October 7, 2012

Watch what David Gregory of NBC’s Meet the Press does here (sorry about the ad!)

It’s the only really funny bit from Saturday Night Live’s skit on the first presidential debate. The fake Jim Lehrer says, “Mr. President, Governor Romney has just said that he killed Osama Bin Laden. Would you care to respond?” And Obama replies: “No, you two go ahead.”

David Gregory’s interstitial comment is what I want to bring to your attention: Saturday Night Live was “having some fun at the President’s expense,” he says. True! Obama is shown as comically disengaged and unable to mount any defense of himself.

But the skit is also making savage fun of Mitt Romney. The Saturday Night Live writers are commenting on Romney’s shamelessness, his tendency to say anything that he thinks will help get him elected. Thus, “Governor Romney has just said he killed Osama Bin Laden.” (Which gets a big laugh because it is apt.) What Gregory notices is the Saturday Night Live writers making fun of Obama, probably because Gregory has already absorbed into his own normal Romney’s willingness to say anything, regardless of whether it’s true— like, for example, his false claim that his health care plan covers pre-existing conditions. 

Okay, it’s a tiny thing. And I don’t claim that this is evidence of bias. Nor do I think Gregory is being unfair to Obama. It’s just… interesting what is revealed in his unthinking segue.

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    No, of course David Gregory isn’t biased or unfair. But one day he will have his own show on Fox.
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    Watch what David Gregory of NBC’s Meet the Press does here (sorry about the ad!) It’s the only really funny bit from...
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