Politico reports today - - -
Al Franken, the former "Saturday Night Live" star now running in a high-profile Senate race in Minnesota, helped craft the opening sketch mocking John McCain that kicked off the NBC comedy show Saturday, according to two well-placed sources inside the network.
Franken, who hasn’t been a staff writer on the show for 13 years, “phoned in” a spoof of McCain recording campaign ads in an edit booth, said an NBC source. Seth Meyers, the show’s current head writer, wrote it, but the sketch was hatched by Franken, a longtime liberal satirist and comedian.
A Franken campaign aide said the candidate had been taping an ad earlier in the week and had wondered out loud how McCain could include the disclaimer candidates are required to include in their commercials — “I’m John McCain, and I approved this message” — when his spots were so “over the top.” …
But word that the network’s signature comedy show has allowed a liberal Democrat Senate candidate to shape content mocking the Republican presidential nominee may fuel sentiment that the network is sympathetic to the left.
Told of Franken’s role in Saturday's show, a spokesman for Sen. Norm Coleman’s campaign said it was ironic that the Democrat had a hand in spoofing negative campaigning.
If nothing else, the timing of Franken's involvement is inopportune for the broadcast network, coming just weeks after delegates at the Republican National Convention chanted "NBC" in response to a line in GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's acceptance speech criticizing the media.
The entire Politico story’s here.
You can view the SNL skit below.
A few months back Sen. McCain cancelled a fund-raiser at the home of a man when it was disclosed that about 20 years ago he’d told a “rape joke” for doing which he subsequently apologized.
Al Frankein tells a “rape joke” and he gets a Democratic Party U. S. Senate nomination.
Who says there isn’t a difference between the two parties?
Politico talks about how Republicans and Conservatives have come to view NBC as biased against McCain. Polls show they have.
Polls also show that Independents, by percentages almost as large as Republican and Conservative respondents, view the mainstream media, including all three TV networks, as biased as biased against Sen. McCain.
Politico should have mentioned that.
Hat tip: AC
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Posted by JWM at 2:05 PM