Saturday Night Live boldly goes where no sexist has gone before

Saturday Night Live boldly goes where no sexist has gone before

As a rule, I avoid “Saturday Night Live” in favor of more entertaining pursuits, such as watching the grass grow. Last night, I broke that rule. And while what I saw confirmed my conviction not only that the show lost whatever sense of humor it had decades ago but that the writers have no grasp on the political issues they attempt to satire, I got an easy column of it.

The subject of the SNL skit is a fictional decision by cable network CNN to ban Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway because she is a conveyor of fake news. The real joke, completely lost on SNL, is that CNN would dare to pass judgment on the reliability of a prospective guest, considering its well-earned reputation as the least trusted source in cable network news.

But SNL is just getting warmed up. The bit revolves around a cast member playing CNN’s Jake Tapper heading home at the end of a workday and finding a seductively clad Conway there, waiting to seduce him. The material comes from the 1980s thriller “Fatal Attraction,” in which the seductress (played by Glenn Close) turns out to be a homicidal maniac.

The skit drew the fire of liberals, like New York magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi, who issued a fusillade of tweets after the show:

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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