The “½ Hour News Hour” is the supposed conservative answer to “Saturday Night Live,” because, I guess, we desperately need a balance to SNL. But even if it is nice to see more parodies of the left, the ACLU and their other sacred cows hardly touched on network television, the “½ Hour News Hour” is a horrible vehicle for it. Airing Sunday sometime after midnight on Fox News, the sketch comedy feels forced with its agenda super imposed on the viewer.
The thing about SNL’s “Weekend Update” that some may have forgotten is that it’s not a liberal sketch segment. While it’s true you’ll more often see jokes at President Bush’s expense than anyone else’s, have we forgotten that SNL cornered the Monica Lewinsky era? They make fun of all sides, and during a Republican administration it’s understandable to see more jokes about Republicans.
It’s childish watching the untalented anchors of “½ Hour News Hour” basically say “See, we’ll show them and make fun of liberals. Only liberals!” But worst of all, it’s not even funny. As the Orlando Sentinel correctly remarked, “‘Weekend Update'” on its worst night isn’t this bad.”
Then at times the show just gets plain mean. Michelle Malkin links to a segment featuring Dennis Miller who “barbeques” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a ruthless monologue to awkward studio audience laughs. Agree with it or not, this is not what we want to watch when we turn on comedy.