Report: SNL to repost bailout sketch

posted at 5:55 pm on October 7, 2008 by Allahpundit

Media Blog gets a scoop. Honest explanation or feeble excuse-making by NBC to cover its tracks after getting caught trying to suppress a politically “unhelpful” video? You make the call!

NBC spokesman Marc Liepis tells National Review only this (annoying ALL CAPS in original):

“UPON REVIEW, WE CAUGHT CERTAIN ELEMENTS IN THE SKETCH THAT DIDN’T MEET OUR STANDARDS. WE TOOK IT DOWN AND MADE SOME MINOR CHANGES AND IT WILL BE BACK ONLINE SOON.”…

NBC sources say the objection has to do with the caption underneath the two mortgage-backed securities investors who made off with billions, which reads: “People who should be shot.” The same sources say the video will be edited to remove that language and returned to the website.

That was the caption that appeared during the segment with the Sandlers, lending credence to the boss’s theory that a few well-placed phone calls from their lawyers might have made SNL scramble. (According to NBC, per Deadline Hollywood, no legal threats were made.) Exit question: Isn’t this actually amazingly fortuitous “controversial” publicity to stoke interest in the sketch before it’s re-released? E-mail it to someone you love!

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SNL has standards you know…

danking70 on October 7, 2008 at 5:58 PM

To be fair to SNL, I kinda thought it was the “people who should be shot” part that got it removed. Its free speech and all, but in today’s climate, when that CEO actually got beat up at the gym, people might actually go and shoot those two. They still don’t have any excuse for not posting the NYT piece from a few weeks ago.

jimmy the notable on October 7, 2008 at 5:58 PM

UPON REVIEW, WE CAUGHT CERTAIN ELEMENTS IN THE SKETCH THAT DIDN’T MEET OUR STANDARDS. WE TOOK IT DOWN AND MADE SOME MINOR CHANGES AND IT WILL BE BACK ONLINE SOON

The “improved” version will be 3 seconds long.

lorien1973 on October 7, 2008 at 5:58 PM

WE TOOK IT DOWN AND MADE SOME MINOR CHANGES

… this i’d like to see.

wise_man on October 7, 2008 at 6:00 PM

It was pretty obvious that this was what was up…

ninjapirate on October 7, 2008 at 6:02 PM

Did they have to get Keith Olbermann’s approval?

originalpechanga on October 7, 2008 at 6:04 PM

Its a freaking SNL skit. Get over it. You Zoo Yorkers are unbelievable.

VolMagic on October 7, 2008 at 6:06 PM

Yawm, if it isn’t liberal… they don’t air it.

**YAWNS**

upinak on October 7, 2008 at 6:06 PM

Hoooooray for fortuitous controversy! A video that correctly places the blame goes viral and NBC gets more ad revenue to continue shilling for Obama.

BadgerHawk on October 7, 2008 at 6:06 PM

VolMagic on October 7, 2008 at 6:06 PM

Supposedly, most Americans get their political news from programs like the Daily Show and the Colbert Report. I guess SNL wants to also feel like they are “informing” the masses.

I think they take themselves too seriously. Like Obama’s candidacy.

m064404 on October 7, 2008 at 6:09 PM

Keep ahold of your copies of the original, for comparison purposes (and posterity). :D

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on October 7, 2008 at 6:10 PM

BadgerHawk on October 7, 2008 at 6:06 PM

Oh and don’t forget Fey and her stupid Palin skit. Fey should kiss Sarah’s butt for getting her career back up off the floor.

upinak on October 7, 2008 at 6:11 PM

I was pretty surprised by that caption when I found out they are real people.

frankj on October 7, 2008 at 6:11 PM

“UPON REVIEW, WE CAUGHT CERTAIN ELEMENTS IN THE SKETCH THAT DIDN’T MEET OUR STANDARDS. WE TOOK IT DOWN AND MADE SOME MINOR CHANGES AND IT WILL BE BACK ONLINE SOON.”…

It continues:

IN THE UPDATED VERSION, BUSH WILL BE BLAMED FOR EVERYTHING AS HE SHOULD BE.

TheBigOldDog on October 7, 2008 at 6:11 PM

Keep ahold of your copies of the original, for comparison purposes (and posterity). :D

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on October 7, 2008 at 6:10 PM

Roger that – Got a copy in the Archive Volume!

SkinnerVic on October 7, 2008 at 6:13 PM

UPDATE: NBC sources say the objection has to do with the caption underneath the two mortgage-backed securities investors who made off with billions, which reads: “People who should be shot.” The same sources say the video will be edited to remove that language and returned to the website.

I’m not sure I understand what was wrong about the original caption…

Shay on October 7, 2008 at 6:13 PM

AND THE CAPTION THAT WAS UNDER THE SANDLERS HAS BEEN MOVED TO BUSH

TheBigOldDog on October 7, 2008 at 6:14 PM

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Bishop on October 7, 2008 at 6:15 PM

AND THE CAPTION THAT WAS UNDER THE SANDLERS HAS BEEN MOVED TO BUSH

TheBigOldDog on October 7, 2008 at 6:14 PM

lol

BadgerHawk on October 7, 2008 at 6:20 PM

Anyone else having trouble getting to HA today? Same with MM, RS, Patterico…all loading like snails. MSM sites OK.

