So, having fondly remembered watching Conan O’Brien’s first NBC broadcast back in 1993, I stayed up tonight and made sure to watch what could very likely have been his last. (At this point, who knows?) Then, in the hallowed time slot following The Tonight Show, the time slot formerly held by O’Brien and classic David Letterman before him, there was Jimmy Fallon.
And in a week where NBC, floundering network that it is, has already set new standards for unfortunate conduct, there was this:
That’s right, those are hot dogs–weiners–being waved by Late Night staff out of an open hole where former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s mouth should be. See, in an exceptionally classy event, Fallon decided to allow three audience members the opportunity to compete against each other to see who could throw more weiners through not only Palin’s open “mouth,” but also the open “mouths” of Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly.
One of the questions posed by a pelvic-thrusting Fallon to a competing audience member: “How does it make you feel to throw your meat-stick at Sarah Palin’s hole?” I’m paraphrasing, but the verbatim quote was no less lovely.
Look, in the grand scheme of things, considering all of the terrible treatment of Sarah Palin and the overt media bias by the news division at NBC, is this really all that bad? Of course not. In fact, given the time of night and how funny and talented Fallon is, I might have been the only one watching. Nevertheless, had this been Greg Gutfeld on the infinitely funny Red Eye tossing hot dogs into the gaping mouths of Hillary Clinton, Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann, for example, I can’t imagine that the folks at Media Matters would find it all that funny. There would be complaints by women’s groups. There would be petitions circulating, eventually to be sent to advertisers. It certainly wouldn’t have gone unnoticed.
Listen, we can’t force NBC to display even a modicum of class. It’s quite obvious that they’re not too bright over there. Besides, I’m a big believer in the free market, and firmly believe that this sort of stupidity will take care of itself. Besides, spending time and energy pushing for some sort of boycott against Jimmy Fallon’s program would be the equivalent of investing in a marketing campaign reminding people not to eat glass — most people wouldn’t even consider it to begin with.