News Outlets Continually Confuse SNL Characters With Real People
Of all its sketches, Saturday Night Live has always made the most out of its impersonations. The show was never funnier than when Ferrell did his Trebek, Fey did her Palin, or Chevy Chase did his bawdy Ulysses S. Grant back when the show began in 1875. Indeed, some of their impressions have become so popular that they almost rival the real deals -- or completely so, if you were to believe certain news sources.
Recently, El Nacional, a Dominican newspaper, made the understandable gaffe of mistaking President Donald Trump for a grotesque caricature of a human being played by an angry actor. In an article detailing the new U.S.-Israeli relationship, instead of showing Trump, the newspaper published a picture of actor Alec Baldwin next to a picture of Netanyahu. El Nacional apologized, claiming that no one, not one single person on their editorial team, had spotted the mistake.
But that was a foreign news outlet. It would be utterly humiliating if American journalists couldn't tell the difference between SNL and reality. But that's what happened when an NBC affiliate announced the death of Frank Sinatra Jr. by showing an old photo of SNL second-waver Joe Piscopo doing Sinatra back in the '80s. It's unsure what shocked viewers more -- finding out that Sinatra Jr. had died, or that Piscopo is still alive.
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But without a doubt the most outrageous SNL switcheroo of all occurred in 2011, during the Republican presidential primary, when Fox News mistook a picture of Tina Fey for vice presidential no-hoper Sarah Palin. Let's reiterate that: Someone at Fox News forgot what Sarah Palin looked like. The show quickly apologized, admitting that "a graphic error was made" by showing a non-blonde woman on their network. Viewers were also assured that "the producer has been disciplined" -- probably by having them put on a one-way trip to Alaska with nothing but Palin's hunting lodge address and a large caribou pelt to keep them warm.
SNL Studios "Update that news scroll to '1 MIL AND 1 JOBS.' We have a photo research job opening up."
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