The Saturday Night Live re-write crew has now cleansed and re-uploaded its Soros/Sandler-bashing bailout skit — not only by removing the caption “People Who Should Be Shot” under the Sandlers, but also by protecting both the Sandlers and the Franks by erasing all references to them as “corrupt.” Now, you see it. Now, you don’t, via Andrew Malcolm:
The show’s executive producer, Lorne Michaels, said the Sandlers were distraught but had not demanded the changes. He noted the “People who should be shot” line was deleted as was a reference to their “corrupt activities.”
But a comparison of the two versions shows that actually a little more than that was cut. What also was excised was any mention of the involvement of Massachusetts’ Rep. Frank in the Sandler subprime mess.
Frank is the influential chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and an ardent political protector of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which participated in the subprime problem.
In the original skit Sandler addresses Frank, saying, “And thank you, Congressman Frank, as well as many Republicans for helping block Congressional oversight of our corrupt activities.”
To which Frank replies enthusiastically, “Not at all!”
All that’s gone in the new version…
(You can watch it again at the end of this post.)
More on the Barney Frank backside-covering from Ace.
SNL/NBC may think this embarrassing episode is over. But I’ve emailed NBC’s press office an unresolved question. Still missing from the official SNL video page is the Sept. 20 sketch parodying the New York Times that included a completely gratuitous and disgusting incest joke aimed at Sarah Palin’s husband and daughters:
[ open on exterior, The New York Times, September 8, 2008 ]
Alright, alright, everybody!
[ dissolve to interior office during staff meeting with Peter Connolly, who stands at podium ]
Assignment Editor: I’d like to begin. In case some of us haven’t met, I’m Peter Connolly, the assignment editor of the New York Times. Now… you all know why you’re here. Yuo are, quite simply, the fifty BEST investigative reporters in journalism today. And with the selection of Governor Sarah Palin, we’ve got a Vice-Presidential candidate who needs a LOT of investigating!
Tandalaya: [ raising her hand ] I’d like to know if she’s ever been a member of a golf club that doesn’t admit women… oh, wait, that doesn’t make sense.
Assignment Editor: That’s quite all right, Tandalaya. [ sees Steven raise his hand ] Uh, yes — Steven.
Steven: Uhhh — what about the husband? You KNOW he’s doing those daughters! [ he chuckles ignorantly ] I mean, come on! It’s Alaska!
My question e-mailed this afternoon to NBC press spokesman Marc Liepis:
Why is the SNL “New York Times reporters” sketch missing from NBC.com’s SNL video page?
Does the incest joke about the Palin family’s meet NBC’s “standards” or will you be editing this video and reposting it, too?
Is this the SNL ethics policy? Calling liberal Democrat politicians and prominent public figures in the subprime crisis “corrupt” violates the show’s “standards,” but smearing a politician’s husband and children with an incest jibe is fair game?
Write NBC.com here.
Postscript: I know that the NYTimes skit did a good job of lampooning the elitist snobs in the Obamedia. But the skit would have worked perfectly fine without throwing the incest grenade in there. And while it ostensibly satirizes the Palin-bashing press, that incest joke allows the PDS-infected mob to indulge its hatred. I’m sure the writers took delight in both. And it goes without saying that such a thing would NEVER get on the air if targeting Obama’s daughters.
The whitewashed bailout skit:
On the Palin incest smear: