Skip to comments.Palin family 'incest' joked about on NBC (UNBELIEVABLE!)
Posted on 09/21/2008 1:07:12 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
A week after a high-profile send-up of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on "Saturday Night Live," the NBC comedy show returned to making fun of the Alaskan governor in a skit where New York Times reporters sought to probe the possibility Palin's husband was having sex with the couple's own daughters.
"What about the husband?" asked a Times reporter during a mock assignment meeting for the paper. "You know he's doing those daughters. I mean, come on. It's Alaska."
The assignment editor for the Times, portrayed by actor James Franco, responded: "He very well could be. Admittedly, there is no evidence of that, but on the other hand, there is no convincing evidence to the contrary. And these are just some of the lingering questions about Governor Palin."
The skit featured a photo of one reporter and an on-screen message that stated, "In 2009 [reporter] Howland Gwathmey Moss, V was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his Times series on unproven, yet un-disproven incest in the Palin family. Sadly, he was to die 3 months later, run over by a snow machine, driven by a polar bear."
The final shot showed an image of a New York Times page, with headlines that included:
"While No Direct Evidence of Incest in Palin Family Emerges, Counter Evidence Remains Agonizingly Elusive" and "In a Small Alaska Town, Doubts Still Linger."
(Excerpt) Read more at wnd.com ...
Despicable. Thanks for watching so I didn’t have to.
I wish for the good old days of Dan Akroyd and John Belushi.
The bit with Tina Fey was witty. This is just trashy!
Reminds me of Ms. Burleigh who wants all women to put on knee pads for Bill Clinton in gratitude for keeping abortion legal [more detail at bottom of my profile]. Here are a few other links regarding media bias:
Washington Post and AP FAIL BASIC MATH TEST [note Izzy Dunne’s posts]
Washington Post ignores Al Qaeda Leaders Iran connection
Audit Bureau Liberalizes Rules to Prop Up Flagging Newspaper Circulation
Anti-Palin Cartoon (CAUTION: Vomit bags required)
AP Refuses Secret Service Request for Palin’s “Hacked” Emails
ABC News Edited Out Key Parts of Sarah Palin Interview
(AP Reviews Speech As If Its Already Been Given) AP blunder
MSNBC Runs Palin Hit Piece Less Than 12 Hours After She is Announced
NY Times Front pg. (3 Articles Mention Palins Daughter)
media bias on Turban Durbin
Media Blackout as Cheney Blasts Durbin
Michael Moore Owned Halliburton, Defense Stocks
Larry King defends Hillary $1MM c fraud vs Coulter
Geraldo calls Minutemen ‘vigilantes’
GLOBAL ANTIWAR MVT DECLARES SUPPORT FOR TERRORISTS AGAINST US, UK
Did the Washington Post Violate the Electronic Communications Privacy Act? (MD4Bush)
Did Palin Take Proper Pre-Natal Care? (Colmes “Libertard”: Cheap-Shot at Palin’s Last Childbirth)
Alan Colmes Grossly Smears Palin
The whole bloc of decent voters is watching...
I know this is pretty bad, but to my mind, they are ALSO making fun of the MSM/leftwind press!
Not saying they are trying to, but the effect is still the same.
I don’t know, it’s almost as big a send up of the press.
Haven’t seen it yet.
You would think the media might just have a glimmer of reality in that how they treat her now is going to affect
how she treats them when she is VP/P.
I taped the show tonight. The first part was fairly funny.
I’ll check this out.
It does sound almost like SNL was taking a swing at the Democrats for their idiotic slams of Palin over the last few weeks. This is about the only charge they haven’t made against Palin or her family.
Do you think that’s possible?
This is certainly in poor taste, but aren’t they actually mocking the PDS insanity of MSM reporters?
Thought I’d wake up extra early to beat you, Tiger.
I'm not so sure. I didn't see it, but from what's printed here, it looks like somebody at SNL is making a good point.
