News Review #5

“SNL’s Kate McKinnon opens show singing ‘Hallelujah’”


Story description:

After a chaotic week of election coverage in the news and several weeks of skits about the elections in NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”, CNN covered SNL’s response to the presidential election results. In the cold opening of this past weekend’s show, Kate McKinnon played Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ on the piano while dressed as her Hillary Clinton character. She concluded the ballad by addressing the home audience and saying “I’m not giving up. And neither should you.”



Why you selected the story:

As an avid watcher of “Saturday Night Live”, I have had the chance to see the show’s actors portray several government figures over the past few elections, and I was curious to see how they would respond to such a surprising turn of events with this year’s presidential election. Additionally, with this past election being so polarizing for the American people, I wanted to see how a news network would cover a major television show and the election within the same feature story.


How the story used or was treated in social media:

  • #SNL was trending on social media as viewers responded to the show’s unique opening and how the show addressed the election results.
  • Several large internet media blogs and news outlets used video excerpts of McKinnon’s opening on their social media platforms along with links to their stories covering SNL’s take on the election.

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