Saturday Night Live Lies And The Biased Mainstream Media Cheers: Propaganda Mission Accomplished

That cold open from last week’s Saturday Night Live was a perfect illustration of the maxim, best articulated by the late, great, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, that “You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.” Satire must be granted considerable license, but basing nasty mockery on a deliberate misrepresentation is unethical even if it is funny. The SNL skit above isn’t funny, unless one finds deliberate misrepresentation and outrageous laziness funny. I don’t.

The opening narration essentially takes the skit out of the realm of humor into the murky world of propaganda and public disinformation. Alito’s draft only states that “no woman has a right to an abortion” in the context of Roe v. Wade’s legally flawed and factually sloppy argument that the U.S. Constitution guarantees such a right through the unenumerated right of privacy. The SNL phrasing is deceitful, technically accurate but misleading. The draft does not state that no woman should have an abortion, and specifically states that the opinion takes no position on whether abortion should be legal or not.

The next statement, however, is an outright lie: “Alito explains…that abortion is in fact a crime.” No, he does not. Alito performs a historical overview to show that, unlike other rights in the Constitution, abortion had never been regarded a right before Roe, and in fact had been a crime in many settings for centuries. That is a fact. Alito never states that abortion “is” a crime. No Supreme Court Justice would.

Then the narration says, “To prove it, he cites a treatise from 13th Century England. .. which laid such a clear foundation for what our laws should be in 2022.” Since “it” is the false claim that Alito stated that abortion is a crime, this statement is also a lie, as well as deceit: the phrasing implies that the old treatise is all Alito references, which is false, as well as falsely stating that his purpose is to “prove” abortion “is” a crime.

The skit’s authors obviously didn’t read the opinion they are mocking: that’s unethical and unprofessional. They were apparently basing their attempted satire on hearsay falsehood fed to them by pro-abortion activists, or, in the alternative, morons. Either way, the skit was despicable. It also epitomized the downward spiral of the show, which has become more focused on signalling its progressive bona fides than actually doing its job, which once was presenting pointed, perceptive satire. Making fun of a draft opinion that you misrepresent, haven’t read, and don’t understand is just political hackery, not professional comedy. I must also say that the smug certitude of host Benedict Cumberbatch was especially nauseating, as he took part in the skit though hosts usually stay out of the open. He’s a British citizen, and knows nothing about our system and the function of the Supreme Court. To mock something one must have a legitimate basis for mockery: he had even less than the rest of the SNL cast.

Oh, but the mainstream media pronounced the skit hilarious, or at least neglected to point out that it was utter crap. Mother Jones, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, Vanity Fair (which called it “brilliant”) all reviewed the skit as if it was worthy of Voltaire. Facts Don’t Matter to these people.

And they think that’s funny.

9 thoughts on “Saturday Night Live Lies And The Biased Mainstream Media Cheers: Propaganda Mission Accomplished

  1. Downward spiral? SNL has been at the bottom of a very humorless, hackery-filled, pretentious barrel for decades.

  2. Or they read it and didn’t care because SNL consistently portrays any idea from the right as evil.

    One thing that bothers me about the media and our public education’s system’s ignorance is that people equate constitutional or not constitutional with evil or good. So, if the constitution doesn’t support the right to an abortion, people think you are saying abortion is evil. Insert every other issue that falls prey to this fallacy.

    To me, constitutionality is textual/historical question, not a policy one. Just like Scalia used to say, if you don’t like the constitution, change it, but it’s not the job of the judiciary to twist the constitution to say what they want it to say just because they have a preferred policy outcome. In no other area of life would we allow anyone to add to the meaning of a document the way the Supreme Court has in many cases or the way the left advocates the Supreme Court *should* rule.

    I agree with you about the SNL skit. Good comedy needs to be grounded in facts (even if they are exaggerated a little). This skit took Alito completely out of context and portrayed him like he was some kind of sexist living centuries ago. The bigger tragedy here is that wokeness is killing comedy, not only by suppressing speech but also by the fact that wokeness in itself is annoying and not funny.

    • The bigger tragedy here is that SNL could’ve saved money if they’ve just used cardboard cut outs for the characters. With the added benefit that some acting skill and personality may have been present.

      How far Cumberbatch has fallen.

  3. Yeah, doesn’t matter if they read it. They’ll always end up playing to their base…which is to say, a bunch of people who are too stupid to know why the joke doesn’t land. We’re living in a world where democrats are watching and laughing at their TV very similar to Dax Shepard watching “Ow! My Balls!” in “Idiocracy”. Ignorance is bliss.

  4. This is a typical leftwing reaction to not getting their way. This typical leftwing reaction is counterproductive to their cause. It is not a convincing argument to kick and scream like a toddler. It is not a convincing argument to deliberately misconstrue what your ideological opponent says, take everything out of context, and jeer at the other side like an 11 year old hopped up on pixie sticks. Burning down pro-life centers, driving Supreme Court justices into hiding , and marching into a Catholic Church dressed as a handmaids while screaming obscenities is terrorism, not persuasion. Average people do not like terrorists, screaming toddlers, or jeering pre-teens.

    Personally, I hope the left continues to throw this violent temper tantrum. What is that saying? Never interrupt your opponent when they are making a big mistake? Seems applicable.

    • Burning down pro-life centers, driving Supreme Court justices into hiding , and marching into a Catholic Church dressed as a handmaids while screaming obscenities is terrorism, not persuasion. Average people do not like terrorists, screaming toddlers, or jeering pre-teens.

      When do they march into mosques?

  5. Go back and watch it again. You won’t convince me that’s an actual audience laughing. That’s 100% laugh track. Which makes sense. Since none of it was funny.

  6. Kate McKinnon strikes me as being a one trick pony. And that trick is really annoying. She makes that big-eyed face. And, that’s it.

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