It sounds like they were making fun of the media not the Palins.
have they no shame?
i’m sure that victims of incest will think that’s really funny.../s
maybe because i’m sane, i just can’t understand their depravity.
This kind of late night comedy has always been edgy and no holds barred. The skit actually poked fun at the effete NY “journalists.” There really was never an attempt to say the Palins were incestuous.
Exactly, the were not making fun of the Palin’s with that skit. They were making fun of the MSM. Still I understand why people consider it tasteless.
yes but I bet there are a lot of Du’ers who now think something is up with those polar bears...
Shower time folks! Once again, it’s only white Christians you can make these kinds of despicable comments about on national TV and get scott clean away with it.
Looks to me like they were clearly making fun of the dirt digging reporters.
And with that ... I will.
But I wonder if the joke isn’t actually directed at the MSM, rather than at the Palin family?
My read from afar seems that it might be...
Yea it sounded like they were ridiculing the media for buying into the BS that the logically-retarded morons over at DU and KOS kept putting up.
“There is no evidence to PROVE that this is happening, but then again, there is no evidence to PROVE that it isn’t, therefore it must be true.”
This shows the lack of logical thinking, that far-left ideology appeals to idiots who can only think with emotions and not logic.
The opening sketch was weak and one-sided, which I'd expect of anything written by Franken. But I have to admit, they had a great sketch later, in which the editor of the NY Times called in 30 reporters who were being assigned to go to Alaska and dig up dirt on Sarah Palin. None of them had ever been anywhere except Manhattan, so they called in someone who'd worked in Alaska to answer questions. They were all things like, "I need access to at least two qualified psychiatrists" or "I'm a pre-operative transsexual; are there any gender-reassignment clinics in Alaska?" They were asked to identify pictures of things like a snowmobile ("Is it some sort of Baptizing machine?"). Gradually, they all fled in horror at the thought of being among normal Americans (several left when they found out Alaska doesn't have Thai food delivery).
The sketch ended with only three reporters going. We were informed with graphic cards that one was eaten by a polar bear, one humorless feminist reporter sued an Alaska town for $70 million for sexual harassment after a school board member called her "sweetie," and the third won a Pulitzer Prize for his investigative story on unproven, yet not disproven, incest in the Palin family. They were all presented as incredibly arrogant, provincial, elitist snots without the slightest regard for the accuracy of their slanderous reporting.
Best sketch of the year, so far.
Me to. If that’s true, the media has really stepped in it. If generally left-wing leaning shows are going to call out the press on this, the leftist gig (slam Palin 24/7) has certainly jumped the shark.
I wonder what the reaction would be if anyone made jokes about Clinton doing Chelsea. Bill, not Hillary.;)
By the way, this kind of humor tends to backfire, because it’s too disgusting to repeat over the watercooler and it attacks the family in a personal way.
It doesn’t surprise me, however.
They could have picked a different topic as an example.
Call me overly sensitive but I find nothing funny about incest, having gone through it myself from age 8-15 I can tell you, it's not funny at all.
unbelievable! That has to cross some FCC line.
In no way do I mean to defend SNL's poor taste, but I do remember a skit in which Slick Willie and family (including a singularly unattractive "Chelsea") are watching a performance by (SNL guest) Madonna. Bill is obviously leering at Madonna, but Madonna singles out Chelsea as the object of her lewd intentions.
I suppose when they make light of the terrorist fist bump, that will prove me wrong. In the meantime, I won't hold my breath.
In the first Gulf War, SNL did a stupid press skit about the press covering the war. A general came out for a press conference, and warned that since there were ongoing operations, he couldn’t answer all questions, and laid the ground rules for what he could answer. The press then completely ignored the rules, and kept asking more and more ridiculous questions that would obviously endanger troops. The most over the top question was when a nervous Arab looking reporter in a foreign accent asked what frequencies the US pilots were using and what passwords they had.
I also think it's not a commentary on the Palins...it's a commentary on their critics, namely The NYT and the MSM.
