NBC's Banned SNL Video [Kevin D. Williamson]
Saturday Night Live had a pretty funny skit about the mortgage-financial crisis, its origins, and the political ineptitude that enabled it. The video was put up on NBC's website and then was yanked. The video was then put up on YouTube, and was yanked after a copyright complaint from NBC. Lots of other SNL skits are available on YouTube, including recent hit-pieces targeting Sarah Palin. But the housing crisis video, which suggested that President Bush had actually been ahead of congressional Democrats in sounding the warning, is now samizdat.
NBC spokesman Marc Liepis tells National Review only this (annoying ALL CAPS in original):
"UPON REVIEW, WE CAUGHT CERTAIN ELEMENTS IN THE SKETCH THAT DIDN'T MEET OUR STANDARDS. WE TOOK IT DOWN AND MADE SOME MINOR CHANGES AND IT WILL BE BACK ONLINE SOON."
As of this writing, NBC has declined to say what those substandard elements are or who made the decision to remove the video. We will report back if they fill us in. Apparently the video is available on some of the other file-sharing sites, if you're interested in taking a gander.
Hot Air weighs in here.
UPDATE: NBC sources say the objection has to do with the caption underneath the two mortgage-backed securities investors who made off with billions, which reads: "People who should be shot." The same sources say the video will be edited to remove that language and returned to the website.
10/07 04:54 PMShare