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Monday, May 10, 2004  

“Celebrity” Washington Style

The popular TV game show “Jeopardy” tonight begins a “celebrity” tournament, the definition of celebrity being that which prevails in the nation’s capital and underscores coverage in the Washington Post, which today offers some interesting hints about the tournament (“Wonk Heaven: What Is Beltway ‘Jeopardy!’?” by Jennifer Frey):

Al Franken should not be allowed to climb inanimate objects.

Maria Bartiromo has trouble differentiating between a golf club and a golf tee under pressure (but okay, okay, she did know that Tiger Woods makes the most money on the PGA Tour).

Tucker Carlson is disturbingly well versed in things related to “homemaking,” like dust bunnies and Brillo pads.

Bob Woodward needs faster thumbs.

And this:

We really, really, really wish we could tell you some of the truly stupid answers (or, if you want to get technical about it, questions) these folks came up with. But, alas, we are not allowed. That violates all rules of “Jeopardy!” Can’t reveal the outcome. That would make us very, very bad. Can’t, say, tell you which prominent journalist finished with a big fat $0, to the great amusement of his or her colleagues. Or who stank so badly -- finishing “Double Jeopardy” in the red -- that he or she had to get special “Celebrity Jeopardy!” dispensation just to participate in the final round. Or what entire panel of celebrity guests was disturbingly uninformed about Senate history.

Here’s the week’s line-up:

Monday: Tucker Carlson, Peggy Noonan, and Bob Woodward.

Tuesday: Anderson Cooper, Maria Bartiromo, and Kweisi Mfume

Wednesday: Ari Fleischer, Ashleigh Banfield, andAaron Brown

Thursday: Al Franken, Gretchen Carlson, and Keith Olbermann

Friday: Tavis Smiley, Christine Todd Whitman, and Tim Russert.

Check local listings, as they way.

[Clarification: According to the official “Jeopardy” web site, this week’s series is being promoted as a tournament of “Power Players” and not “Celebities,” as the Post’s coerage implies.]

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