This is an odd story, the mysterious disappearance of an SNL sketch on the Bailout. Since $700 billion is pretty big doin's, naturally the Lampooners in Chief wanted to get in on the action — regardless of whether Congressional hearings/press conferences lend themselves to comedy (uh, they don't.) The sketch trained a carefully pointy eye on the possible Democratic roots of the Bailout plan.
Why then has the sketch, which skewered everyone from the 99th richest person in the world, George Soros to philanthropists Herb and Marion Sandler, disappeared? The rumor is, the skit got zapped because it tweaked the above, who happen to have well-known liberal leanings. It also happened to identify the Sandlers as "people who should be shot." Despite their best efforts, it's the internet — you can still watch the whole clip and see a full script, if you know where to look.
What was SNL up to? To find out,
SNL has said they've taken the skit down temporarily for editing as, "upon review we caught certain elements in the sketch that didn't meet our standards. We took it down and made some minor changes." The "should be shot" line is being killed as well as references to "corrupt activities." What else is going? Any mention of Rep. Barney Frank's involvement in the subprime problem, including the line, "And thank you Congressman Frank as well as many Republicans for helping block Congressional oversight of our corrupt activities." The new version is now available.
So what's the deal behind the editing? Legal concerns — or political ones? Did the sketch go over the line?