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Liberal Chris Matthews Flops On Jeopardy

May 16, 2012 by  

Liberal Chris Matthews Flops On Jeopardy
On the set of "Jeopardy!" pundit Chris Matthews took questions from reporters.

On “Jeopardy!” Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s leftist “Hardball,” showed the world his intellect. Matthews faced off against CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary and former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs during a special episode of the show. The “Hardball” host swung and missed at some softball questions lobbed by host Alec Trebek.

The botched evening began when Matthews requested a category in the form of a “Jeopardy!” answer. “What is ‘Crossword Clues E?’” was Matthews’ failed attempt at selecting a category.

Matthews’ counting skills came into question. Trebek asked a question and reminded Matthews the answer was four letters. “At ease, soldier,” Matthews answered. Later in the show, Matthews responded, “Istanbul,” when the category was “6-Letter World Capitals.”

Matthews confidently answered that D.C. in U.S.D.C. stands for “attorney.” The correct answer was district court.

Another question was “Full name of the U2 pilot shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960.” Matthews responded “Gary Powers.” When he was informed that this was incorrect and given another chance, Matthews assertively said, “Gary Powers.”

Matthews finished last with about $10,000 less than O’Leary and about $8,000 less than Gibbs.

The irony exists in the fact that on at least four occasions, the pundit has lambasted Sarah Palin, saying she would look like a fool on “Jeopardy!”:

  • “Is this [Vice Presidential debate] about her brain power?… Do you think cute will beat brains?…Do you think she’d do better on the questions on ‘Jeopardy!’ or the interview they do during a half-time?…My suspicion is that she has the same lack of intellectual curiosity that the President of the United States has right now and that is scary.” — Oct. 2, 2008
  • “They find these empty vessels who know nothing about the world! Nothing about foreign policy! Who immediately begin to spout the neo-con line. I read her book — it’s full of that crap….It’s unbelievable how little this woman knows!…Don’t put her on ‘Jeopardy!’” — Jan. 12, 2010
  • “Senator, do you think Sarah Palin is qualified to be President of the United States?…If she were on ‘Jeopardy!’ right now and the topic was national government, American government generally defined, would she look like an imbecile, or would she look okay? Does she know anything?” – Nov. 2, 2010
  • “I’d like to see her on just a couple of episodes of ‘Celebrity Jeopardy!’ … just see if she knows anything.” – Jan. 19, 2011

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • cawmun cents

    So you are finally discovering that Chris Matthews is a dipwad?
    He is one of the liberal intelligencia “talking heads”(no offense to David Byrne,I hope)that spew muffled words because their problem is obvious.
    You’d like to think that his head was full of facts,but there is way too much of something else inside his skull.I actually think it would be funny to watch Sarah Palin kick his A double squiggly lines,and not in Jeopardy either.
    But what do i nkow?
    Apparently very little…………except of course that Sarah Palin could kick Chrissy Matthews’ A double sqiggly lines……haw!

    • eddie47d

      The answer was Francis Gary Powers and most articles back then mentioned his name as Gary Powers. Another article making a mountain out of a mole hill. Would you all know the answer? See YOU on Jeopardy soon.

      • cawmun cents

        Ah,an intelligent quip from eddie 47d?
        Now who is making mountains out of molehills?OOPS…I guess its me.
        I am never too astounded at douchebag liberals talking out the side of their necks.
        Its what they do.
        If it was a category in Jeopardy,they would win every time.
        I’ll try”people who overestimate themselves”for 200 Alex……

      • Vigilant

        “The answer was Francis Gary Powers and most articles back then mentioned his name as Gary Powers.”

        WRONG!!! I got the answer correct because virtually EVERY article/news report invariably used his full name at the time. I lived during that era and I know of what I speak.

      • independent thinker

        eddie I did know the answer to that question was Francis Gary Powers. I have heard him refered to by his full name many times in news reports as well on History Channel and other similar shows.

  • Average Joe

    Chrissy Tingle did so bad on Jeopardy that msnbc ic considering changing the name of his show to….”Goofball” with Chrissy Tingle…or possible…”Oddball”……..

  • Don

    I’ve always said he’s another braindead educated idiot. MSNBC is really hard-up when they keep him on the air.

    • eddie47d

      That must be the reason that FOX dumped Glenn Beck. Idiots come in all shapes and sizes.

      • Ted Crawford

        Beck was dumped for exposing your buddy George Soros!

      • eddie47d

        No it was for enhancing his made up propaganda.

  • SSMcDonald

    Why do you give Matthews publicity? The sooner people ignore him, the sooner his big lying mouth will be silenced as advertisers will shun him as being unproductive for them.

  • Sirian

    Matthews is nothing more than a joke. A long running joke that hasn’t a punch line worth a hoot. Period!!

  • Alex

    Still and all, Mathews, who on his program Tuesday laughed along with everyone else at his Jeopardy performance, has a much sharper brain than Sarah Palin. Seriously.

