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SNL spoofs CNN: Pregnancy test sends out countless irrelevant bulletins

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Whether we watch CNN, MSNBC, Fox, or the Big Three TV networks, we are often subjected to a constant stream of non-news, redundant reporting, irrelevant stories, inane bulletins, anchors and commentators with nothing new to say, repetitive clips, video packages, you name it.

I rarely watch CNN any more, but I do keep an eye out for interesting tweets on the Twitter Machine. And guess what? The tweets from people and organizations I follow were filled with mockery and snark about CNN's incessant coverage of the horrific Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappearance.

Coverage of a major news story is one thing, red herrings and extraneous filler are quite another. It was hard to avoid the multitude of tweets noting how CNN devoted twenty-four hours a day (or so it seemed) to one story, even when there was nothing to report.

Ocean footage is not news.

CNN was clearly aware of the social media reaction. Well, Jake Tapper was, anyway. When I retweeted Jacki Schechner (@JackiSchechner), about it, he popped into our thread to inform us that CNN, as we speak, was airing a report about something else. Hey, if you have to interject that your network has taken a hiatus from their fixation on one story, then maybe the criticism is valid.

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That's an order! One that I didn't obey.

If only news networks would become, you know, news networks, instead of commercialized, ratings-centric infotainment feeds.

And with that, here is Saturday Night Live's "commercial" spoofing news media coverage generally and CNN specifically. They nailed it:

BREAKING: CNN more confident than ever that it will soon know if you’re pregnant,” read one alert from the test, in between updates about Oscar Pistorius removing his legs in court and Kesha. Ultimately, we learned nothing from the pregnancy test...

H/t: Mediaite

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President Obama, Please Proceed to Host Saturday Night Live ASAP

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Written by guest contributor, "hardybear" of the wonderful Free Range Talk site:

How to win back the liberal Liberal amorè of  '08 and  properly bitch-slap the Regressive Asshattery --- deliver one fell swoop of satire from Thirty Rock. Just picture it. A confident, relaxed Barack Obama takes the mic and croons a few bars of " I'm-m-m ... so fed up with you … killin' every damn thing the country needs me to do … it ain't nothin' but Boo-Hoo-Hoo … and not just from Bar-fly Bo(eh)ner ...

And is then joined by the dramatically back-lit, unprecedented musical host Fantasy Gaggle of Gaga, Bono, The Boss, Beyoncè,  Aretha, The (remaining) Beatles, Page & Plant, Jagger & Richards,  Madonna and Mister Wonder.

Web-snark gem 'Between Two Ferns' was a particular favorite of hipster Malia Obama, First Teen ... so when her Dad caved and delighted his daughters by being gamely swatted around by Zach Galifanekis, that whole 'Mom jeans' idiocy got returned to sender in A-lass-ka.

Cue Fvx News. Hair ablaze, the conservative punditry and media minions sang a scolding Greek chorus of 'The Dignity of the Office".  Are you effing kidding The Free World? You want to see undignified?  -- here you go --

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The president is going to the wall to get the message to we hard-headed People that healthcare insurance reform IS underway and there's a REAL deadline at the end of this month to enroll via the ACA. Maybe Republicans can spend their days blocking unemployment insurance and debating the degree of Lindsey Graham's ambiguous gay-hood, but President Dude has a day job!

Enjoy Lizz Winstead et al on Up with Steve Kornacki  and their comedic convo on the topic.

This just in from Variety Thursday: President Obama Defends Doing Funny or Die’s ‘Between Two Ferns’

ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd on Thursday asked Obama about criticism that Abraham Lincoln would not have stooped to such humor. Obama replied that “if you read back on Lincoln, he loved telling the occasional bawdy joke and being out among regular folk.” He added that “one of the hardest things about being president is being in this bubble that is artificial and unless you make a conscious effort, you start sounding like some Washington stiff.”

The Grumpy Old Geezer Party and middle-schooler Lipton Brigade canonized Über-Con Ron Ron,  a B movie actor who did standup with (genuine talent) Bob Hope -- but damn and deride a man of principle going to the mat of self-embarrassment as a Dad and a leader. One who actually gives a phuque about The People to reach out to the generation that's literally our future. 

Keep right on that flight plan, Regressive Republicans of Yore. Your bloated hypocritical underbelly is about as attractive to the future Makers as the thought of reverting to dial-up.

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SNL 'Piers Morgan' interviews 'Chris Christie' about 'Bridgegate'

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Where would we be without Saturday Night Live?

This is a 'cold open' of a 'Piers Morgan' interview of 'Chris Christie' via Hulu.com.

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Coming Soon, Epidemic of Lettuce Smokers -- Congressman Buyer

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Oh, boy, where to start? When the nuts in the crazy house start bringing up analogies, you're sure to have some outrageous statements that only serve to reinforce why we need to clean house in Congress. For too long, we've been committing the insane to the big domed building on Capitol Hill and not the institutions for the mentally challenged or handicapped in their own state. And they shouldn't mind. With the ACA, pre-existing conditions will now be covered.

Take Rep.Steve Buyer, R-Ind. With a name like Buyer, you might think this guy was a dope dealer. Only half right. The first half. He's a dope.

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In debating whether or not eCigs, the tobacco-less smoking vaporizing devices are harmful and should be regulated as tobacco, Buyer goes off on a tangent that only someone high on Marijuana could make sense of. I'm not saying he's a pot head -- I'm just saying his logic is about as sound as someone who's been on a non-stop Kush smoking binge for a few days --  if not since college.

