Video: CNN helps Obama out by … fact-checking SNL’s skit

posted at 7:52 pm on October 5, 2009 by Allahpundit

Via Greg Hengler. Heaven forbid that the average half-drunk late-night Saturday TV viewer be “misinformed” about our savior by a comedy show reminding them that health care’s “not done” (which it isn’t) and that Afghanistan’s gotten worse this year (which it has). Even if you want to clap Obama on the back for keeping his promise to send more troops, might it not perhaps be worth mentioning that he’s currently rethinking the entire “war of necessity” mindset on which he campaigned?

Let’s see if you can guess how the segment ends. Think: Media outlet is in the tank, subject is SNL skewering politicians. What footage is damned near obligatory here? And there it is, at 2:50.


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I watched this today and I couldn’t stop laughing. Maybe someone can dig up the clips of CNN doing a fact-check on skits about Palin.

tdavisjr on October 5, 2009 at 7:55 PM

SCAM – State Controlled American Media

Branch Rickey on October 5, 2009 at 7:56 PM

No Palomino?

see-dubya on October 5, 2009 at 7:56 PM

“I’ll take covering Barry’s Ass for $1000 Alex..”-Wolfie

portlandon on October 5, 2009 at 7:56 PM

CNN should google “FOX” and “ratings” and take a hint.

jimmy2shoes on October 5, 2009 at 7:57 PM

Phew! We American’s might have started to use them as our serious liberal news outlet instead of CNN. I wonder if they’ve ever fact checked SNL for the impersonation of a Republican?

ClanDerson on October 5, 2009 at 7:57 PM

Good god! Keep digging CNN.

AUINSC on October 5, 2009 at 7:58 PM

Did he really start by saying, “It seems no politician is safe from?????? SNL ……..

FAIL

Branch Rickey on October 5, 2009 at 7:58 PM

Politifact is shilling again? Geesh.

Patrick Ishmael on October 5, 2009 at 7:59 PM

My God. CNN truly is the party organ of the Obama administration.

Crawford on October 5, 2009 at 7:59 PM

Well, that explains Wolf’s epic failure on Jeopardy….yes, you guessed it:
obama anal poisoning.

HornetSting on October 5, 2009 at 8:00 PM

We used to sing a ditty about clowns like Wolf Blitzer – “He wears a brown ring around his nose, and every day it grows and grows.”

Wyatt Wingfoot on October 5, 2009 at 8:00 PM

I didn’t that that CNN couldn’t get any lower, boy was i wrong.

kathleen on October 5, 2009 at 8:00 PM

I hate our media… f’em…

ninjapirate on October 5, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Hey you Commie News Network; SARAH PALIN NEVER CLAIMED TO HAVE SEEN RUSSIA FROM HER HOUSE – FACT CHECK THIS WOLF!

Branch Rickey on October 5, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Next thing you know they’ll be fact checking celebrity jeopardy…

ninjapirate on October 5, 2009 at 8:01 PM

According to Obama and his cronies, there are limits to free speech (see: “You Can’t Say That“). SNL’s spoof on Obama will soon be labeled as “an act of racial discrimination” and sanctions will follow.

Sir Galahad the Pure on October 5, 2009 at 8:02 PM

That’s incredibly sad…but not surprising.

Asher on October 5, 2009 at 8:02 PM

We used to sing a ditty about clowns like Wolf Blitzer – “He wears a brown ring around his nose, and every day it grows and grows.”

Wyatt Wingfoot on October 5, 2009 at 8:00 PM

I’m stealing that, Wing.

HornetSting on October 5, 2009 at 8:03 PM

When do they drop the designation of journalist/journalism and adopt the designation of propagandist/propaganda?

johnnybgood on October 5, 2009 at 8:03 PM

Chutzpah

jp on October 5, 2009 at 8:04 PM

That’s pretty unbelievable. Has that ever happened?

p0s3r on October 5, 2009 at 8:04 PM

Cartoonish News Network.

