SNL May Have Triggered Tougher Scrutiny of Obama

Sketches lampooned starry-eyed coverage
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2008 5:12 AM CST
Saturday Night Live sketches about media bias in favor of Barack Obama may have changed the way the battle for the Democratic nomination is covered. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, file)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A Saturday Night Live sketch 10 days ago lampooning the perceived media bias favoring Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton may have changed the way Obama has been covered in the last several days, AP reports. The SNL debate skit showing starry-eyed journalists fawning over Obama echoed complaints by Clinton's supporters. In the final days before yesterday's primary, many major news organizations ran stories about the fairness issue, and some seemed to be tougher on Obama. 

ABC reported on Obama's voting record and the CBS Evening News took a hard look at his career. "There were a lot of factors at play, but there's no question the skit, if nothing else, was perfectly timed," said a director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism.