Video: The forbidden bailout sketch

posted at 1:20 pm on October 7, 2008 by Allahpundit

The boss has the transcript, Pat Dollard has the vid. Ad Age politely inquired with NBC as to why they’re yanking an ad-supported clip that’s sure to earn hundreds of thousands of views. No reply yet.

After watching it again, I’m even more amazed that they put it on the air. The jokes aren’t even that good; either they were strapped for topical material or someone really wanted to take a shot at the Democrats and Soros and managed to push it onto the producers’ plate through sheer force of will. But who inside the show would have the cachet and the motive to do that? I like Ace’s theory. A lot. Click the image to watch.

Update: If even Alec Baldwin’s willing to put the blame where it belongs


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“No reply yet.”

they haven’t figgered out which lie will look the most plausible …
:-)

Buckaroo on October 7, 2008 at 1:22 PM

I think they stole it from Treacher.

Dan Collins on October 7, 2008 at 1:25 PM

Rush played clips from the skit this morning. It’s getting past the gatekeepers.

Scott Free on October 7, 2008 at 1:26 PM

It might just be that the Democrats won’t get off scot free this time.

Terrye on October 7, 2008 at 1:29 PM

Naturally, the link is killing Pat Dollard’s site.

It's Vintage, Duh on October 7, 2008 at 1:29 PM

The patdollard server is getting hammered right now. At least there’s no getting to the video at this time.

AubieJon on October 7, 2008 at 1:31 PM

Naturally, the link is killing Pat Dollard’s site.

It’s Vintage, Duh on October 7, 2008 at 1:29 PM

Small traffic and little ad revenue, or massive overload of traffic and site crash?

Sweet, sweet HotAiralanche.

BadgerHawk on October 7, 2008 at 1:31 PM

Couldn’t see it.

It’ll be down soon anyway. Osama Obama will send the Thought Police, as Soros is surely demanding.

MrScribbler on October 7, 2008 at 1:32 PM

“Terrye on October 7, 2008 at 1:29 PM”

sniff, sniff

is that JUSTICE in the air?!
:-)

Buckaroo on October 7, 2008 at 1:33 PM

“MrScribbler on October 7, 2008 at 1:32 PM”

a couple “obama yout” goons vs. Pat — that would be an entertaining 10 seconds of combat!
:-)
:-)

Buckaroo on October 7, 2008 at 1:34 PM

It’s going to go viral. And it should.

Mr. D on October 7, 2008 at 1:35 PM

Does anyone remember Robert Smiegel’s anti-corportate media (esp. GE) “TV Funhouse” that was buried deep in the show a decade ago, and never ran again, not even in repeats?

Here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGEdDd5zsHo

YYZ on October 7, 2008 at 1:36 PM

Ok, so the truth broke out for a few moments doesn’t mean it ever really happened. Nothing to see here, move along folks.

Buzzy on October 7, 2008 at 1:37 PM

I still can’t believe NBC is so firmly in the tank for Obama that they would actually take the clip down just to prevent the video from going viral and potentially influencing public opinion. That is just shocking to me.

I understand the media’s concern about defamation liability because they “named names” on that family involved in the Wachovia deal. Fine. So cut that bit out of the clip!

But here’s what I’ll tell you about media. The media only get worried about the “consequences” of a story when it comes to making fun of Democrats or Islamic radicals. (See, e.g., the Comedy Central incident with South Park, the papers that refused to run the Danish cartoons, John Edwards, and now this). They’ll run lies about Republicans without remorse or apology. So color me skeptical that NBC pulled the clip because of “worry” about being sued. Media organizations get sued all the time and almost always win on First Amendment grounds.

Outlander on October 7, 2008 at 1:37 PM

I downloaded a version late last night and have a copy as a Quick Time Movie on my desk top. I linked to Ms. Underestimated through Michelle who was all over this first.

Nyog_of_the_Bog on October 7, 2008 at 1:38 PM

Too bad about the subtitle for the Sandlers (“people who should be shot”). Might be true, but I believe that could give someone a legal basis for having the video pulled.

Purple Fury on October 7, 2008 at 1:39 PM

I think they stole it from Treacher.

What did I ever do to you, Dan?

Jim Treacher on October 7, 2008 at 1:40 PM

The sketch is not nearly as effective or important without the bit about the Sandlers. They are close friends of Nancy Pelosi. I’ll bet Pelosi is behind the killing of the video.

