Wolf Blitzer and CNN were being skewered Thursday for "fact checking" a Saturday Night Live sketch in which a faux President Obama, played by Fred Armisen, begins an address to the nation by saying that he doesn't understand why his critics have been so hard on him. "When you look at my record it's very clear what I've done so far -- and that is nothing. Nada. Almost one year and nothing to show for it. Take a look at this checklist ...Looking at this list I see two big accomplishments Jack and Squat." (The sketch quickly went viral, with hundreds of thousands viewing it on YouTube and Hulu.) But CNN's apparent criticism of the SNL sketch in its fact checking segment aired on Blitzer's show confounded some media critics. James Taranto said in a column on the Wall Street Journal' s website, "'Fact checking' a comedy sketch is a bizarre exercise in itself." He then noted that if CNN had done the same thing back in the 1970s, "we would have known that Gerald Ford wasn't really as clumsy as Chevy Chase's portrayal of him, that Dan Aykroyd and Steve Martin weren't really two wild and crazy guys from Czechoslovakia, and that Jane Curtin is not an ignorant slut." One person, posting a high-definition version of the sketch on YouTube today (Friday), remarked, "You know you've got a good gig when you can be skewered like this, and still win the Nobel Peace Prize."

09/10/2009