Monday, October 26, 2009

Will CNN Fact Check Alex Trebek?

This is funny, unless you are a humorless leftist. Following Wolf Blitzer's recent last place performance, Newsbusters reports on CNN reporter Soledad O'Brien's third place finish on Celebrity Jeopardy:

This month, it was O’Brien’s turn against NBA legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Michael McKean, of "Spinal Tap," "Laverne & Shirley" and "Saturday Night Live." McKean, a previous winner, ended with $24,800, followed by Abdul Jabbar with $8,800 and O'Brien with $6,200.

A CNN insider defended the journalists: "They are reporters, not trivia experts. And the buzzer is complicated. It's not activated until Alex [Trebek] finishes the last syllable of the question. If you hit the button too soon, nothing happens."

....Wolf was blitzed last month, coming in last with minus-$4,600, behind comic Andy Richter, a past winner who racked up $68,000 for charity. "Desperate Housewives" star Dana Delany came in second.

One really doesn't need to be well-read or flexible of mind to read a teleprompter. It is really not much of a shock that Wolfie and Soledad got thumped by a collection of jocks, comedians and actors. Reading DNC talking points and blaming every dissenting word on a vast rightwing conspiracy does not take a lot of smarts.

After CNN's recent fact check piece on a Saturday Night Live skit that mildly tweaked President Barry Vladimir Hussein Soetero Obama (or simply The One if you are a CNN devotee), we can probably look forward to an investigative report on Dick Cheney's influence on Jeopardy's question selection process. Come to think of it, Jeopardy probably outsourced the job to Haliburton.

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