Like ABC, The Snobs at NPR Laugh At Shutdown of Hostess, the Snack-Food 'Supervillains'

On Friday, Scott Whitlock reported ABC's Good Morning America reported the morning show milked the 18,000 jobs lost in the shutdown of Hostess for laughs. The same laughing at pink slips occurred Saturday on National Public Radio's game show Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. Players were given a question after NPR newscaster Karl Kasell asked in a low growl "Where are you, you spongy yellow delicious bastards?"

Host Peter Sagal explained Kasell was delivering a Woody Harrelson line about Twinkies from the movie Zombieland. After a contestant answered that it was Hostess that shut down this week, Sagal started the wise cracks. "Hostess Incorporated, they make Twinkies, Ding-Dongs, Wonder Bread, Fudge Puppies, Fat Crammers, and Lard Bursts [laughter]...said they would liquidate the company if striking workers didn’t come back to work." Of course, there was also a Chris Christie joke:

MO ROCCA: Eww, what does that look like when it’s liquidated? It’s like neon-colored.

FAITH SALIE: And then Chris Christie ordered all the workers back to work.

PETER SAGAL: “Dammit!” [impersonating Christie.] He was operating the machinery himself.  The union, this is true, the union is the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers union, also known as the Everything We Do Is Bad For You union. [Laughter] They make Twinkies, candy, and cigarettes. It’s like the League of Supervillains, Local 619. [Laughter]

Could NPR channel the spirit of Michelle Obama any more effectively?

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis