Quick quiz: Who holds more sway over American lives, President Joe Biden or Rep. George Santos?
The latter, the newly elected Republican from New York, is enmeshed in a scandal forged from his creative back story. Very long story short – Santos made up entire swathes of his biography. New, embarrassing details emerge every few days.
The former is the most powerful leader in the free world, a figure enmeshed in a scandal tied to mishandling classified documents.
Again and again and again.
Now, guess which one “Saturday Night Live” hammered in its first new episode in nearly a month? If you noticed the NBC show ignores Democrats and clobber conservatives the answer is clear.
“SNL” used its “cold open” to mock Rep. Santos. The show revisited Santos anew in the Weekend Update segment. It proved so “newsworthy” the New York Times penned an article about it.
And it wasn’t alone. Most major outlets reported on it, too.
Meanwhile, the show briefly mentioned Biden’s document scandal during the Weekend Update segment but sans mockery or focus. Biden did appear on the show, though.
NBC flashed a pre-recorded snippet of the Commander in Chief discussing famous Delaware denizens, a bit tied to the state’s own Aubrey Plaza hosting the show.
“SNL’s” extreme bias isn’t new, but it’s still surreal to see how far “SNL” has fallen. And, more importantly, how it avoids Biden no matter what the latest headlines scream.
Imagine a political satirist knew Biden hid classified documents next to a poorly-guarded Corvette and showed up to the writer’s room with an empty note pad.
You can’t blame “SNL” for mocking Santos, of course. The Republican brought it on himself, and his laughable lies are catnip for a “SNL”-style showcase. He’s a minor player in the political scene, but he deserves a satirical ribbing.
How can the series explain away ignoring Biden’s scandal? It can’t. Nor will it have to say anything on the subject. Show founder Lorne Michaels dodges questions on the show’s bias, and no entertainment reporter would question the show’s choice of targets.
They’re all on the same team, and they adore the show’s partisan yuks. It’s why reporters routinely share what topics “SNL” covers in a given week. They want to spread that message far and wide.
Of course, the other document scandal got the full “SNL” treatment last year.
The show pounced on President Donald Trump’s document woes on its season premiere last October, even though news of the FBI’s Mar-a-lago raid broke weeks before showtime.
The Biden scandal is fresh and evolving, making it even more timely for “SNL” to strike. It also packs plenty of comic potential, from the documents stored near the president’s sports car to his insistence that he treats classified material with the utmost scrutiny.
Instead, the showcase pulled a Bartleby the Scrivener.
It’s clear that “SNL” still believes in Biden, or isn’t willing to satirize the elderly president for fear of emboldening his opponents. Should the scandal grow even worse, that may change.
For now, “SNL” remains on Team Biden until further notice.