SNL Mocks Benghazi Hearings; Replaces Whistleblowers with Murderer Jodi Arias
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Saturday’s edition of Saturday Night Live mocked the House Oversight Committee’s hearings last week on the Benghazi terror attacks, substituting convicted murderer Jodi Arias for the State Department whistleblowers who came forward to testify about the deaths of four American diplomats on Sep. 11, 2012.
SNL cast the hearings as a “partisan witch-hunt” in which Republicans tried to sensationalize the deaths for political gain, using the week’s notorious criminals–including alleged kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro–to gain media attention. The sketch, which opened the show, acknowledged that the media had not covered the Benghazi scandal–but instead of making fun of the media or the administration, SNL targeted the GOP.
Bizarrely, the writers of SNL could not bring themselves to spoof any of the actual Democrats on the committee. Cast member Kenan Thompson appeared imitate Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-GA), the Ranking Member on the committee, but he was presented as “Rep. Doc Hastings,” a Republican from Washington State. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) was also spoofed, but was presented as Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT).