The problem with this article is that it presumes that these late night entertainment shows come built in with a moral prescription. Like almost everything else on TV, these shows are a simply a product. That’s it. They may shape culture to an extent, but the author’s disappointment at their unwillingness to drive a particular worldview (that happens to be in accordance with her own) is premised on an opinion (namely, that even various forms of entertainment are obligated to draw political distinctions). It’s fine if that’s her view, but I would prefer that she come out and say it.
If you listened to Jimmy Kimmel speak recently on The Ringer’s very own Bill Simmons podcast, it’s clear that he considers Trump an imbecile (and I happen to agree). But when questioned about whether he would be willing to have Trump on again, he didn’t hesitate. “Oh, of course,” he replied. Why? Because it makes for good TV, and therefore, high ratings. Kimmel (and his other late show counterparts) are in the business of making money, not educating the populace (whatever that may mean). It would save a lot of time and frustration to remember that when you turn the TV on every night.