Sunday, September 21, 2008

Al Franken Mocks John McCain on SNL

Democrat senate candidate Al Franken is still involved in material presented on Saturday Night Live. Franken has tried to distance himself from his past comedy, focusing on the present and painting himself as a serious candidate not to be judged by his history.

He appears to be having trouble conquering his comedy habit.

According to Politico, he helped craft the McCain-mocking opening bit for the September 20 show.

The opening of the show was so very original. It made fun of John McCain's age. How creative!

In a studio recording campaign ads, McCain (played by Darrell Hammond) appeared confused and was little more than a puppet of his handlers, agreeing to say the "I approve this message" line for untrue ads about Barack Obama.


From Politico:

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.

An SNL insider said that, as of the Wednesday script read-through, Franken was the “credited writer with Meyers” on the opening sketch. Show veteran Darrell Hammond is to play McCain.

Franken’s input to the show blindsided his campaign staff, who have been forced to explain away some of the more crass and profane parts of his past writing and acting that have been used as fodder against him in a state known for its polite manners.

A spokeswoman for Franken, Colleen Murray, first said the Democratic Senate candidate “didn’t write anything for SNL tonight.” But pressed if he was involved in the show or had been in contact with staff members, Murray admitted Franken had a role in Saturday's program.

Colleen Murray saying that Franken "didn’t write anything for SNL tonight" is a Clinton-esque "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is" moment.

Clearly, Franken was not forthcoming regarding his involvement in the skit.

...[W]ord 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.

"[M]ay fuel sentiment that the network is sympathetic to the left..."

That's funnier than anything on SNL last night.

NBC is sympathetic to the Left?

Really? I guess I'm beginning to get that impression just a little bit.

What a joke!

NBC should be paid by Barack Obama's campaign and the DNC for the work they do.

DEMOCRAT Senate candidate Franken's involvement in the skit mocking McCain is no surprise. Of course, Franken would participate in using SNL as a forum to further the agenda of his political party.

...In June, he apologized for some of his more controversial comedy routines when he accepted his party’s endorsement.

“For 35 years I was a writer. I wrote a lot of jokes. Some of them weren’t funny. Some of them weren’t appropriate. Some of them were downright offensive. I understand that. And I understand that the people of Minnesota deserve a senator who won’t say things that will make you feel uncomfortable,” Franken said in his nomination speech.

Aside from exposing Franken's campaign to further questions about the seriousness of his commitment to public office, his role in the skit also leaves the NBC network vulnerable to criticism about the propriety of allowing a partisan candidate for high federal office to craft a segment mocking a presidential candidate of the opposing party.

Franken and his wife, Frances, have both maxed out as donors to the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

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.

...Republican enmity has been mostly aimed at the network’s politically oriented cable station, MSNBC, and particularly liberal-leaning hosts Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews.

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, even if the treatment of McCain is relatively gentle.


I'm shocked. SHOCKED!

Come on, this isn't about sentiment.

NBC and MSNBC and SNL serve as a propaganda arm for the Left.

Al Franken, U.S. Senate candidate remains a contributor to the propaganda effort, an active tentacle.

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