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