A more benign explanation is that NBC is going to recut the sketch without the “People Who Should Be Shot” caption. That was a little much.

rockmom on October 7, 2008 at 1:41 PM

Pat must not have the bandwidth to handle the traffic. I waited for about 2 minutes, and nada.

lionheart on October 7, 2008 at 1:44 PM

“NBC is going to recut the sketch without the “People Who Should Be Shot” caption. That was a little much.”

Agree – shooting is too good and too quick for them.

NoDonkey on October 7, 2008 at 1:45 PM

What dumba$$es. Yank it to stop it from going viral, and look what they’ve accomplished – they’ve made it go viral. Thanks, dummies!

thirteen28 on October 7, 2008 at 1:46 PM

All the truth fit to suppress. A few feathers have fallen off the NBC peacock.

eaglewingz08 on October 7, 2008 at 1:47 PM

“thirteen28 on October 7, 2008 at 1:46 PM”

funny how that works …

Buckaroo on October 7, 2008 at 1:49 PM

Did Downey write the Palomino! skit in 2006? That was another big hit at Pelosi.

juliesa on October 7, 2008 at 1:50 PM

Yeah, I’m leaning toward the “People Who Should Be Shot” thing too. Sure, they’re leftist billionaires in league with Soros, but still.

Jim Treacher on October 7, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Get buzy buzzing this up, folks. Send it around and ask others to buzz it too.

Connie on October 7, 2008 at 1:54 PM

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/10/06/BUL713C93P.DTL

Shooting back at SNL: Herb Sandler’s been “listening to this crap for two years,” and he’s not going to take it anymore. Especially after “Saturday Night Live” labeled him and his wife, Marion, former owners of Oakland’s Golden West Financial (nee World Savings) as “people who should be shot” in a skit that ran this past weekend.

. . .

But they don’t want to be the fall guys for the collapse of Wachovia, and, by extension, the nation’s financial system. “We are being unfairly tarred,” Herb, 77, told the Associated Press. (We called Herb, who lives in the East Bay, but hadn’t heard back by press time).

Chubbs65 on October 7, 2008 at 1:56 PM

The narrative of the Dems being responsible for this mess IS getting out. Did any of you guys watch The Colbert Report last night, with guest Jim Cramer? I’ve been monitoring Youtube all afternoon, waiting for that clip to show up. Let’s just say the Dems. came out looking worse than they did after the SNL clip.

Weight of Glory on October 7, 2008 at 1:57 PM

Too bad about the subtitle for the Sandlers (”people who should be shot”). Might be true, but I believe that could give someone a legal basis for having the video pulled.
Purple Fury on October 7, 2008 at 1:39 PM

Even if that were true, it would take about two seconds to re-do.

logis on October 7, 2008 at 1:57 PM

My last comment didn’t go through, I hope this isn’t a duplicate comment.

“Shooting back at SNL: Herb Sandler’s been “listening to this crap for two years,” and he’s not going to take it anymore. Especially after “Saturday Night Live” labeled him and his wife, Marion, former owners of Oakland’s Golden West Financial (nee World Savings) as “people who should be shot” in a skit that ran this past weekend.
. . .
But they don’t want to be the fall guys for the collapse of Wachovia, and, by extension, the nation’s financial system. “We are being unfairly tarred,” Herb, 77, told the Associated Press. (We called Herb, who lives in the East Bay, but hadn’t heard back by press time).”

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/10/06/BUL713C93P.DTL

Chubbs65 on October 7, 2008 at 1:59 PM

Weight of Glory on October 7, 2008 at 1:57 PM

Viacom, who owns Comedy Central, I believe has sued or suing YouTube so you find the video there. It is here though.

terryannonline on October 7, 2008 at 2:00 PM

Heh. NBC scrubs its website and ACORN Housing has scrubbed theirs. Go here and click on any item, either in the tabs at the top, or down below, and see what you get.

I’m almost tempted to send J Castigarrabia an email, as he may be the 21st century version of the the Maytag Repairman – the loneliest guy in the world.

Buy Danish on October 7, 2008 at 2:01 PM

Here’s the You Tube version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRNt5KfNWZs

Connie on October 7, 2008 at 2:01 PM

“…even Alec Baldwin’s willing to put the blame where it belongs…”

Yes, word is getting out, slowly.

This is how stupid Olbermann is: I watched his latest Special Comment. He spends a lot of words trashing Fannie Mae for what it did to a poor elderly woman named Addie Polk. Then he goes after Gov. Palin for not talking about the evil done by Fannie mae, before launching into a deranged personal screed against her.

