Uh-oh. Seems like every decision by Saturday Night Live is going to be examined for political bias this year.
The Daily Caller is reporting (and the Drudge Report is promoting) a story that Saturday Night Live shelved an opening skit which made fun of president Obama for taking so much credit for killing Bin Laden. They replaced it with on about clueless Fox News hosts looking like partisan shills.
The original send-up of Obama was written by, Jim Downey. (The Caller has the script) In it, Obama talked about “Killing Bin Laden Day” as if it were a national holiday. He literally can’t stop talking about it. “Now tonight I want to talk about the economy. But first, a little more about the killing of Osama Bin Laden,” is a representative joke.
The Caller says it is unclear why the sketch was cut. Skits are cut all the time because they aren’t funny, or they don’t test well in rehearsals, or to adjust the workload of the cast members on a given show. But it could have been a political decision. We just don’t know.
It is not a surprise that SNL is getting scrutinized so much.
Four years ago Saturday Night Live had a huge impact on the election with Tina Fey returning to the show to lampoon Sarah Palin. Those segments, replayed constantly on cable news and passed around online, helped to solidify the image of her as an unprepared winking bumpkin from the hinterlands.
Here is the skit that did air:
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