Still, there might be something more serious involved here. For good or ill, Jon Stewart’s Daily Show and Stephen Colbert’s Colbert Report have an ever-increasing influence on political debate. Meanwhile, cable news has been evolving ever more rapidly into infotainment. CNN even hired alleged comedian D. L. Hughley to host a show. Fox News’s legitimately funny Red Eye is becoming a ratings sensation.
Considering the evolving — or, rather, devolving — standards of the legacy media in the wake of Dan Rather’s self-immolation, maybe CNN is just ahead of the curve? After all, if it’s okay for the press to report something that is “fake but accurate,” why should SNL escape notice when it does the same thing?