Saturday, May 11, 2013

SNL: Benghazi Hearings (Video)

Saturday Night Live's cold open was about the Benghazi congressional hearings.

Here's the video:

Did they slam Obama and Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration for lying to the American people and engaging in a cover-up?

Of course not.

At first, I thought maybe it was possible that the sketch would trash the mainstream media for failing to follow stories of importance. It could have gone that way. It could have been a commentary on Americans' obsession with goofy murder trials and lurid stories rather than something as significant as a 9/11 anniversary terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate, killing four Americans including the ambassador.

Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, that was not the direction it went. The target was the Republicans. The intent was to protect Obama and Hillary Clinton. The result was disgraceful and dishonest.

Republicans were mocked. Darrell Issa (Bill Hader) was a complete buffoon. FOX News was mocked. The hearing was depicted as purely a political stunt, with convicted murderer Jodi Arias as a witness.

Democrat Elijah Cummings (Kenan Thompson) was shown as reasonable, calling the hearings a witch hunt and suggesting the witness was chosen purely to boost ratings.

Trey Gowdy (Taran Killim) questioned Arias (Nasim Pedrad). When Arias, the expert witness, was asked when she first learned about Benghazi. She replied that she found out about it this morning. She asked if the attack was still going on. When told it happened eight months ago, she asked if they knew who did it. When told the terrorists responsible were identified, Arias asked why they were holding hearings.

The Republicans were dumbfounded, unable to answer, and told her that they asked the questions, not her.

Cummings complained about the political nature of the hearings, wondering if the Republicans would stoop so low as to ask the "guy from Cleveland who kept those women in his basement" to testify.

The next witness up WAS going to be Ariel Castro.

The sketch ended at that point with "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night."

SNL completely trashed the Republicans and left the Democrats untouched.

Cover-up? What cover-up?

Dead Americans? As Cummings said, "Death is a part of life." To quote Hillary, "What difference at this point does it make?"

None of the lies were mentioned at all. The many unanswered questions about the administration's response to the 9/11/12 terrorist attack, the order for the military to stand down, the talking points revisions, and the concocted story about the video were ignored. The amazingly awful press briefing by Jay Carney yesterday was left untouched.

I'm so sick of these distortions. The families of the dead deserve better than this, not this sort of treatment. They deserve respect. They deserve answers.

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