Attempts at Political Levity
Perhaps it would not have been as deliberately un-gun-shy, but Jeanne Moos could have avoided the controversy with this skit and made it funnier, because more relevant:
This morning’s e-blizzard of insults was prompted by a Moos piece on body language of the various candidates — particularly their strange, compulsive habit of pointing off into the distance while addressing the crowds at campaign rallies.
”Since we usually can’t see who the candidates are pointing at,” Moos intoned during a voiceover, ”we’ll just have to use our imagination.” Footage of Clinton waving her finger in the air was intercut with her husband’s former Oval Office playmate Monica Lewinsky; of McCain, with his conservative bete noir, Ann Coulter; and Obama, with the sound-alike with whom he is perpetually entangled in verbal slips by TV anchormen, Osama bin Laden.
Result: The lefty watchdog group Media Matters for America issued a scathing statement saying Moos ”associates” Obama with Osama, and a chorus of liberal bloggers joined in.
”I thought it would be Hillary and Monica that would get me in trouble,” sighs Moos. “I was going for nemeses — Hillary and Monica, McCain and Coulter, Obama and you-know-who. I thought it was funny, but everybody now is touchy, touchy.”
Obama’s “nemesis” image should have been Hillary waving her finger right back.