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The SNL Effect

Christopher McAllister, Staff Writer

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Saturday Night Live has been a mainstay on NBC for the past forty-two years and forty-three seasons. The sketch comedy show has fed off of the previous week’s top stories and most of the time has made them into great sketches. The show was always on top of political events which made it a no-brainer to get into building sketches on the presidential elections. The second season started a four-year cycle, with only one exception in the 1980-81 season. Over time, the sketches always seem to get funnier and have garnered a better critical reception than previous seasons. Though the support was there, there always seemed to be a bias. The sketches always seemed to pick on one candidate however. This idea continued to snowball, resulting in the idea of a cast-wide bias against a certain candidate. As a source of news for some, the bias could affect choices made by avid viewers of the show. The show’s recurring sketches like the weekend updates have become even more biased than they were in the past, going from news you would have never heard of, to events scrutinizing the Commander in Chief’s every move. The almost constant scrutiny has taken its toll. The show has set an agenda of liberal ideas. Saturday Night Live has become extremely biased and has set ideas, that may or may not be true, into the minds of many.

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