NPR Game Show Host Jokes Rove Wants Murtha Dead, Cheney Lives In Rove's Rear

I caught a snippet of an NPR game show in the car today, and even the game shows remind you that the liberals take the taxpayer money of conservatives and smear them with it. On the game show titled "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me," a game show asking trivia questions about the news of the week, host Peter Sagal not only joked that Karl Rove ordered the killing of Rep. Jack Murtha, but that Rove's rear end is Dick Cheney's undisclosed location.

The show is a weekly co-production of Chicago Public Radio and NPR. About twenty-nine minutes into this weekend's show (just after NBC anchor Brian Williams was a guest guesser), host Peter Sagal turned back to the panel:

"Charlie, as you know, as the debate about the Iraq war goes on, it’s getting nastier. This week Representative Jack Murtha, who was the first to call for withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, decided to make an issue out of Karl Rove’s what?"

Panelist Charles Pierce of the Boston Globe: "His depressingly un-indicted backside." [Laughter, applause]

Sagal: "Exactly right. Although we’ll go so far as to say his big behind, is what Mr. Murtha talked about. He was appearing on ‘Meet the Press’..."

Panelist Sue Ellicott: "Were other parts of him indicted?" [Laughter]

Sagal: "I don’t know. It’s an interesting question. Anyway, on 'Meet the Press,' Murtha was asked Rove’s accusations that he and other anti-war Democrats were calling for the U.S. to quote, cut and run. Murtha responded buy saying, quote, [dramatic re-reading here] ‘he’s sitting in his air-conditioned office on his big fat backside saying ‘Stay the course.’ Rove responded by issuing orders to have Murtha killed [Panelists and audience laugh]. When informed he couldn’t actually do that, at least not any more [added laughing], Rove issued a statement about his behind, saying, ‘that’s not cellulite, it’s just Dick Cheney’s undisclosed location. [More raucous laughter, applause.] That’s where he’s been hiding."

Veterans of the MRC news-busting efforts will remember Charlie Pierce as the Globe writer who won our worst "Quote of the Year" in 2003. Pierce actually, shamelessly claimed that if Mary Jo Kopechne had survived her car accident with Ted Kennedy at the wheel at Chappaquiddick, Sen. Kennedy, through his "tireless acts as a legislator," would have "brought comfort to her in her old age.”

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