He obviously hadn’t received his daily Dem talking points: Fannie Mae never existed and is not to be spoken of.

juliesa on October 7, 2008 at 2:02 PM

Listening to the audio again, it’s interesting to hear how … uncomfortable … the studio audience seem at times as the sketch goes along. They totally enjoyed the Palin-Biden debate bit — this being New York, much more for the Palin bits than for the Biden stuff — and seemed really ready to get into this segment, right up until the point that Barney admits that Bush is actually right about the Democrats’ involvement.

For the rest of the sketch, there’s a certain nervous laughter at the gag lines, as if the audience is wondering “When’s the Bush-bashing part going to resume so we can start laughing again without feeling guilty?” (the biggest single laugh is for the “Wachovia” line, though my guess is it would have been a little more restrained if most of the audience had known the Sandlers weren’t a made-up couple and were big Democratic donors).

jon1979 on October 7, 2008 at 2:03 PM

I posted the video to YouTube last night. It’s still there.

C’mon, people…make this one go viral.

ManlyRash on October 7, 2008 at 2:03 PM

Dollard must be getting overwhelmed.

drjohn on October 7, 2008 at 2:03 PM

Wait, I’ll just give you a link to Comedy Central. Just click on the box where Cramer is.

Weight of Glory on October 7, 2008 at 2:04 PM

terryannonline on October 7, 2008 at 2:00 PM

Thank’s terryannonline. Once again you’re about three steps ahead of me.

Weight of Glory on October 7, 2008 at 2:05 PM

I like Ace’s theory. A lot.

Based on his wiki, this is him:

In 1995 Downey appeared in the film Billy Madison as the high school principal who referees the quiz contest at the end of the movie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPgI-7hTZkQ

Ha!

Dash on October 7, 2008 at 2:06 PM

If there is any hope, my g/f works at Roll Call and heard Stu Rothenberg talking about he thinks Obama has peaked to early and will lose the election.

Let hope!!!

Lance Murdock on October 7, 2008 at 2:09 PM

GE is thissss close to getting their guy in the White House and extending their contracts to Iran. There is no f-ing way someone from GE was not involved in this — as in, they told NBC to remove all traces of this bit. GE may have had to have been roused by Obama or Iran’s friends in the Senate (read: Reid) but this had to have come down from them.

GE will do anything to keep those contracts live. McCain wins and GE/Universal/NBC will be punished.

grdred944 on October 7, 2008 at 2:10 PM

Sorry wrong thread.

Lance Murdock on October 7, 2008 at 2:14 PM

Thank you all who worked to get this out. Much appreciated! :-)

Feedie on October 7, 2008 at 2:14 PM

After watching it… no wonder its getting yanked, the skit is pretty truthful as to what happened. Well… we can’t have that now… can we? It even lays the blame at the feet of the Democrats.

Maxx on October 7, 2008 at 2:15 PM

The YouTube link that Ad Age supplied has been taken down by NBC Universal. Amazing, considering that on the same page, the Biden-Palin debate skit is still available on YouTube in its entirety. I’m sure it’s just a copyright claim, though. Really. Positive. Totally.

And Alec Baldwin…blamed Clinton and the democrats…for the crisis?

I’m off to catch me a flying pig.

MadisonConservative on October 7, 2008 at 2:16 PM

Sorry, Jim. I meant “the funny bits.”

But now you mention it, remember that time you refused to buy me another beer?

Dan Collins on October 7, 2008 at 2:17 PM

I downloaded a version late last night and have a copy as a Quick Time Movie on my desk top.

Nyog_of_the_Bog on October 7, 2008 at 1:38 PM

Nyog, could you email me a copy? I’m guessing your QT version is higher quality than what’s on youtube.

Scrutineer on October 7, 2008 at 2:18 PM

After watching it again, I’m even more amazed that they put it on the air. The jokes aren’t even that good…

What would that have to do with SNL keeping a skit off the air?

SteakRules on October 7, 2008 at 2:20 PM

This could explode, and I mean all over Democrats.

drjohn on October 7, 2008 at 2:26 PM

I watched the skit last night when I saw Ace had linked to it. I can’t remember the last time I watched SNL but I thought the skit was spot on. Anybody else catch how “Nancy Pelosi” snubbed Kel when she “comforted” the deadbeats? I thought that was a nice little jab at the inherent racism no one in the Democratic party wants to admit to.

wherestherum on October 7, 2008 at 2:27 PM

My favorite part though was, “George Soros: Owner, Democratic Party.”

