SNL lampoons CNN for useless reenactments and the continued employment of Don Lemon
On the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, the venerable comedy show mocked the utter incompetence of the CNN Newsroom’s attempts to make the issues of the day understandable to its viewers.
The skit opens with a report on the Germanwings crash in which the anchor and reporter marvel over the fact that they were able to acquire computer reenactments of what happened the moments before the plane went down — from the same creative team responsible for Dire Straits’ classic “Money for Nothing” video.
The host then tosses to a reporter in Switzerland covering the Iran nuclear negoations — via a reenactment involving generic puppets seated before the United States and Iranian flags.
The skit concluded when the host acknowledged that CNN didn’t have a reporter on the ground in Indiana to cover the continuing debate over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but had hired an interpretive dance troupe to give viewers an “impression” of what the debate was like.
As the troupe began, the man in the chef’s hat — played by guest host Michael Keaton — was successfully turning away his gay customers. However, the troupe soon lost the plot and began dancing with each other, at which point CNN put an autotuned Don Lemon in the corner of the screen singing to the black community about the necessity of putting on pants.
Watch the entire skit below via Saturday Night Live.