    Keep in mind that while many very bright people exhibit enormous capacity for the recall of minutia and trivial dates, names, places, etc. it is not a requisite measure of intellect. Lots of highly-intelligent people do poorly with the spontaneous recollection of the arcane, the little-used, or the marginally important factoids accumulated over a lifetime. Conversely, many persons with diseased or injured brains can, in savant fashion, call up the most incredibly minute wisp of information from somewhere in their otherwise sadly compromised intellect.

    If I had to select a ‘Liberal’ or ‘Left Wing’ pundit to toast whichever neo-conartists would step up to the challenge, Mathews would not be my choice, even before he laid his egg on Jeopardy. Who, since I am not a recognized pundit, would I petition to represent the Left on a game show in which intelligence was of paramount importance? Rachel Maddow comes immediately to mind (it’s okay; I can hear your grunts and guffaws but she is most formidable). If not Ms Maddow, perhaps Mike Malloy. Or Tom Hartman. Stephanie Miller, maybe.

    There has not been an intellect on the Right to approach William F. Buckley since his passing, but his mental acuity was confined to his quick and keen wit and his marvelous erudition—as a Conservative, of course, his ‘intelligence’ pretty much stopped right there, as it is the Conservative who cowers from Progress, who fears Change, and who lionizes a past vacant of any unpleasantry that does not fit the myth.

    • ringgo1

      Bla-bla-bla…another apologist. Typical. Much ado about very little.

      • Alex


      • eddie47d

        Yet Alex they apologize for Palin’s gaff’s or Bush’s or Coulter’s or Limbaugh,etc. Ringgo1 get a life.

      • Ted Crawford

        And we are still unsure of what’s going on in his pants,aren’t we?

    • Vigilant

      “…it is the Conservative who cowers from Progress, who fears Change, and who lionizes a past vacant of any unpleasantry that does not fit the myth.”

      It is the progressive who cowers from the restrictions of the Constitution, who believes that august document can be changed by executive fiat and judicial activism, and who denies a past vacant of any unpleasantry that does not fit the communist myth.”

  • flbob

    One thing we have learned about liberals like Matthews and Obama. Every time their lips move, distorted facts spill out. I would love to see a hardball match among Palin, Matthews & Obama with the PEOPLE asking the questions and not the media. Obama can bring his college transcripts to this one. Who cares about Matthews & his low rating and Obama biased liberal news station.

    • cawmun cents

      Rather like one of those quarter slot goodie dispensing machines arent they?
      Add a little”change”and see how much candy coated crap comes out.

    • jopa

      Then there were the boring Bush questions where the questions were given to GW in advance and he still didn’t get the answer right.I sometimes miss the village idiot(Dubya).

  • Jim K

    Adage Time: “What goes around, comes around” and “don’t throw rocks if you live in a glass house” come to mind. At the very least he should have recognized that he didn’t have the talent to react in critical situations. It’s sad when you see one of the “ear bud” generation do poorly without their crutch; but, then again, they are hired for their persona and appearance not their intellect and insight.

  • Brad

    Sounds exactly like our Hollywood star gazing POS POTUS Jim

  • Hope Deferred

    Unhappily, we continue to delude ourselves into thinking Chris Mathews and others like him, (Maddow comes quickly to mind) are actually people who influence public opinion when in fact they are no more than well paid ventriloquists’ dummies placed there by the major networks. Should one fall dead, another ready-made dummy pops up to take its place. The networks perpetrate the hoax that these are thoughtful people by labeling them “celebrities” and then propping them up in front of a camera, thus making news makers of the news reporters. Get rid of Chris Mathews if you can and still nothing will change until you get rid of the networks. Getting rid of the networks is easy, stop watching them and notify their sponsors that you have done so.

  • 45caliber

    Mathews is an “intellectual”! He’ll tell you so if you ask him. He is far smarter than any other here in the US and certainly smarther than those citizens here.

  • Libertarian Killer

    Didn’t see the Big Mouth Dullard Bob Livingston their … DID WE … didn’t see any of the LIBERTARIAN DULLARD …

    • Vigilant

      “Their?” No, Language Killer, the word is “there.”

      Talk about Dullards….

      • Libertarian Killer

        Idiot … you knew what I meant … ANSWER THE QUESTION … don’t tap dance away … COWARD

  • Libertarian Killer

    Let’s see Sarah Palin on the show …. YOU WILL NOT FRAUDS … SHE’S AN EMPTY HEADED BEAUTY QUEEN … without her looks … SHE’S DUMB AS A ROCK

  • Libertarian Killer

    I can see Russia … ROFLOL

    • jopa

      All Alaskans know if you eat too much moose it will give you horrendous gas.Take a look at McCains face next time you see a picture of him standing behind her.Precious.

      • Libertarian Killer

        And laughing ALL THE TIME at stupid Libertarians who cut their own economic throats FOR CORPORATE PROFITS ….

