For those who got a "thrill" seeing MSNBC's Chris Matthews bomb at "Jeopardy," you're in luck. On Friday, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman took his turn appearing on the game show along with CNN's Anderson Cooper and NBC's Kelly O'Donnell. Rather than wowing the audience with his intellect, the three-time Pulitzer Prize winner ended up coming in last place -- even falling short of the $2,300 Matthews was able to win just days before.
Newsbusters' Noel Sheppard provides a recap of Friedman's first two answers, which were less than successful:
With the category “21st Century Lingo,” the answer was, “In 2011, BusinessWeek said European government bonds were this ‘poisonous’ kind of debt.”
Friedman responded, “Sub-prime.” I guess he missed the clue in quotation marks “poisonous.”
The correct response of course was “toxic.”
In the same category moments later, the answer was, “It’s the ‘tiny’ term for a person who writes short posts about one’s personal life on Tumblr or Twitter.”
Once again, the word in quotations marks was the clue, and once again Friedman missed it.
“What is a tweeter?” he replied.
Of course, the answer was “micro-blogger.”
Then, came Final Jeopardy. Going into it, Cooper, who was in first place, had a sum of $15,600. Friedman was at $8,400 and O'Donnell was in third place with only $2,000. Interestingly, Friedman wagered a whopping $7,400, O'Donnell put up $500 and Cooper only placed $1,201 on the line.
When all was said and done, none of the three answered the Final Jeopardy question correctly, thus -- Friedman was left with only $1,000 (and for those inquisitive minds, the question was: "The National Inventors Hall of Fame said his work ‘brought the south prosperity,’ but he was out of business within 5 years." The answer? Eli Whitney).
Watch the spectacle, below:
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)