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'SNL' skewers Palin, Clinton and receives huge ratings (MSM WaPo Barf w/chunks alert)
San Jose Mercury News/Washington Post ^ | 9-14-08 | Tom Shales

Posted on 09/15/2008 10:53:37 AM PDT by wac3rd

The quality of "Saturday Night Live" season premieres is almost always on the shaky side, and the 34th season debut was no exception. It took off, however, like a skyrocket.

Saturday's "cold open" sketch — a "Nonpartisan Message From Sarah Palin & Hillary Clinton" — rose to the occasion and then kept rising, right into the stratosphere. Former writer and cast member Tina Fey, making a brief return to the show, played the Republican vice presidential candidate, with pregnant cast member Amy Poehler doing her surefire, time-tested Clinton beside her. In the parlance of the show, they "killed."

With CNN reporting Fey's return as national news Friday, the tremendous buzz was reflected in the ratings. Early overnight figures showed the "Saturday Night Live" season premiere earned a 7.4 rating and 18 percent share of viewers watching at that hour — the highest for a season premiere since 2001, and the highest for any "SNL" telecast since Dec. 14, 2002, when Al Gore was host. The numbers were up 64 percent over last season's premiere, according to Nielsen data.

The sketch was written by "Update" co-anchor Seth Meyers with assists from Fey and Poehler, and every punch line got roars from the 400 audience members.

Poehler as Clinton: "I believe that diplomacy should be the cornerstone of any foreign policy."

Fey as Palin: "And I can see Russia from my house!"

Poehler: "I believe global warming

(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: clinton; hillary; liberalmedia; mccainpalin; obama; palin; rerun; snl
They are in full panic mode...the MSM is freaking out.
1 posted on 09/15/2008 10:53:39 AM PDT by wac3rd
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To: wac3rd

The reporter also fails to post the fact that Michael Phelps was advertised, non-stop, since the Olympics ended and he committed to doing SNL...

NBC is so far in the tank...it is comedic...


2 posted on 09/15/2008 10:55:43 AM PDT by wac3rd (The MSM will accompany the Captain of the SS Marxist Titanic to the bottom of Lake Michigan)
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To: wac3rd

It was funny. One of the few things to be funny on SNL in years. Tina Fey did a great Palin. Gotta keep that sense of humour.


3 posted on 09/15/2008 10:56:56 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: wac3rd

The show was really bad - I felt sorry for Michael Phelps. They made this great Olympic champion look like an idiot in really dumb (not funny) sketches.


4 posted on 09/15/2008 10:58:57 AM PDT by jporcus
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To: swain_forkbeard

I watched the clip.

In no way did they “skewer” Palin.

I found the “and I can see Russia from my house” line hillarious.


5 posted on 09/15/2008 10:59:08 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: wac3rd

Yeh, ha ha...they have so much fun bashing the right...

And the sad thing is SNL is not even humorous any more.


6 posted on 09/15/2008 10:59:35 AM PDT by Lucky9teen (When you are arguing with a fool, make sure he isnt doing the same thing.)
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To: wac3rd

I watched it and thought is was funny. Fey has Gov. Palin’s voice inflections and mannerisms down pat. They tried to make Gov. Palin look like a dumb airhead and Sen. Clinton look like a shrill shrew. But during the “news” segment of the show the Palin punches didn’t seem to get much response. You can definitely see who SNL is rooting against.


7 posted on 09/15/2008 11:00:09 AM PDT by brwnsuga (Proud, Black, Sexy Conservative!!! future moose killer!!!)
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To: swain_forkbeard

I think that they skewered Cankles pretty bad. The physical impersonation of Palin was good, but the words were what Kos readers think Palin sounds like, and were just more media misfires in the Palin War...


8 posted on 09/15/2008 11:00:41 AM PDT by RobFromGa (It's the Spending, Stupid! (not the method of collection))
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To: swain_forkbeard

I agree it was funny. Hillary having a fit after acknowledging labels such as cankles and flurge was a riot. They put the rip in the Dem party front and centre. Tina let Sarah be a babe — and frankly I think global warming is G-d hugging us closer!


9 posted on 09/15/2008 11:01:35 AM PDT by timsbella (Mark Steyn for Prime Minister of Canada! (Steve's won my vote in the meantime))
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To: MrB

I agree. It was completely HILARIOUS and did not skewer Palin. The other funniest moment in that skit is when “Hillary” starts to laugh maniacally at the thought that she did not “want it” enough to win, and she pulls a chunk off the podium. Her comic timing is perfect.


10 posted on 09/15/2008 11:01:59 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: wac3rd

Tina Fey should thank Sarah Palin for single-handedly reviving her career.


11 posted on 09/15/2008 11:02:33 AM PDT by Loyalist (Tory! Tory! Tory!)
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To: wac3rd
Video here.
It's quite funny, actually.

