Hillary's SNL Strategy

With assists from Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, Clinton tries to close the crucial entertainment-video gap

Dana Edelson / NBC; John Quinn / Landov

The real candidate, right, and Poehler

The Feb. 26 democratic debate in Cleveland was a clash of styles and a battle of ideas, but above all, it was an example of the benefits of corporate vertical integration in TV. Hillary Clinton used one NBC Universal property (Saturday Night Live) to attack another NBC Universal property (MSNBC, the debate host) for its treatment of her. Clinton--whose aides have fiercely criticized her coverage--complained to Brian Williams that she is repeatedly asked the first question at the debates, then referenced a Feb. 23 skit that showed debate moderators grilling Amy Poehler's Clinton while tossing softballs to Obama. "If anybody saw...