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Insufficiently Balanced Satire

By on 11.5.07 | 8:34AM

Television critic Tom Shales gave a positive grade to "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams's hosting job on "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend, but bemoaned the show's failure to make fun of President Bush:

Cast member Amy Poehler, laughing hysterically, played Hillary Clinton, who said Democrats should support the candidate "no matter who she may be." Horatio Sanz, who is no longer in the regular cast, returned to play a look-alike Bill Richardson. Darrell Hammond did his usual superb impression of Bill Clinton, and so on. It did seem odd that throughout the evening, and despite "SNL's" reputation for political satire, there were few if any mentions of George W. Bushor any other Republicans, and there were virtually no jokes at the expense of the president, whose popularity rating stands at a miserable 33 percent.

I guess it's not right in the eyes of the liberal media to let one single show pass without "SNL" satirizing the lame-duck president. There's only so much time for them to get their licks in!
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