In its latest attempt to poke fun at Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, Saturday Night Live showed a skit this past weekend where it lampooned The New York Times as out of touch.
The sketch, however, set off a firestorm by casually putting out there a much more insidious inference — incest — between Todd Palin and his pregnant, teenage daughter, Bristol.
Palin's oldest daughter, 17, is pregnant. Palin and her husband gave birth earlier this year to a baby boy with Down's Syndrome. Some on the left have accused Palin of lying about the April birth and claim that the child is actually Bristol's baby.
In the sketch this past weekend, New York Times reporters gather around an assignment meeting discussing what about Palin to investigate next.
According to a story on Foxnews.com, one reporter asks: “What about the husband? You know he’s doing those daughters. I mean, come on. It’s Alaska.”
Guest host James Franco, who played the assignment editor, sets up the joke of proving a negative, saying, “He very well could be. Admittedly, there is no evidence of that, but on the other hand, there is no convincing evidence to the contrary. And these are just some of the lingering questions about Governor Palin.”
After three of the reporters agree to go to Alaska, one sues for sexual discrimination after being called “sweetie” by a school board member, one is killed by a polar bear and a final reporter wins a Pulitzer for “unproven, yet un-disproven incest in the Palin family” and then is killed by a polar bear driving a “snow machine.”
The final shot in the rambling joke is an image of a New York Times page, featuring headlines: “While No Direct Evidence of Incest in Palin Family Emerges, Counter Evidence Remains Agonizingly Elusive” and “In a Small Alaska Town, Doubts Still Linger.”
We will admit the Tina Fey parody of Palin the previous week was funny. This sketch, however, definitely crosses the line.
While we know they disagree with her on many issues, we're also amazed how many womens groups have not come out and stood up for Palin, at least noting that being a potential vice president is a great step forward for women in this country.
Leave it to the loons on the left to continue to beat the anti-Palin drum. While SNL has done skits of Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, etc. this one on Palin's family went too far. Even lefty Tina Fey may want to question this skit.
You can bet if the skit had been on the Obama family children that we'd be hearing far more outrage today.