Priceless.

wherestherum on October 7, 2008 at 2:36 PM

“Chubbs65 on October 7, 2008 at 1:56 PM”

Yep. They claim to be “unfairly tarred.” The fact is that they sold damaged goods to Wachovia for about $20 billion. Yet, they expect to come out as virgins?

That sentiment “People Who Should Be Shot” may be too harsh. But I’m sure many Wachovia stockholders want to see those two facing jail time for selling fraudulent assets. They knew what they were doing. They were no different from the con-artists who sold the new “clothes” to the Emperor.

newton on October 7, 2008 at 2:36 PM

DOWNLOAD SNL SKIT HERE

DOWNLOAD SNL SKIT HERE

ordi on October 7, 2008 at 2:37 PM

SNL having to yank it off the air smells of censorship and threats of lawsuits from the offended. But the public isn’t fooled. How many watched that skit on Saturday Night?

Their masks are coming off, guys!

newton on October 7, 2008 at 2:38 PM

But now you mention it, remember that time you refused to buy me another beer?

Why would I buy somebody else a beer? Beer is for me.

Listening to the audio again, it’s interesting to hear how … uncomfortable … the studio audience seem at times as the sketch goes along.

They hadn’t been instructed how to respond.

Jim Treacher on October 7, 2008 at 2:51 PM

Soros: You’re not to speak. I don’t like you.

Rush played this this morning, the guy who plays Soros is hilarious. I couldn’t stop laughing.

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on October 7, 2008 at 2:51 PM

DOWNLOAD SNL SKIT HERE – ordi on October 7, 2008 at 2:37 PM

After you download it, upload it to YouTube. Be sure to change the filename to something newsy and innocuous. Do not use any keywords that will flag it, such as SKIT, SNL, etc.

My YouTube post is here and it’s starting to get lots of hits. Let’s make this thing go viral.

ManlyRash on October 7, 2008 at 3:00 PM

It’s always shocking when they let a little truth slip, but I have to say: SNL really sucks. I’ve seen some hilarious stuff on the show, but sometimes, it’s just terrible. The impressions just stink.

I know most will disagree, but that’s my honest feeling.

capitalist piglet on October 7, 2008 at 3:02 PM

Must read from Michelle Malkin in today’s NY Post on ACORN’s stealth interest in the bailout bill. Ugh.

http://www.nypost.com/php/pfriendly/print.php?url=http://www.nypost.com/seven/10072008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/rescue_rewards_housing_hustlers_132399.htm

BuckeyeSam on October 7, 2008 at 3:13 PM

I have it here as well. I put it on sevenload and so far so good.

rightonamerica on October 7, 2008 at 3:14 PM

I just watched the vid here.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRNt5KfNWZs

allrsn on October 7, 2008 at 3:18 PM

They are not merely out to elect Democrats, but to also permanently realign U.S. politics and shift our society and culture in a far-left wing direction…

I wonder who would ever think of doing anything like that…………?

Seven Percent Solution on October 7, 2008 at 3:28 PM

One bit of the bit that really struck me was when Bush said it was the Dems’ fault, Pelosi said no, Bush backed down, Frank admitted what Bush said was true, and Pelosi said, in effect, “Shush, Bush will stay cowed with the slightest mau-mauing.”

I think only a true believer conservative would make this (all too true) criticism of Bush. That is, in a sea of complaints about Bush from the Left, this was a complaint that one only hears from Bush’s conservative critics.

We’ve got a mole at SNL.

boko fittleworth on October 7, 2008 at 4:06 PM

I love this, from a March 9, 2008 New York Times story about what wonderful progressive philanthropists the Sandlers are, (they specialized in ARMS):

But what makes them so sure their way is better?
It starts with outrage,” Herb Sandler said. “You go a little crazy when power takes advantage of those without power. It could be political corruption — ”
“Or subprime lending,” Marion interrupted.
“The story of subprime is worse than anyone has written so far,” Herb said, shaking his head in dismay.
“It is,” Marion said, nodding in agreement.

**

Lowell Bergman, a New York Times and “Frontline” contributor who has long been friends with the Sandlers, says much the same thing. “Herb doesn’t like crooks, liars, predatory lenders and lots of other people that you and I wouldn’t like,” he says. “He would like to put them out of business and throw them in jail.”

What the Sandlers want, clearly, is investigative journalism that leads to change in public policy or finds, as Herb put it to me, “the next Enron.” (“Get the bastards,” he said to me excitedly at another point.)

Buy Danish on October 7, 2008 at 4:20 PM

I’m downloading it now, so if it gets yanked, I’ll put it up.

rightwingprof on October 7, 2008 at 4:27 PM

I posted the video to YouTube last night. It’s still there.