ThePrez on October 5, 2009 at 8:05 PM

I can’t wait until SNL does their fact check skit on CNN.

MikeA on October 5, 2009 at 8:05 PM

Considering this skit came at Obama mostly from the left, lampooning him for promises to the liberal wing of the Democratic Party that went unfulfilled, about the only thing that might make the show come back and do a similar skit attacking Obama from the right is for goofballs like the staff at CNN to fact check a comedy skit.

jon1979 on October 5, 2009 at 8:06 PM

CNN has always been a shill network for the left. They and they good buddy Obama are disgusting.

rplat on October 5, 2009 at 8:06 PM

“I’ll take covering Barry’s Ass for $1000 Alex..”-Wolfie

portlandon on October 5, 2009 at 7:56 PM

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I’ll raise that to nose to butt for the daily double…
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They would smell his farts and tell us that they smell like roses.
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RalphyBoy on October 5, 2009 at 8:06 PM

I can’t wait until SNL does their fact check skit on CNN.

MikeA on October 5, 2009 at 8:05 PM

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+100

RalphyBoy on October 5, 2009 at 8:07 PM

Next up John Stewart and The Daily Show—Fact, fiction or Pulitzer Prize?

Just A Grunt on October 5, 2009 at 8:08 PM

we need to takeover the MSM as much as we need to defeat the Dems

jp on October 5, 2009 at 8:08 PM

Alex: “This news network panders to Obama 24/7.”

Wolfie: (Excitedly) “What is CNN?”

Alex: “No, sorry Wolf, CNN is not a news network.”

fogw on October 5, 2009 at 8:08 PM

SNL was taking a swipe from the Left side of the aisle. CNN can’t even stand criticism of Obama from the left side? Geez, so thin-skinned.

terryannonline on October 5, 2009 at 8:08 PM

What the hell would CNN know about cheking facts?
Still, SNL could have done sooooo much more to skewer the idiot.

ZeeMI on October 5, 2009 at 8:09 PM

There must be an explanation for this…

Oh, yes! CNN is made by, of and for the STOO-PEED PEEPLES.

Orange Doorhinge on October 5, 2009 at 8:10 PM

They could spend 3 days fact checking Wolf Blitzer’s answers on Jeopardy.

Ronnie on October 5, 2009 at 8:11 PM

I watched this today and I couldn’t stop laughing. Maybe someone can dig up the clips of CNN doing a fact-check on skits about Palin.

tdavisjr on October 5, 2009 at 7:55 PM

I remember the showed the skits , but not the fact checking though..

the_nile on October 5, 2009 at 8:11 PM

fogw on October 5, 2009 at 8:08 PM

LOL XD

Orange Doorhinge on October 5, 2009 at 8:11 PM

I can’t wait until SNL does their fact check skit on CNN.

MikeA on October 5, 2009 at 8:05 PM

No , it’s the Onion who got that contract.

the_nile on October 5, 2009 at 8:12 PM

fogw on October 5, 2009 at 8:08 PM

Thanks, now I have to figure out how to get scalloped potatoes off my keyboard (eating supper at the computer again…)

lovingmyUSA on October 5, 2009 at 8:12 PM

Does Darell Hammond do a good Wolf Blitzer???

I can see this becoming a skit next week….SNL spoofing CNN’s pathetic attempt to defend Obama against an SNL spoof.

They could feed off each other for a few more weeks at least.

BigWyo on October 5, 2009 at 8:13 PM

Must have been a pretty slow news day.

baxtrice on October 5, 2009 at 8:13 PM

I can’t wait until CNN does a “truth” expose about this….

Seven Percent Solution on October 5, 2009 at 8:13 PM

I’m sure the CNN fact-checkers are going to reveal that Sarah Palin never actually said “I can see Russia from my house” any second now.

