[UPDATED] N.R. POST POLL’S SURPRISE RESULT….

February 12th, 2017

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So, my copy of the free weekly North Royalton Post arrived in my mailbox yesterday and, as always I turned to the opinion pages first. The head of the Publisher’s Notebook asks: Is SNL funny or sad? (This column is not yet available online, I’ll post a link ASAP.) Post Publisher Bruce Trogdon writes:

What seems apparent to me ow is that Saturday Night Live has moved to consciously attacking Donald Trump in a a way they never have before. Is this because they have an ax to grind? Are they simply giving their target younger audience what it wants to hear? I am not sure. One thing I will also say is that Trump has asked for it with his own over-the-top style. You reap what you sow. Is he reaping what he deserves?

My guess is that Trogdon wrote his column on Wednesday, or possibly Thursday, when the poll had only been up for one or two days. I doubt that he had yet seen the surprising (for his expected readership which he described as of above average intelligence and [desirous of] a serious and balanced discussion of the issues). As I write this on Sunday morning the poll results are:

What do you think about SNL’s portrayal of President Trump and his team?

[The new poll is up. This may be the final update @ 0421 on 15 February:

Hilarious! I can’t get enough, 468 votes, 53.7 percent;
It can be funny, but also a bit too disrespectful, 63 votes, 7.2 percent;
It was funny at first but now it’s played out, 83 votes, 9.5 percent; and
Time to retire the boring and unfunny show, 258 votes, 29.6 percent.

Updated @ 0629 on 14 February:

Hilarious! I can’t get enough, 443 votes, 53.2 percent;
It can be funny, but also a bit too disrespectful, votes, 7.4 percent;
It was funny at first but now it’s played out, 68 votes, 9.2 percent; and
Time to retire the boring and unfunny show, 248 votes, 29.8 percent.

Updated @ 0942 on 13 February:

Hilarious! I can’t get enough, 399 votes, 54.0 percent;
It can be funny, but also a bit too disrespectful, 61 votes, 7.3 percent;
It was funny at first but now it’s played out, 80 votes, 9.6 percent; and
Time to retire the boring and unfunny show, 217 votes, 29.4 percent.]

Hilarious! I can’t get enough, 340 votes, 54.8 percent;
It can be funny, but also a bit too disrespectful, 46 votes, 7.4 percent;
It was funny at first but now it’s played out, 55 votes, 8.9 percent; and
Time to retire the boring and unfunny show, 179 votes, 28.9 percent.

Having women lampoon President Donald John Trump’s staff—Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer and Kate McKinnon as Jeff Sessions—is brilliant, as shown in last evening’s cold open. Enjoy.

Of course, SNL is far from alone.

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