Recently, one of the mainstream funny outlets — Saturday Night Live — decided to finally do its job, and deigned to poke some fun at the heretofore untouchable president. On cue, the prominent Yahoo! news blog rushed to the president’s defense.

This is unprecedented, at least to my recollection. Is it even conceivable for a mainstream news outlet, upon hearing any of the infinite and less-than-accurate jabs at George W. Bush, for example, to dutifully get to the bottom of just how accurate that jab was and set the record straight? No indeed. There was only more piling on to be done by news organizations, in supplement to what the jesters and entertainers were doing.

So imagine now, if you can — and in an Obama era you certainly can — that a news outlet is actually arguing, point by point, with a comedy outlet about the president, who traditionally is supposed to be the comedy-target-in-chief. Here is the opening part of the “analysis” that recently took on, for god’s sake, SNL:

Is SNL Right that Obama’s Accomplished Nothing?

…”Saturday Night Live” opened with Fred Armisen as President Obama, delivering an address from the Oval Office. Noting up front that he’d failed to secure the 2016 Olympic Games for Chicago, Armisen’s Obama said it was just further proof that his detractors’ fears are unfounded: How could he transform the country into something resembling the former Soviet Union or Nazi Germany when he’s failed to accomplish anything at all? “When you look at my record,” he said, “it’s very clear what I’ve done so far, and that is nothing.”

But are SNL’s accusations of Obama being a do-nothing president accurate? Let’s run down the list of the nine promises SNL lampooned President Obama for doing “nothing” on to see where he actually stands. […]

We’re heading for some truly creepy times…