Limerick on October 7, 2008 at 6:23 PM

To be fair to SNL, I kinda thought it was the “people who should be shot” part that got it removed. Its free speech and all, but in today’s climate, when that CEO actually got beat up at the gym ***
jimmy the notable on October 7, 2008 at 5:58 PM

The guy who got punched in the face at the gym was the CEO of Lehman Brothers, not the couple mocked in the SNL skit. I agree, though, that that particular line was over the top… But NBC should never have allowed that bit to air at all, and it shouldn’t have been so quiet about it for more than 24 hours. I think they tried to suppress an unhelpful skit (unhelpful for Obama) and got caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

Outlander on October 7, 2008 at 6:23 PM

“CERTAIN ELEMENTS IN THE SKETCH THAT DIDN’T MEET OUR STANDARDS.”

I can see that. It was a political skit that wasn’t completely in the tank for the Democrats.

I can just imagine how outraged the network censors were that it aired at all.

malclave on October 7, 2008 at 6:23 PM

I have to admit,Barney Frank’s character isn’t to
flattering,haha!!

Interesting note about that sketch,when Gwen Ifill was on
the Sunday talk show with Brokaw,the Leftys seem to give the SNL skit of the GaffeBiden/SaraCuda debate a lot of
weight!

So,this SNL BailOut sketch should cause some of these Leftys
to have a bad nights sleep,or are they going to go into denial of their own reality,in beleiving this hype, will
affect the electorate!!

canopfor on October 7, 2008 at 6:25 PM

Translation: We inadvertently grasped the meaning of satire and are working to correct this problem. Our apologies to everyone involved.

Ryan Gandy on October 7, 2008 at 6:28 PM

Anyone else having….

Limerick on Oct 7,2008 at 6:23PM.

Limerick: Yes,I lost one post already,I think its lost
somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle of the Net!!

And yes,slow as molasses!!:)

canopfor on October 7, 2008 at 6:28 PM

I just watched it here.

http://www.thrfeed.com/2008/10/nbc-to-restore.html

Saying the Sanders couple should be shot, who are big Obama backers, and Soros, who as it says, owns the Democratic Party, earned SNL a lot of credit in my eyes. That’s the way it should be for comics, hit everyone equally. We are so used to whores like Jon Stewart you forget that comedy is only funny when it stands with all the people, not just those who toe a party line.

ivrydov on October 7, 2008 at 6:28 PM

CEO beaten up in the gym? How about the CEO in India that was beaten to death by this recently fired employees.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/sep/23/india

That sort of thing makes you take a whole new look at delegation!

hburns on October 7, 2008 at 6:30 PM

Exit question: Isn’t this actually amazingly fortuitous “controversial” publicity to stoke interest in the sketch before it’s re-released?

Exit Answer: Absolutely, positively not. If they did, then they have maximized the broadcast of a lefty humor sketch which tells all their lefty fans that the Democrats own the mortgage related economic fiasco.

This would be the first time any of their little lefty viewers ever heard anything like that.

Maybe they’re counting on the viewers just not understanding it? Good bet.

Jaibones on October 7, 2008 at 6:30 PM

Oh, and when they said that the real victims was Wachovia, it’s too bad they also didn’t say “every American taxpayer.” And yes, the graphic ‘they should be shot’ is mild.

wise_man on October 7, 2008 at 6:38 PM

It didn’t meet their standards because it went over their normal truth threshold.

Anything with more than 33.3% truth is unacceptable to NBC.

Elizabetty on October 7, 2008 at 6:41 PM

Oh,priceless If I may say!

Veddy* interesting,it zounds* like zee* internet Kastopo
have been summoned to correct zee* problem!!

It appears zat* zee* herr*’SNL ComedyNazis are tweeking zee*
video,so zee*heads vill* roll!!

And it is an attempt,at zee* herr'”Fairness Docturine” to
be, how shall I zay* zis*,rammed down zee* throat!!!(Snark)
haha.

*(canopfor deeply regrets,and applogies to anyone that is
German,and the besirchment of said language)!:):)

canopfor on October 7, 2008 at 6:41 PM

Oh and don’t forget Fey and her stupid Palin skit. Fey should kiss Sarah’s butt for getting her career back up off the floor.

upinak on October 7, 2008 at 6:11 PM

Didn’t she just win a bunch of Emmys for 30 Rock?

Maybe SNL should thank Palin for the ratings. But Tina Fey, as Palin would probably agree, has done pretty well on her own.

Why dog on women just for doing well?

The Race Card on October 7, 2008 at 6:43 PM

Eh…never mind. It’s actually pretty stupid.