DarkKnight3565 on October 5, 2009 at 8:14 PM

This makes way for two things:

A) Jon Stewart mercilessly mocking CNN for reaching a new depth of stupidity (it’s basically his favorite target next to the right).

B) SNL responding with its own fact-checking of a joke made by a CNN anchor at some point.

amerpundit on October 5, 2009 at 8:14 PM

CNN = Crappy News Network – what a joke

tanvec on October 5, 2009 at 8:16 PM

CNN helps Obama out by … fact-checking SNL’s skit

To quote John McEnroe: You CANNOT be serious!

ncborn on October 5, 2009 at 8:16 PM

like an over protective Mother coming to the defense of her baby.

tatersalad on October 5, 2009 at 8:16 PM

CNN is an EPIC FAIL.

cubachi on October 5, 2009 at 8:16 PM

Sad, but true, QOTD:

“SNL is an important source of political information for many Americans”, or words to that effect.

fred5678 on October 5, 2009 at 8:16 PM

The Major Media in the U.S. gleefully jacks-off to Obama. Any other description of the relationship between the Media and Obama is gross understatement. They finally found a politician they can masturbate to like a rock star.

KentAllard on October 5, 2009 at 8:17 PM

amerpundit on October 5, 2009 at 8:14 PM

I hope it’s the SNL choice. It would be great entertainment to watch this become a weekly tit-for-tat. SNL would win, hands down.

sherry on October 5, 2009 at 8:17 PM

In the words of the infamous Blagojevich “Fire the editorial writers “and get us some editorial support.”

Snap,snap Blitzer. Maybe the Won will reward you and allow you to bask in his presence. A little brown on that nosy wosey will go well with an arugula and Kobe beef dinner at the Whitehouse.

canditaylor68 on October 5, 2009 at 8:18 PM

the dems and MSM really think we are stupid

unseen on October 5, 2009 at 8:21 PM

This dovetails into what Glenn Beck was talking about today on his show.
Instead of wasting your time taking apart SNL skits, they should investigate what the hell is going on with the obama administration, Iran, the Norks, Acorn, SEIU, the Czars, the healthcare bill, cap and tax…..SOMETHING.

HornetSting on October 5, 2009 at 8:22 PM

So, according to CNN, the itemized and utterly incontrovertable list SNL gave was “not a fair portrayal.” But Tina Fey playing a flute during a debate was “a dead on impersonation.”

Seriously, I wonder if any of those “crack journalists” at CNN even know what their ratings are?

logis on October 5, 2009 at 8:23 PM

Not comedy. Too close to the truth! They crossed the line.

PaCadle on October 5, 2009 at 8:24 PM

LOL, No they did NOT!!!!!

I can hear the conversation now, moments after the skit aired.
Obama: Wolf, hey, I hate to wake you, but I need you to do a piece countering SNL’s skit they did on me.
Wolf: No problem, Mr. President, you didn’t wake me actually. I’ll get right on that, sir.
Obama: Thank you, Wolf. The media is getting out of control.

As if CNN doesn’t have a gazillion other stories to report on??? Unbelievable.

bridgetown on October 5, 2009 at 8:24 PM

As I mentioned in the other thread, I was at the gym and couldn’t stop the treadmill. Thank you, CNN, for 4 extra minutes!

SouthernGent on October 5, 2009 at 8:24 PM

How many times have they done this for Republicans?

They not only did not correct the “sarah palin said she can see russia from her house” (when in reality she said you can see it from parts of alaska — which is a factual statement), they actively reinforced it.

What a joke. I can’t even bring myself to watch this.

Joe Caps on October 5, 2009 at 8:24 PM

We used to sing a ditty about clowns like Wolf Blitzer – “He wears a brown ring around his nose, and every day it grows and grows.”

[Wyatt Wingfoot on October 5, 2009 at 8:00 PM]

It’s “Wisk around the collar” for Wolf now.

