brought together luminaries and adversaries such as Norman Mailer, John Kenneth Galbraith, Eldridge Cleaver, Timothy Leary, and Barry Goldwater.
The benighted Jimmy Kimmel’s betters might expect his trite snark. As Euripides observed, “Talk sense to a fool, and he calls you foolish.”