Jaibones on October 7, 2008 at 6:44 PM

¡EXCLUSIVE!
SNL still sucks.

The Race Card on October 7, 2008 at 6:44 PM

Much ado about nothing. If they were pulling it to cover Obama, they would never have allowed it on SNL in the first place. They needed to make the changes. That said, it’s a terrible sketch, and makes Bush look like a complete idiot, but at least it puts the blame exactly where it should be: On Nan, Barney, and their minions in the MSM.

Buford Gooch on October 7, 2008 at 6:46 PM

Does anybody really give a rats-ass about SNL???

byteshredder on October 7, 2008 at 6:54 PM

just one half of a percent more so than the view, byteshredder.

hey, this was dropped into our bowl for us to talk about. I’m just chewing on this little piece of bone here. grrr,

wise_man on October 7, 2008 at 7:07 PM

Of course, we’ll keep the original version as the “director’s cut”.

scrubjay on October 7, 2008 at 7:12 PM

Didn’t she just win a bunch of Emmys for 30 Rock?

Maybe SNL should thank Palin for the ratings. But Tina Fey, as Palin would probably agree, has done pretty well on her own.

Why dog on women just for doing well?

The Race Card on October 7, 2008 at 6:43 PM

Since when does “Emmy” equal ratings? I was barely aware that Tina Fey even had her own show outside of SNL, and I never watched it. I hear that it blows.

fossten on October 7, 2008 at 8:07 PM

The skit’s back up on NBC’s site. It looks like the only edits that were made was the chyron under the “Sandlers” (which results in a bizarre laugh from the audience who saw the original chyron in the studio) and a line that Mrs. Sandler says about meeting with Pelosi later and giving her a kiss on the cheek. The Soros stuff is still there, and most of the rest of the skit is still intact.

ScoopPC11 on October 7, 2008 at 8:26 PM

Perfectly understandable – if they’d broadcast a video that had offended some conservative, I’m sure they’d go back and re-edit the video. Wouldn’t they?

ajackson on October 7, 2008 at 8:29 PM

Didn’t she just win a bunch of Emmys for 30 Rock?

Yeah, like when The Ben Stiller Show won a bunch of Emmys. After it had been canceled. Yeah, he came back years later, but he had to put fake sperm on his ear to do it.

Jim Treacher on October 7, 2008 at 8:48 PM

http://www.fileden.com/files/2008/10/7/2133760/hannity%20obama%20ayers%20et.%20al..zip

director’s cut here with original captions

icemaniceman1111 on October 7, 2008 at 11:25 PM

Since when does “Emmy” equal ratings? I was barely aware that Tina Fey even had her own show outside of SNL, and I never watched it. I hear that it blows.

fossten on October 7, 2008 at 8:07 PM

Yeah, like when The Ben Stiller Show won a bunch of Emmys. After it had been canceled. Yeah, he came back years later, but he had to put fake sperm on his ear to do it.

Jim Treacher on October 7, 2008 at 8:48 PM

Touché Turtle. Dumb point about the Emmys. You guys are right. Please no more spooge references.

The Race Card on October 7, 2008 at 11:46 PM

Should we rename NBC to “Ministry of Truth”? After all they seem to be employing Winston Smith and rewriting history.

HackTholo on October 7, 2008 at 11:58 PM

“Didn’t she just win a bunch of Emmys for 30 Rock?”

The Emmys (and TV/Hollywood in general) love to be self-congratulatory. TV shows and movies about making TV shows and movies are loved by insiders, regardless of how pedantic and boring they may be for people who aren’t in the entertainment industry.

I can think of several emmy-nominated shows about people making shows right off the top of my head (Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Extras, Unscripted, The Larry Sanders Show, and that’s just HBO).

TMK on October 8, 2008 at 4:49 AM

I hear Pelosi threatened suit. She was offended by the plastic looking mask on the actress protraying her. NBC’s response was, “What she expect? Its almost halloween afterall, but we will make some minor changes and it will be back online soon”.

jbh45 on October 8, 2008 at 7:16 AM

Well, I prolly wouldn’t have known about it if not for them ‘pulling’ it, so yes.. it kinda worked well as a publicity stunt.

Then again, not yanking their videos from youtube would also help with publicity.

Hulu not being some sort of region-coded POS would also help with publicity too.

Reaps on October 8, 2008 at 8:07 AM

From the LA Times:

“But a comparison of the two versions shows that actually a little more than that was cut. What also was excised was any mention of the involvement of Massachusetts’ Rep. Frank in the Sandler subprime mess.

Frank is the influential chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and an ardent political protector of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which participated in the subprime problem.

In the original skit Sandler addresses Frank, saying, “And thank you Congressman Frank as well as many Republicans for helping block Congressional oversight of our corrupt activities.”

To which Frank replies enthusiastically, “Not at all!”

All that’s gone in the new version, which Show Tracker has posted here.”

Link to story

ksm on October 8, 2008 at 8:26 AM