Dusty on October 5, 2009 at 8:25 PM

If someone wants to see SNL’s full spoof of Obama, here it is (not even funny).

Sir Galahad the Pure on October 5, 2009 at 8:27 PM

Are you figgin kidding me!!11!11!11!! WAAAAAAHHHHAAAHAHAAAHHHAAAAAHHHAAAAHHAAAHAHHAAAA….they are making fun of dear leader!!!11!!!1 WAAHAHHAHHAAAAHHHHAAAAAAAHHAHAAA….quik someone fact check these lies!!!11!!!1 WAAHAHHAHHAHAHHAAAHHAHAAA!!!1!!!!!!!!

NY Conservative on October 5, 2009 at 8:27 PM

Funny, I don’t remember a CNN fact check that reported (1) Bush is not really a chimpanzee and (2) the Nazis were actually more violent than the Bush Administration.

Cicero43 on October 5, 2009 at 8:28 PM

CNN
The most frustrated name in news

macncheez on October 5, 2009 at 8:31 PM

And they wonder why their called whores.

GarandFan on October 5, 2009 at 8:31 PM

CNN fact checked an SNL skit?

This has to be a first. Really incredible.

Moesart on October 5, 2009 at 8:32 PM

The truly hysterical part about this, among others, is that CNN’s fact-checking is itself wrong. Yes, SNL may be a more credible news outlet.

Erich66 on October 5, 2009 at 8:33 PM

Wow, throwing a Palin excerpt into a defense of Obama.

How pathetic and sad. CNN is a joke.

Richard Romano on October 5, 2009 at 8:35 PM

Too bad the round table discussion afterwards wasn’t included in the clip. Yes, seriously, they had a round table discussion about this with Frum and his liberal friends at CNN.

SouthernGent on October 5, 2009 at 8:35 PM

Thank God we have a “Free and Independent Press” in the United States of America to keep the Citizens informed of the truth about our Political Leaders…!

Seven Percent Solution on October 5, 2009 at 8:35 PM

CNN, or as I think to call it, Al Jazeera West, has officially removed itself from the realm of reality and journalisim.

What comes after “jumping the shark?”

milwife88 on October 5, 2009 at 8:35 PM

OH.MY.GAWD! How friggin embarrassing. What MORONS! They are just too stupid for words.

sarainitaly on October 5, 2009 at 8:36 PM

Seven Percent Solution on October 5, 2009 at 8:35 PM

Did I forget the /sarc tag…?

Seven Percent Solution on October 5, 2009 at 8:36 PM

With clowns like Blitzer, Ringling Brothers are going to have to shut down their clown academy.
SNL can just rerun Blitzer’s segment to punctuate the Obama skit for loads of laughs.
Meanwhile, the Taliban and Iran is trembling in their boots! Bwaaaaahhaaaaa!
While Israel is saying “Good God!”. And the IOC is saying “We knew it long ago.”

Cybergeezer on October 5, 2009 at 8:37 PM

“I’ll take covering licking Barry’s Ass for $1000 Alex..”-Wolfie

portlandon on October 5, 2009 at 7:56 PM

thomasaur on October 5, 2009 at 8:38 PM

The Onion News Network has competition!

Their ace reporter Coyote Schnitzler is going to be pissed!

profitsbeard on October 5, 2009 at 8:38 PM

White House behind the door comment, “wait until they see the headlines tomorrow about FCC trains its focus on SNL”

bluemarlin on October 5, 2009 at 8:38 PM

This WH is very thin skinned. They cannot allow a comedy routine go without refuting. Another sign of great narcissism.

d1carter on October 5, 2009 at 8:39 PM

Is this the same CNN that told Lou Dobbs to stop asking about the long-form birth certificate because it had been thrown away when they digitized all their files, only to have the Hawaiians say that they never disposed of any paper records? That CNN? Are they allowed to even use the word, “fact”?

“Checking the farce” is more along the line for CNN.

