SNL mocks newspaper nostalgia, Huffington Post-New York Times rivalry

“Saturday Night Live” head writer and “Weekend Update” anchor Seth Meyers continues to mine the New York Times-Huffington Post rivalry for material. In the latest SNL, Arianna Huffington (played by Nasim Pedrad) reflects on the week’s news with Meyers: “The New York Times has great coverage of this, Seth, and you can read all of it on the Huffington Post because we copied it and we pasted it.”

At the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner, Meyers mocked The New York Times for its new pay wall and the Huffington Post for its aggregation strategy.

“The New York Times party used to be free, but tonight apparently there’s a cover. So like everyone else I’ll probably just go to the Huffington Post party.

“And the Huffington Post party’s asking people to go to other parties first and just steal food and drinks and bring it from there.”

Saturday’s SNL also featured a sketch called “The Newspaper,” reminiscent of the quick, witty dialogue of “The Front Page,” except that it made no sense to a modern-day reporter played by guest host Zooey Deschanel. Both SNL clips are below, along with the WHCA dinner and Arianna Huffington responding to SNL parody (“The accent was perfect”).

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  • Anonymous

    I’m glad Poynter’s media news arm is watching SNL — but the Daily Caller has gone after Media Matters with an investigative report. And you ignore it????