I just watched my recording of the segment in question. This was without a doubt the most vicious slam on the media I have ever seen. The New York Times staff was the butt of this skit, and it touched all the bases and them some.
When this hits YouTube, I urge folks to watch it. Man, this couldn’t have been better if we would have collaborated here on FR to make it as in touch with reality as it could be.
I can’t remember it all now, but here are a few highlights.
1. Editor plans to send 50 reporters off to Alaska to dig dirt on Palin
2. Female reporter responds, what I’d like to know is if she is a member of a golf club that won’t admit women. “Oh nevermind...”
3. Male reporter going through a sex change process wants to know if Sarah’s husband is doing their girls. Editor encourages him even if there is no proof, because there’s no proof he isn’t. (At end of skit, this guy gets a pulitzer, for doing the full blown story on this topic with the conclusion they can’t prove he is, but they can’t prove he isn’t.)
4. Reporters are asked how they intend to get around Alaska. When one person says they plan on using a taxi, all are asked who plans to use that method. All raise their hands. They are asked if they know how to drive a stick. Nobody raises their hand. Asked if they have a license, nobody raises their hand.
5. All the reporters have never left New York City.
6. The expert on Alaska says it’s a huge place, and some reporter responds, “Have you ever seen Queens?”
7. One shrew reporterette is described as determined to file a sex discrimination suite at the drop of a hat, has done it to the editor three times. By the end of the show she is revealed to have filed a suit in Alask for $70 million and won, because someone addressed her as sweetie.
8. All but three reporters bail on going to Alaska for various reasons, one being that they don’t have Thai takeout.
Seriously folks, this could have been produced by FR, it was that good.
And for the people who think incest is just beyond the pale as a topic, there was never any suggestion that there was incest in the Palin family for real. It's BECAUSE incest is the worst thing you can accuse someone of, particularly when you have no evidence or even a suggestion that it's true, that they chose it as the thing the NY Times accused the Palins of. They were being outrageous to satirize the outrageous bias and lies of the NY Times, not to attack the Palins. They showed the reporters just making the charge up out of thin air. Watch the sketch before you leap to conclusions. It will probably be on NBC.com if it isn't already. Once you see how they portrayed the NY Slimes reporters, maybe you'll understand that they were on our side with this one. And the punchline of the reporter winning a Pulitzer Prize for an obviously unsupported slanderous lie about a Republican was the perfect capper.
Sounds like an accurate portrayal of the Times.
..I also think it’s not a commentary on the Palins..etc..
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From what I have ‘seen’ here etc I agree with you.
My only ‘question’ is: “When will we see the same type skit with BO or for that matter ANY Black or Middle Easterner being the ‘star’?”
The only “SAFE” target for personal assault satire is your average White Christian Male... Conservative/Republican/Female also ‘fair game’, race not withstanding...
Years ago they did many skits about Idi Amin DaDa, Col. Khadaffi, Arafat and others .
It's amazing how when the left wants to insult someone, they project their own sins. It's as if the worse thing someone could do it be like them. Which I suppose is true...
Maybe I should have said “will learn of this and be disgusted by it” rather than letting it be inferred that decent people watch SNL! It’s no longer the “Bring out your pollen!” SNL, that’s for sure.
Last straw. No more SNL for me.
I knew the daily kos did the incest bit, but didn’t know about the times.
Are you kidding me? They actually put that in a news story?
Guys, read the comments and descriptions above. This was a satire of the NEWS MEDIA, and a very good one, it seems. The question was supposed to be something that your average transgendered, never been out of Manhattan news reporter might ask, not the opinion of SNL on Palin.
Ah, putting two and two together:
No, the SNL sketch just used it as an example of something the NY Times would likely concoct. The paper didn’t really report that. Although if such a charge appeared on Daily Kos, it will likely show up in the Times within three days.
They are making fun of the NYT-which deserves it.
Go back and re-read my post.
I stated from the beginning that the skit was a slam on the media, the NYT’s in particular.
I just wished they had picked a different topic to use besides incest.
Get it now?