"Saturday Night Live" opened this week's show with a parody of "Fox and Friends," the morning show on Fox News. But the NBC comedy program's parody of Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade was hardly a caricature of the lengths that the cable program reaches in portraying a hard-right agenda in covering non-partisan topics.
As Doocy, Taran Killam reacted to an Obama ad the same way many in the conservative press (and beyond) did. "Shame on President Barack Obama, who is running a campaign ad that argues that Mitt Romney would not have made the decision to launch the raid," said Killam as Doocy, referring to the military raid that killed September 11th mastermind Osama bin Laden.
"I can name one person who wouldn't have launched that raid: Barack Obama!" said Bobby Moynihan as Brian Kilmeade.
Then, Carlson, portrayed by Vanessa Bayer, wondered aloud whether America truly knows if bin Laden is dead. In the real world, it was Doocy who expressed doubts about bin Laden's death, saying that "If you don't show [his] face, then, who's to say what was in that bag?" after the terrorist was killed in 2011.
But the "Fox and Friends" parody is hardly more ridiculous than, say, blasting the President for making the case for low-interest student loans on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," which they called "nutso."
The "SNL" sketch then lambasted other topics that the real Fox News has attacked recently, including the White House Correspondents Dinner and Rupert Murdoch's phone hacking scandal. (Just kidding, Fox News would never cover the phone hacking scandal.)