      • Ted Crawford

        Ask those same Alaskans about those royalty checks they get every year from the oil pumped from their state. Know of any other Govenor that accomplished that little feat?

    • Vigilant

      She NEVER said that. Talk about those who believe the myths of the left.

      • Libertarian Killer

        It has just as much THRUTHINESS as the bullpuckey that BLAMES everything on the Gov LIBERTARIANS …. gov is an INANIMATE OBJECT in case you never bothered to use anything other than the KOCK BROTHERS brain …. the scumbags buy the gov … write the legislation through ALEC ….THEN CRY LIKE A BUNCH OF SPOILED KIDS …

    • Libertytrain

      well if you visited certain parts of Alaska you could or on a clear day, you may see Cuba from the Keys.

      • jopa

        Sara said she could see it (Russia) from her front porch in Wasilla.Todd had to tell her that was the other shore of Lucile Lake that they lived on.

      • Libertytrain

        I think perhaps you all have strained and struggled to make it something that’s a big deal – and it’s not. There are places one can see Russia – she may have mildly, very mildly exaggerated about her front porch. Of course you or other posters have never done that to make a point in your lives.

      • http://PersonalLiberty Alondra

        Jopa, You are a LIAR.
        Sarah never said “she could see Russia from her front porch in Wasilla.”
        Actually that was Tina Fey who said: “I can see Russia from my house.”
        That was a satire sketch on SNL.

        What Sarah Pailin actually said: “They (Russian) are our next door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”
        Check Jopa at

        But, Jopa, here is undeniable & indisputable FACT: the closest distance between Little Diomede Island (Alaska) and Big Diomede Island (Russia) are only 2.5 miles.
        “Alaska and Russia are a mere snowball’s throw away. On a clear day, you can see from here to there, from today to tomorrow – and you can even walk!”

        “The two islands straddle the U.S. – Russian maritime border in the middle of the Bering Strait. In mid-winter, when the Bering Strait freezes, it is possible to walk between the two islands – from American to Russian, from today to tomorrow, or from Russia to the United States, from today to yesterday. It is even possible to stand on the frozen Bering Strait, with ONE FOOT IN AMERICA and ONE FOOT IN RUSSIA.”

        Jopa, do not be ignorant. Educate yourself and do not repeat idiotic stupidest as a drunk parrot.

        P.S. Jopa, your fraudulent “leader” “has traveled “57 states and ONE left to go…” and he thinks that in Austria speaking “Austrian” language and he is sure that Hawaii are in Asia.

      • Libertytrain

        Alondra, you’re so right. That lie has been told so often even I forgot it was a SNL skit. However, that these folks don’t really understand how close Alaska and Russia are does make me wonder if they skipped class as kids and missed geography, when they still taught it….

    • Dwight Mann

      I find your Rhetorical political flatulence to be offensive. I only have one thing to say to you. . .
      Ron Paul in 2012! ! !
      Please do not respond, as I will not. . .

  • Wyatt

    Matthews reminds me of the guy who was on the plane with two foreign diplomats , the Persident of the US and a hippie and a priest .. Seems the plane was about to crash and there were only 5T parachutes . the President said , I am the leader Of the free world I have to survive , he grabbed a chute and bailed out . The two diplomats grabbed chutes saying they had to survive to make sure the leader of the free world didn’t try to steal their countries . Matthews grabbed a chute saying I’m the smartest man in the world I have to live so I can tell those boobs what to do .

    The Priest , who was 85 yrs old said to the hippie , take the last chute my soon , I have lived a long life and am prepared to meet God . The hippie replied , we can both survive father , the smartest man in the world just bailed out wearing my backpack !

    Like Rachel Maddow , Chris Matthews takes himself way to seriously . But I suppose that this is a Liberal Leftwing trait . Were they removed from the media they would remain talking heads for sure , but perhaps people would learn to think for themselves

  • Rocketman

    I just love it when someone who claims moral and intellectual superiority over other people show themselves as something other than moral and intelligently superior. Now if we can just get Obama, Pelosi, Biden, Reed and a few of the other elites to try to prove to the unwashed masses just how smart they really are…

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  • ranger hall

    Men and women sale their souls and everything else for the ever loving Dollar.For Money is Power, Power is Money.
    All Politicians and Media read from prepared speeches, Written by Other well paid People.
    Thats why i like Politicians that go to Town Hall meetings with no set questions and no prepared responses.Then you can at lest get a feel for this person.

  • jopa

    Chris Matthews rated about a B and Sarah Palin, that would bring the ratings through the roof.I would so love to see her on Jeopardy.Todd said when he looks into her eyes all he sees is the back of her head.Just kidding.

  • http://yahoo mytwocentswrth

    None of this should have surprised anyone. If Matthews had any brains at all, he wouldn’t be a liberal.

  • Kevin

    I watched that episode, as I watch it every night when I’m home. Mathews came out of it looking like a total fool, that guy is stupid, period, liberal or not! And he has the never to call anyone stupid?? He really is as dumb as he sounds


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