Leno Turns Chris Matthews Jeopardy Joke Into Stab at Fox News

On Thursday's Tonight Show, NBC's Jay Leno gratuitously inserted a slam of Fox News as he poked fun of colleague Chris Matthews flunking on Jeopardy: "He [Matthews] got his ass kicked on Jeopardy. He just - he was so embarrassed. The good news: he got so many facts wrong, today, he was offered a job at Fox News."

The following morning, Friday's CBS This Morning played up the anti-Fox News clip as a lead-in to the 7:30 am Eastern half hour. Anchor Charlie Rose apparently thought it was funny, as he laughed it up after the punchline. [audio available here: video after the jump]

This isn't the first time the relatively new CBS morning show has highlighted Leno going after Republicans/conservatives. Back in February 2012, the newscast played a clip of The Tonight Show star mocking opponents of same-sex "marriage."

  The transcript of the Jay Leno clip from Thursday's Tonight Show, as featured on Friday's CBS This Morning:

Jay Leno, NBC's The Tonight Show Host | NewsBusters.orgJAY LENO (from NBC's "The Tonight Show"): You know, our good friend Chris Matthews on MSNBC - he does 'Hardball.' You know, real smart - you know, a political junky, clever guy. Well, he's on 'Jeopardy' the other day. (laughs) He got his ass kicked on 'Jeopardy.' (audience laughs) He just - he was so embarrassed. The good news: he got so many facts wrong, today, he was offered a job at Fox News. So that's - that's good to see. Glad to see that (audience laughs and applauds)

Matthew Balan
Matthew Balan
Matthew Balan is a news analyst at Media Research Center