Friday, May 27, 2011

The ‘What A Maroon’ Award

And now, ladies and gentlemen, the moment you’ve all been waiting for ... This week’s “What A Maroon” award goes to...


Kaye, a CNN correspondent and anchor, recently displayed jaw-dropping ignorance of the meaning of a simple word. The subject was a discussion she had with media critic Howard Kurtz.

At issue was the recent suspension without pay of MSNBC left-wing talk show host Ed Schultz. Schultz called conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham, a mother of two adopted children, a “right-wing slut.”

Such inflammatory language was too much, even for MSNBC, which suspended Schultz for two weeks without pay. Even Schultz seemed embarrassed and publicly apologized to Ingraham, saying,

“On my radio show yesterday, I used vile and inappropriate language when talking about talk show host Laura Ingraham. I am deeply sorry, and I apologize. It was wrong, uncalled for and I recognize the severity of what I said. I apologize to you, Laura and ask for your forgiveness.”

A repentant Schultz continued,

“I have embarrassed my family. I have embarrassed this company. And I have been in this business since 1978, and I have made a lot of mistakes. This is the lowest of low for me.”

However, this seems to be unclear to Kaye, who apparently doesn’t know the the meaning of the word “slut.”

Kaye told Kurtz,“Yeah, but you know when you hear the word ‘slut’ – I mean I hate to even say it on our air, to be honest with you – but there are mixed interpretations about the word.”

Uh, no, Randi. There are no mixed interpretations of the word.

Perhaps the satirical website “The Onion” might help her out if she is still unclear on the concept.

By parsing such a vile, misogynist word, Kaye’s remarks rival those of Whoopi Goldberg, who maintained that Roman Polanski’s drugging and sodomizing a 13-year-old girl wasn’t “rape, rape,” for mind boggling mental contortions.

Randi Kaye richly deserves the “What A Maroon” award for making such an incredible fool out of herself.


In honor of the great American philosopher Bugs Bunny who first coined the phrase, I’ve decided to present the “What a Maroon” award each week to the politician, organization or celebrity who makes the most sand-poundingly stupid statement of recent days.