In a 3.13 N.Y. Times article by Bill Carter, Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels and writer Jim Downey have tried to quash talk about the show’s satirical sketches having favored Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama. Which — hello? — has obviously been the case. Michaels tells Carter that he’s “sensitive to the suggestion that we’re in the service of Hillary Clinton this year….that obviously is not the case…we don’t lay down for anybody.”

Fred Armisen and Amy Poehler in a recent SNL sketch.

I don’t believe that at all. I think Michaels and Downey laid their cards and feelings on the table with those sketches, and columnists and others reacted as they did, and now they’re blowing smoke up everyone’s ass by trying to sell the idea that everyone misunderstood.
Except I’ve understood all along that Michaels is a Hillary supporter. (Am I wrong?) Downey has told Carter “he would definitely vote for [Obama] if he were nominated,” which means, most likely, that he’s not supporting him now.
Michaels and Downey are just a couple of bullshit artists doing a little deck-reshuffling and back-pedaling. They got their licks in and found contentment, but now they’re trying to protect the brand and shore things up. They make me sick.