And who is that Adair idiot?

progressoverpeace on October 5, 2009 at 8:40 PM

That was almost as pathetic as Wolf’s stint on Jeopardy…

D2Boston on October 5, 2009 at 8:40 PM

John Stewart better do a piece about this.

Perfect story for him to look into the camera and yell, “Are you f ing kidding Me?!!!”

bridgetown on October 5, 2009 at 8:41 PM

Too bad the round table discussion afterwards wasn’t included in the clip. Yes, seriously, they had a round table discussion about this with Frum and his liberal friends at CNN.
SouthernGent on October 5, 2009 at 8:35 PM

That competes with the troll on the Letterman thread bringing up Bob Barker’s infidelity as the funniest thing on the web today!

Branch Rickey on October 5, 2009 at 8:41 PM

PATHETIC.

regal on October 5, 2009 at 8:41 PM

Thank God we have a “Free and Independent Press” in the United States of America to keep the Citizens informed of the truth about our Political Leaders…!

Seven Percent Solution on October 5, 2009 at 8:35 PM

And now this stellar media is keeping the citizenry informed of the propaganda being spread by these subversive comedians! I feel so secure and well informed!

Cybergeezer on October 5, 2009 at 8:42 PM

What comes after “jumping the shark?”

milwife88 on October 5, 2009 at 8:35 PM

No one has ever survived it…

… Good question. How about “sucking Obama’s d%ck”?

Seven Percent Solution on October 5, 2009 at 8:43 PM

This cannot be for real?!! CNN not even hiding the fact they are running cover. SICK.

kemg on October 5, 2009 at 8:44 PM

Obama to doctor: “what’s this red ring around my unit doc?”

Doctor: “I had no idea Wolf wore red lipstick.”

44Magnum on October 5, 2009 at 8:44 PM

The butt licking media will eat anything Obama puts in his outstretched hand to them.

Cybergeezer on October 5, 2009 at 8:46 PM

Since we’re on the topic of Obama and cruddy comedy shows, I just saw this commercial on TV and couldn’t believe my eyes. Thought it HAD to be an Obama impersonator. So I googled it.

Nope. The most powerful man in the world is in a commercial for George Lopez’s new comedy show.

Here’s the link. AP, wanna start a new thread?
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2009/06/president-obama-shills-for-comedian-george-lopez.html

SouperConservative on October 5, 2009 at 8:46 PM

“On Iraq, um Saturday Night Live said, “not done,” um and of course thats true, they’re not done, but they hadn’t promised to be done by now.”

Well, what Mr. editor of a “non-partisan” website forgot to mention was the great commander promised we would be out of Iraq in 16 months after he was in charge. Well, time is almost up and the administration has made no hint of some massive irresponsible withdraw in the coming months. So, I would say that its fair to add that to the LIE list.

NeverLiberal on October 5, 2009 at 8:47 PM

To prove just how thin skinned liberals are they only fact checked what they consider right wing complaints. They can’t remind their pathetic left wingers. They might cry realizing he has done Nothing, Nada.

meMC on October 5, 2009 at 8:47 PM

How does one parody this?

BTW after jumping the shark your show gets cancelled. Maybe we could do a spinoff; Michelle Loves Barry.

Mojave Mark on October 5, 2009 at 8:50 PM

[affecting his best John McEnroe impersonation] YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!! A NON-PARTISAN FACT-CHECKING SERVICE!!

..let them have their fun in their little echo chamber. They’ll be sitting on their asses come a year from November, they will be out on the streets, Obama will be sucking wind, and Mike Steele will be butt-smooching the Acorn boss-lady all around the ballyard.

No.Freaking.Clue.

VoyskaPVO on October 5, 2009 at 8:50 PM

Wow, Wolfie, you sure showed those comedians! For once, I’m actually looking forward to upcoming SNL skits.

Blacksmith on October 5, 2009 at 8:52 PM

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