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Monday, October 11, 2004

SNL Effect
Casual voters in this country get a lot of their political information from entertainment sources, such as Leno, Letterman, the Daily Show, and SNL. Obviously, the entertainment industry leans way to the left, but the first two try to be non-partisan, and they do a decent job. The Daily Show partly makes up for a left slant by being funny. Saturday's SNL had the slant without the humor.

They opened with a long "debate" between actors portraying the candidates. It basically consisted of "Kerry" being so smart and dignified that his main fault was being boring and long-winded. "Bush" on the other hand, ran around screaming "look at me, I'm an idiot." It was the least sympathetic portrayal I have seen this year (although I avoid the DU/Oscars). They also had an "Ex-Presidents" skit that showed Bush rounding up black people so they couldn't vote, and ended up with all Presidents past beating up Bush for "lying and cheating."

If viewers assume that there is a grain of truth to this, it could hurt a lot. Although I guess it is conceivable that it was so outlandish, that people will dismiss it outright. It's not really what I watned to see.

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