Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Bias? What media bias?
NBC's Saturday Night Live has been skewering politicians - particularly Presidents - since they went on the air in the mid-1970s. To varying degrees of success, they've lampooned Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. But since taking office nearly nine months ago, Barack Obama has been largely exempt from SNL's sometimes funny, sometimes not ridicule. Until last Saturday, that is, when SNL's Fred Armisen goofed on Obama's record of having done diddly squat relative to his voluminous campaign rhetoric. Within 48 hours, CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Yahoo News' Brett Michael Dykes rushed to the defense of Barack Obama and fact-checked the SNL sketch.
Fact-checking Saturday Night Live? Really? That's just pathetic. I don't recall a single instance of any news organization fact-checking a comedy sketch of any kind before. Whichever side of the political aisle one falls on, one usually has the wisdom to dismiss such pieces as the exaggeration and hyperbole they are. But not when it comes to the Dear Leader. All such slanders must be met with a swift response.
Does Blitzer even realize just how ridiculous this makes him look? Er, probably not.