In a skit as funny as it was harsh, Saturday Night Live's cold open lampooned President Obama, his handling of the Ebola crisis, and for good measure, threw in his handling of everything else in his second term.
The fake press conference utterly destroyed Ebola Czar Ron Klain, with fake reporters asking the question real reporters haven't asked him yet, such as whether he wasn't actually just appointed for political fallout management. They even threw in a hefty smack at the constant drumbeat of "what about the flu" distracters that have popped up all over the news and social media in the last few weeks telling everyone to stop "panicking" every time someone dares to ask any question about Ebola.
But as hard as they were on Klain, it was the president who took the sharpest jab.
"Now, some people want to criticize the way our administration has handled this crisis, and it's true we made a few mistakes early on. But, I assure you, it was nowhere near as bad as how we handled the ISIS situation. I mean, our various Secret Service mishaps, or the scandals of the IRS and NSA. And I don't know if you guys remember, but the Obamacare website had some pretty serious problems too. In fact, if you look at all the stuff that's happened my second term, this whole Ebola thing is probably one of my greatest accomplishments."
Could the idea of the press and the media not being lapdogs for the government be "catching" again? It's too soon to call it an outbreak, but the symptoms are definitely showing up in a lot of places. And all it took was a deadly virus showing up right on their doorstep in New York City.