Trump Calls for Investigation into SNL Over 'Collusion' with Democrats, Russia
President says Federal Election Commission should 'look into' Saturday Night Live
President Donald Trump is calling for a federal investigation into Saturday Night Live (SNL) for potential "collusion" with Russia and the Democrats.
Following a rerun over the weekend of an episode Trump has taken past issue with, the president took to Twitter on Sunday asking if the show should be investigated by federal regulators for their constant, one-sided attempt to make him look bad, without doing the same to the Democratic Party.
President Trump described the barrage of mockery from SNL as "an advertisement without consequences" and a way to help Democrats.
"There must be Collusion with the Democrats," Trump stated, "and, of course, Russia!"
Saturday Night Live is currently airing repeats with the next new episode scheduled for March 30.
The repeat of the sketch show that aired on Saturday was a parody of "It’s a Wonderful Life" where Trump is shown imagining what his life would be like had never been elected president.
Liberal Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin plays Trump and depicts him as a stupid, selfish, incompetent leader who doesn’t care about America and never truly wanted to be elected.
The first lady is portrayed as a simple and stupid celebrity who doesn’t like or support her husband and has a thick Russian-sounding accent.
In reality, Melania Trump originates from Slovenia, a country in South Central Europe which shares a border with Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia.
It’s no secret that the television program has long used the president as a punching bag, but the question is do they give equal treatment to Democrats?
Or does the show use its satirical nature to attack one side of the aisle without regard for balanced coverage of world issues and politics?
The word satire is key here because it makes it easy to side-step the issue and claim it was all just a joke.
Realistically, many young voters who otherwise don’t pay much attention to politics are drawn to the show.
While it’s true that SNL made fun of former Democratic President Bill Clinton quite a bit, the depiction of Bill Clinton was somewhat that he was a ‘cool’ guy.
In general, former President George W. Bush’s character on the show is more similar to the current representation of President Trump.
Both have been shown as incompetent fools.
Both are Republican presidents. Is this a coincidence?
How was Barrack Obama depicted on Saturday Night Live?
True, he was also made fun of, but in a manner similar to Bill Clinton, where his major comedic fault was that he was too cool to be president.
It’s truly incredible that shows like Saturday Night Live, not funny/no talent, can spend all of their time knocking the same person (me), over & over, without so much of a mention of “the other side.” Like an advertisement without consequences. Same with Late Night Shows......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2019
....Should Federal Election Commission and/or FCC look into this? There must be Collusion with the Democrats and, of course, Russia! Such one sided media coverage, most of it Fake News. Hard to believe I won and am winning. Approval Rating 52%, 93% with Republicans. Sorry! #MAGA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2019
Bottom line: There have been some questionable patterns that are now easily seen as SNL has become increasingly political in almost every sketch.
Saturday Night Live premiered on NBC on October 11, 1975, under the original title NBC’s Saturday Night.
SNL is produced by Broadway Video located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.
Broadway Video’s other current TV productions include The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Mulaney, Portlandia, The Awesomes, Man Seeking Woman, and The Maya Rudolph Show.
Key Executives For Broadway Video Entertainment, Inc. include Jack Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer; Mr. Stacey Foster, President and Managing Director of Production Services; Mr. Lorne Michaels, Founder and Executive Producer; Mr. Joseph Brady, Chief Financial Officer; and Ms. Britta von Schoeler, President of Broadway Video Enterprises, according to Bloomberg.
President Trump is the first president to address such partisan issues seen from the sketch comedy show.
Should FEC and FCC rules apply to sketch comedy and late-night comedy if an obvious political bias is exposed?
Could these one-sided attacks from a clearly-anti-Trump national TV show amount to propaganda?
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