I'm neither for nor against eCigs. But when you take to the floor of Congress to fight for one side of the other, don't some unprepared. It shows.

Buyer's argument harkens ineffectively to guns don't kill people, people do. In his argument cigarettes don't kill, only people who smoke them do. Of course he forgets the thousands, if not millions who've died from second hand smoke. But Dealer isn't all that bright and his arguments would give an aged Swiss Cheese a run for it's money in the content holes department.

So he goes on -- not quitting when he had half a valid argument to go on. His amped up argument reaches to smoking lettuce.

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LETTUCE. That green, leafy stuff you make a salad with. He's proposing that drying and smoking lettuce is analogous to smoking marijuana or tobacco.

See for yourself. This real Congressional moment wouldn't need a bit of punch-up to become a classic SNL sketch. It's right up there with the Sarah Palin parodies and the "more cowbell" sketch with Christopher Walken.

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AUDIO: Michele Bachmann is twerk-free!

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A few days ago, Paddy posted Video- SNL: We Did Stop (The Government), a strangely entertaining little parody starring "John Boehner" and "Michele Bachmann" (as played by tongue enthusiast Miley Cyrus). They spoofed the GOP shutdown with their version of “We Can’t Stop."

The "real" Michele Bachmann commented about all that and more in a conference call on a conservative talk show hosted by Rusty Humphries. After going into her usual "impeach President Obama" routine, she responded to the SNL sketch.

Via Right Wing Watch:

...Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota suggested that the House hold hearings on impeaching the president. Bachmann said that “impeachment is the stain” on the presidency and “We can have an impeachment hearing in the House and in my mind the President has committed impeachable offenses.”

Yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever so anyway blah blah blah...

Bachmann:

“You know, I have a good sense of humor and I never take that personally."

"...The Monday after Saturday Night Live aired, we had a lot of calls in the office, and we had people thought that actually was me in the skit. And let me tell you, as a 57-year-old woman, it’s been a long time since I’ve been confused for a 20 year old.”

“I’ve never done twerking in my life and I don’t intend to take it up.”

Twerk-Free Bachmann? I never thought I'd say these two words to 'Chele, but here I go: Thank you.

H/t: My pal @Anomaly100 at FreakOutNation

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Add A Pinch Of Salt And You’ve Got Whack-A-Doodle Stew

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Here’s what you get when you send fertilizer over to Egypt and expect the results to be anything less explosive than the Oklahoma City/Timothy McVeigh car bomb.

Tea party experts on diplomacy and foreign affairs, stalwarts Michele Bachmann, Louie Gohmert and Steve King spent this past weekend in Egypt thanking the country’s military for overthrowing their elected government. Rumor has it that their real purpose in going there was to get tips on how to overthrow a government because they have plans to do that here in the states.

When it came time to demonstrate this troika’s understanding of the unrest in Eqypt, they began what can best be described as a Saturday Night Live sketch.  Oh, this is priceless. During the threesome’s speeches, they constantly blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for the 9/11 attacks in the U.S.

RAW STORY:

“We have seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed here for the people in Egypt. We have seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed around the world. We stand against this great evil. We are not for them. We remember who caused 9/11 in America. We remember who it was that killed 3,000 brave Americans. We have not forgotten.”

So much for our Tea party knuckleheads’ understanding of the actual 9/11 details:

In fact, the 9/11 Commission determined that Osama bin Laden and his Al-Qaeda terrorist network were responsible for orchestrating the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 (not the Muslim Brotherhood). Following the attack, the Muslim Brotherhood “strongly condemned” the action.

Deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who was a top Muslim Brotherhood leader at the time of the attacks, called them “a wrong act which we denounce regardless of its doer.”

So this blathering trio, los tres amigos de locura (insanity) continued their road show, gaff after gaff. They hardly got a fact right. What they were doing in Egypt is anyone's guess. A pending war action in Syria, a total failure by President Obama's official emissaries John McCain and Lindsey Graham 10 days earlier that then these "saviors" pop up, to add to the hijinx.

Lorne Michaels once used a Sarah Palin speech, word for word, as an opening for SNL. It was delivered by Tina Fey. It brought down the house. And when the real Sarah Palin then stepped on the stage, the roar could be heard around the world. You have to hand it to Sarah, she knew she was a joke and was a good sport about it.

Here’s the next verbatim sketch from the comic geniuses at SNL:  Bachmann, Gohmert, and King face the people of Egypt. You'll fight to keep a straight face.

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Bye, Bye, Stefon Night Live

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All through the summer I was hoping that there would be some amazing breaking news. No, not that Headline News would be renamed the Nancy Grace Network. Not that Congress would put aside it’s differences and admit that Obama was reelected. And not that Mitch McConnell would retire instead of face defeat in a general election. I had something really meaningful on my mind.

I had been hoping that Bill Hader -- or more specifically, his character of Stefon – would return to Saturday Night Live.

I've been around long enough to remember when SNL began. Though I was just a kid, everyone talked about it. And through all sorts of seemingly irreplaceable cast changes, the show survived. Now the most memorable repeat character since Dana Carvey’s Church Lady or John Lovitz the liar, has left studio 8H.

Rumors persist that Stefon will make occasional and unannounced return visits, but that just doesn't seem to do it for me.

So, if you are like me and my buddies, there’s a huge void that has been opened. And until it can be filled with some sumptuous surprise, here’s a little treat, courtesy of “The Daily Beast

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