Monday, September 22, 2008

Don't worry about it

Apparently there's a furor building concerning this past weekend's "Saturday Night Live" sketch, in which a suggestion was thrown out there that maybe Todd Palin was engaging in incest with one of his daughters. But, but, folks...don't sweat it. Actually the sketch was making big-time fun of the NY Times and accurately skewering the elitist, ignorant mindset of the east coast media.
Fox News has a good summary:

"In Saturday Night Live’s second attempt to mock this year’s vice presidential race, a sketch lampooning The New York Times as out of touch has instead touched off a firestorm by casually throwing out a much more insidious inference — incest — between Todd Palin and his pregnant, teenage daughter, Bristol....The sketch, say supporters, was supposed to accentuate how disconnected The New York Times is from anything west of the Hudson River, particularly Alaska. But critics say that the sketch backfired by suggesting that Todd Palin committed incest. In the sketch, New York Times reporters are sitting around an assignment meeting discussing what about Palin to investigate next. 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.”

See, it's suggesting that some members of the media will believe any slander against the Palins, no matter how lacking in evidence it is. We should encourage that kind of satire. Unfortunately, it's all too connected to the truth.