The ESPN-affiliated, Bill Simmons-run website Grantland, which specializes in sports and popular culture, claimed on Friday that Fox News Channel is a major source of what Simmons calls “unintentional comedy” (or maybe "subconscious comedy" would be more accurate).
In a feature about the history and influence of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” segment, Grantland staff writer Brian Phillips opined that “the structure of Fox News is so deeply and basically comic that it’s impossible not to read it into the tradition of news satire” and that “like ‘Weekend Update,’ Fox succeeded by taking the elements of a normal news broadcast and exaggerating them to ludicrous proportions.”
Could it be, just maybe, that there's hope for Randi Rhodes yet?
Rhodes finds herself high on the list of prominent left-wing radio hosts (mainly because it's a very short list), but her rants as often documented here make it difficult to take her seriously. (Audio after the jump)
Miley Cyrus hosted “Saturday Nightly Live,” which meant SNL used a musical number to bash conservatives. Cyrus sang a take-off of her song “We Can’t Stop,” turning it into a sexual mockery of the GOP called “We Did Stop (The Government.)” It seems it’s not a lefty attack on Republicans if it doesn’t bash Boehner and Bachmann.
SNL portrayed House Speaker John Boehner with skin-tight, mid-drift revealing wife beater and multiple earrings dancing with Cyrus, depicting a hyper-sexual Michele Bachmann (R- Minn). Both actors were shown in highly suggestive behavior, grinding on a bed, touching themselves and more. At points the Boehner-impersonator, also in his underwear, danced suggestively and came on to another man. Particularly offensive were images of Bachmann/Cyrus in underwear suggestively groping herself.