By James Hirsen
NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” is a late-night weekend tradition, which over the course of its extended run has used an assortment of contemporary political figures as comedic fodder in its trademark sketches. However, a curious thing has happened to SNL’s comical programming content over the course of the past several years.
The liberal bias that has been evident in Hollywood, and has now additionally permeated an inordinate number of our established media outlets, has also saturated the humor of the iconic television show. And the ideological comedic imbalance is hardly a laughing matter. Humor, if chosen to be used to the detriment of an individual, organization, or company, is one of the most powerful and injurious weapons in the social and cultural arsenal.
You may recall that negative humor was lodged against an individual by SNL during the 2008 presidential election. A caricature of then-GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was created, and through the comic weapon of Tina Fey’s Palin impersonation, the caricature took hold in the pop culture and ultimately eclipsed the real Sarah. [more...]