Video here

12 posted on 09/15/2008 11:05:09 AM PDT by frankenMonkey (101st Airborne Army Dad)
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To: wac3rd
After the Palin / Clintoon sketch, it was one summer camp skit after another. Very amateurish.
13 posted on 09/15/2008 11:05:19 AM PDT by llevrok (Drink your beer, damn it. There are people in Africa sober!!)
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To: wac3rd

The skit was hilarious. It also skewered Clinton.


14 posted on 09/15/2008 11:05:41 AM PDT by gracesdad
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To: swain_forkbeard

I saw it too, it was funny.

My point is the MSM will do anything to attack Palin...

ABC News is the default news source for KSFO here in the Bay Area...every story, EVERY ONE has an anti-Republican barb at the end of it.

They are merciless and completely wrong.


15 posted on 09/15/2008 11:07:16 AM PDT by wac3rd (The MSM will accompany the Captain of the SS Marxist Titanic to the bottom of Lake Michigan)
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To: mombyprofession
I watched it on YouTube the next day and found it pretty funny. I'm really excited about Gov. Palin’s candidacy and have to laugh over the realization that the very things the Elitists are trying to skewer her over are exactly the things which endear her to us. For once, they're not on the inside and its hilarious watching them turn themselves inside out trying to cope with all this.
16 posted on 09/15/2008 11:09:40 AM PDT by FreedomHammer (Just ring? ... let freedom ROAR!)
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To: wac3rd
Wow... Gov. Palin even managed to save SNL! Is there nothing she can't do? ;)
17 posted on 09/15/2008 11:10:18 AM PDT by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: wac3rd

Can’t wait ‘til they skewer Barack and Michelle.


18 posted on 09/15/2008 11:11:17 AM PDT by popdonnelly (I'll tell you a little secret: we're smarter and more competent than the Left.)
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To: Yaelle

That line about “seeing Russia from my house”, I thought, demonstrated the “real-lifeness” of Palin vs the theoretical “experience” of Hillary.


19 posted on 09/15/2008 11:12:16 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: wac3rd

I must be one of the few people who didn’t find it funny in the least. I was just another NBC hit piece on Palin in the form of comedy.


20 posted on 09/15/2008 11:13:12 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: wac3rd

I must be one of the few people who didn’t find it funny in the least. It was just another NBC hit piece on Palin in the form of comedy.


21 posted on 09/15/2008 11:13:26 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: popdonnelly

Don’t hold your breath. Some things are sacrosanct.


22 posted on 09/15/2008 11:14:47 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: wac3rd

Just got to watch it this morning and thought it was hilarious. It was much more vicious to hillary than it was to Sarah.

And Sarah’s laughing response was awesome. She said she wore a Tina Fey costume for Halloween.

You go girl!


23 posted on 09/15/2008 11:14:53 AM PDT by Carley (she's all out of caribou.............)
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To: wac3rd

My bet is that ratings dropped after the first 10 minutes......skit was funny, but you can be sure Omama and wife won’t be touched!


24 posted on 09/15/2008 11:17:41 AM PDT by MadelineZapeezda ( MUST SEE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkgHkxIfgBc)
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To: swain_forkbeard
Tina Fey has a guaranteed opportunity to play this for years. This is probably one of the best spoof underplaying of the impersonation of a public figure we have seen since the guy that used to play John F. Kennedy (Vaughn Meader? I don't remember exactly).

I have not heard of him for years.

25 posted on 09/15/2008 11:18:01 AM PDT by alloysteel (Like they say, if you really can do it, it ain't bragging.)
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To: popdonnelly
'Can’t wait ‘til they skewer Barack and Michelle.'

Don't hold your breath, FRiend.

26 posted on 09/15/2008 11:18:37 AM PDT by T Lady (The Mainstream Media: Public Enemy #1)
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To: wac3rd; swain_forkbeard; jporcus

Tina and Amy were amusing. And Shatner who should have been used more. The rest of the show was pretty horrible. Writers on bad mushrooms again. Terrible music.


27 posted on 09/15/2008 11:19:55 AM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: popdonnelly

(....crickets.............)


28 posted on 09/15/2008 11:23:37 AM PDT by wac3rd (The MSM will accompany the Captain of the SS Marxist Titanic to the bottom of Lake Michigan)
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To: All

Couldn’t have been worse than MadTV with Bobby Lee as McCain. Having ‘old’ Cindy and John facing the ‘hiphop’ Obama’s on Dancing with the Stars. The judges liked them both, so I didn’t really see the point of the skit, except John McCain is old and white and the Obamas are funky. I think that was the point? Meh.


29 posted on 09/15/2008 11:24:08 AM PDT by ReneeLynn
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To: wac3rd

I never watch SNL and my wife watches it even less than I do. Oddly enough we both watched the opening “message”. I found it funny and somewhat balanced in its skewering of both Palin and Clinton. But I got angry during the next skit about the home-schoolers vs. public-schoolers. It wasn’t just anti-home-schooler it was anti-God. Liberals are government worshiping, God-hating, do-gooders.


30 posted on 09/15/2008 11:27:03 AM PDT by DeltaZulu
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity

Shatner is ALWAYS funny. The inherent self-parody is irresistable. I stopped watching soon after the Shatner bit.