C’mon, people…make this one go viral.

ManlyRash on October 7, 2008 at 2:03 PM

Guys, BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT LINKS YOU CLICK ON! Even HERE or at Hulu, etc. I “lost” my hardrive after clicking on one last night and it took over an hour to diagnose & repair it.
PLEASE KEEP YOUR VIRUS & OTHER SECURITY PROGRAMS UPDATED DAILY & SET TO RUN AUTOMATICALLY!

NightmareOnKStreet on October 7, 2008 at 4:46 PM

Information wants to be free

Apparently NBC doesn’t want it to be, they’re nixing this video right and left.

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on October 7, 2008 at 5:04 PM

I nearly died. Laughing. It would have been even more funny if Bush was eating a banana or a pretzel, maybe. I think this new group they have on SNL is the funniest they have ever had in the whole history of the show.

argos on October 7, 2008 at 5:14 PM

That was a skit?

oakpack on October 7, 2008 at 5:22 PM

After you download it, upload it to YouTube. Be sure to change the filename to something newsy and innocuous. Do not use any keywords that will flag it, such as SKIT, SNL, etc.

My YouTube post is here and it’s starting to get lots of hits. Let’s make this thing go viral.

ManlyRash on October 7, 2008 at 3:00 PM

This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by NBC Universal

That’s funny, YouTube yanked it due to “copyright claim by NBC Universal”… but ALL the other NBC Universal SNL skit clips where Tina Fey is ripping on Palin are all still there. So are all the SNL clips where McCain is being bashed, Bush, Cheney, etc etc.

Someone please tell me again how all the media outlets, even on the interwebs, are not trying their hardest to shape and form and influence how we vote, how we live, how we see and perceive things. I need some reassurance.

SilverStar830 on October 7, 2008 at 5:24 PM

NBC will be aggressively chasing this video from the standard video sharing sites for the next few weeks, I’m sure. However, you can download (and share) the SNL C-SPAN Bailout sketch via bit torrent here: http://www.mininova.org/tor/1885620

Bit torrent isn’t for everyone, but it is a lot easier than you think. You’ll need a good client link uTorrent or Azureus, but it is real easy to set up. The torrent has a very healthy swarm of seeders right now, ready to distribute the file. Once widely distributed, it isn’t coming down.

Also, the file is small enough to fit throught most email gateways. I’m not suggesting you spam everyone in your address book with it (please, don’t do that)… but you can email it to your parents and a few close friends, probably.

blueguitarbob on October 7, 2008 at 5:26 PM

blueguitarbob on October 7, 2008 at 5:26 PM

However, you can download (and share) the SNL C-SPAN Bailout sketch via bit torrent here: http://www.mininova.org/tor/1885620

Yes, thanks for that link. I was looking for this in the torrents and had the entire SNL episode ready for download. I’d much rather download this skit so I can hurry up and get it out to others.

ynot4tony2 on October 7, 2008 at 5:35 PM

Soros: You’re not to speak. I don’t like you.

Rush played this this morning, the guy who plays Soros is hilarious. I couldn’t stop laughing.

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on October 7, 2008 at 2:51 PM

My favorite character too; the guy was terrific – but not a bad job on Barney Frank either. Best line of the skit.

Have been wondering how Pres. Bush feels about having his “affable doormat” image lampooned.

inviolet on October 7, 2008 at 5:36 PM

Someone please tell me again how all the media outlets, even on the interwebs, are not trying their hardest to shape and form and influence how we vote, how we live, how we see and perceive things. I need some reassurance.

SilverStar830 on October 7, 2008 at 5:24 PM

“Thou Shalt Not Lie.”

Sorry.

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on October 7, 2008 at 5:51 PM

Wow! I downloaded it from the above torrent link and immediately posted it on youtube. It was yanked before it could even appear. Simply wonderful.

ynot4tony2 on October 7, 2008 at 5:57 PM

Let’s not forget Lorne Michaels.

Yes, he’s given money to Obama’s campaign but everyone knows which side his bread is buttered on.

The Ugly American on October 7, 2008 at 6:21 PM

That was hilarious.

Lovin’ the Frank and Soros impressions *thumbs up*

Reaps on October 8, 2008 at 7:28 AM

They didn’t leave the GOP out either, so that seemed.. dare I say it… pretty balanced to me.

Shocking?

Perhaps best of all was pointing out the people who belong to neither DNC or GOP, but are just plain morons, who also can’t avoid some of the blame

Reaps on October 8, 2008 at 7:36 AM