31 posted on 09/15/2008 11:28:38 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: alloysteel

He’s been dead since 2004, but I guess it really all ended for him in November of ‘63.


32 posted on 09/15/2008 11:30:44 AM PDT by Mila
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To: popdonnelly
"Can’t wait ‘til they skewer Barack and Michelle."

Given the media's outright fear of being painted as racists, we both know that will NEVER happen.

NEVER.

33 posted on 09/15/2008 11:32:47 AM PDT by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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To: MadelineZapeezda
SNL is a cut from the same cloth as that recent MTV music video award show.

Shameless attacks on Americans, and nothing but praise for democrats.

Both shows and the people involved are examples of how pathetic our media is.

34 posted on 09/15/2008 11:39:05 AM PDT by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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To: brwnsuga

The show after the funny Fep/Palin sketch was absolute dreck.

The worst one was the Christian home-schooled kids, portrayed as ignorant fanatics.

Ed


35 posted on 09/15/2008 11:39:06 AM PDT by Sir_Ed
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To: Loyalist
To the second person today. Er.....No.
36 posted on 09/15/2008 11:44:56 AM PDT by Locomotive Breath
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To: Sir_Ed

Agree, in general that the rest of the show was unfunny. I’m thankful for my TIVO. In my house, SNL is otherwise known as Sunday morning dead. If a sketch doesn’t get a smile in the first 15 seconds it’s done. SNL generally takes about 15 minutes for me to watch.

The home-schooled kids were portrayed in a most unbelievable fashion so I don’t think anyone bought into that at all. The public school kids were portrayed as real real dim and refugees from the Leno segment “Jaywalking”. Which is pretty close to the truth.


37 posted on 09/15/2008 11:50:18 AM PDT by Locomotive Breath
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To: wac3rd

I cracked up when Amy Poehler (As Hillary) pulled a chunk of the podium off.....

I thought it was quite funny.


38 posted on 09/15/2008 12:20:22 PM PDT by mombyprofession
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To: Carley
I thought it was funny too! IMHO who was skewered was the MSM for "sexism" and The One for passing over Hillary.

And if I'm one of the Obamessiah's priests I really bothered by the fact that he's not enough of a factor in the public mind to have him in the skit.

39 posted on 09/15/2008 12:20:29 PM PDT by colorado tanker ("I just LOVE clinging to my guns and my religion!!!!" - Sarah Palin)
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To: alloysteel
Vaughn Meader?

Yup.

Mom and Dad have a copy of "The First Family" on 33-1/3 LP. Probably worth a buck or two, now.

40 posted on 09/15/2008 12:26:49 PM PDT by wbill
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To: wac3rd

It was pretty even handed. And in the end I thought Palin came out looking a LOT better than clinton. Which is better, being attacked as a bikini babe or being attacked for your cankles? Saying that you can see Russia from your house or tearing the podium to pieces because you’re so angry you didn’t get into the White House?

Yes, there were distortions, but Sarah came out as likeable, and hillary came out as horrible.


41 posted on 09/15/2008 12:39:34 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Sir_Ed

I laughed at that sketch, but the rest was unfunny. I am a Christian woman, but even I thought that crazy mom was amusing.


42 posted on 09/15/2008 1:23:41 PM PDT by brwnsuga (Proud, Black, Sexy Conservative!!! future moose killer!!!)
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To: wac3rd

It was very funny. And I think it did more damage to Obama and Hillary than to Sarah Palin.

Fey did a great job.


43 posted on 09/15/2008 2:05:14 PM PDT by proudpapa (McCain - Palin'08)
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To: wac3rd
It was pretty funny, but in the end it was a Palin hit-piece.

Let's read between the lines here:

Clinton was portrayed as angry, but intelligent (a true portrayal...well, at least the ‘angry’ part). Palin, however, was an inexperienced-airhead-nobody (false portrayal)

Anger is acceptable. Being an idiot is not.

The good news is that people are very aware that the MSM/entertainment are in the tank for Zerobama. I'm mean Madonna just declared that McCain is like Hitler. Wow. How original and unexpected.

44 posted on 09/15/2008 11:01:44 PM PDT by Free Bee
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To: frankenMonkey

Thanks for that link. Have heard - over and over and over - about this skit but had not seen it til now.

Actually - Liked the Tina Fey Palin quite a bit and came away disgusted at the power hungry angry Hillary as usual.....but loved the portrayal of Hillary in her own words...

Did anybody else read that Amy Poehler announced she would retire from SNL after this election season - the Monday after this SNL skit aired????

Could it be she heard from Hitlery - who was NOT AMUSED at her portrayal of the cankles lady???

Who knows.

Tina Fey was great - Sarah Palin is tons better - saw her tonight on the Sean Hannity interview. She has a newer - better - hairstyle (petty thing) and she was right on with her responses. (drill in Anwar, John!)

Go Sarah!


45 posted on 09/17/2008 8:47:58 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt (DEFUND NPR - National Propaganda Radio for the Leftists/Communists/Socialists)
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