Shameless: NPR laughs at Hostess going out of business and eliminating thousands of jobs

To NPR, the shutdown of Hostess, which will result in the loss of thousands of jobs, is comical.

NewsBusters has the details:

The same laughing at pink slips occurred Saturday on National Public Radio’s game show Wait Wait Don’t Tell MePlayers were given a question after NPR newscaster Karl Kasell asked in a low growl “Where are you, you spongy yellow delicious bastards?”

After a contestant answered that it was Hostess that shut down this week, Sagal started the wise cracks. “Hostess Incorporated, they make Twinkies, Ding-Dongs, Wonder Bread, Fudge Puppies, Fat Crammers, and Lard Bursts [laughter]…said they would liquidate the company if striking workers didn’t come back to work.”

PETER SAGAL: “Dammit!” [impersonating Christie.] He was operating the machinery himself.  The union, this is true, the union is the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers union, also known as the Everything We Do Is Bad For You union. [Laughter] They make Twinkies, candy, and cigarettes. It’s like the League of Supervillains, Local 619. [Laughter]

Leftists think the destruction of the American system of free enterprise is simply fodder for a good chuckle.

  • Purple State

    From the account provided above, they aren’t laughing at the company’s shutdown. They’re laughing about junk food and the idea that one union working in several industries makes many unhealthy products. So the only thing “shameless” here is the inaccuracy of this headline/story.

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Really? I thought they were laughing at the stupidity of the unioneers who thought they could manipulate reality.

      • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

        Oh — but no. They =are= deriding Hostess: “Hostess Incorporated, they make Twinkies, Ding-Dongs, Wonder Bread, Fudge Puppies, Fat Crammers, and Lard Burst”

        Why, the whole thing is just a barrel of laughs, from 18,000 jobs killed to the demise of an American icon!

        • Purple State

          Right — they’re laughing about junk food, like I originally said. Not about the lost jobs.

          • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

            Yeah, calling the union the League of Supervillains is SO compassionate and understanding.

            Everyone knows that SEIU are the supervillains, anyway. Purple is the new brown.

          • Ken Alan Draper

            they may be laughing at the junkfood, but they are also celebrating the closing. it shows they could care less about the Men 7 women who now have to find some other way to feed their families due to the greed of the union bosses.

          • Purple State

            Where does it show them celebrating the closing?

          • WisconsinPatriot

            Laughter in general, when referring to a persons living, is not to be laughed about. I would think the word police would be more aware….Think about that “purple shirted toilet monkeys”

          • wwbdinct

            Right – because they and you never, ever eat, drink or do anything remotely unhealthy – right? Except maybe for smoking weed – right? Because that’s perfectly healthy and safe -right? You and the children at NPR are totlly perfect – right? Right. Gotcha.

          • Purple State

            What does my (or anyone’s) junk food intake have to do with Twitchy accusing NPR of doing something they didn’t do?

          • Purple State

            What does my (or anyone’s) junk food intake have to do with Twitchy accusing NPR of doing something they didn’t do?

          • TocksNedlog

            Yeah, on the “lost jobs” thing they just don’t give a shit. [Hope that strengthens your argument!]

    • WisconsinPatriot

      of course they are peanut…… now be a good boy and get mama a peppermint.

      • Purple State

        Show us where.

        • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

          The entire account. If Hostess wasn’t going out of business, because of the greed of the unions, I guess there wouldn’t be this account of what NPR said about Hostess.

          I saw one lady standing by a sign that said, “Save my pension!” I wanted to shove it up her ass and tell her, ‘Be lucky you have one!’

          • Purple State

            This lady with the sign worked for NPR? The point isn’t that NPR discussed the Hostess closing on the quiz-comedy show. The point is Twitchy is accusing them of something they didn’t do — evident in the very “evidence” provided in the claim.

          • Purple State

            This lady with the sign worked for NPR? The point isn’t that NPR discussed the Hostess closing on the quiz-comedy show. The point is Twitchy is accusing them of something they didn’t do — evident in the very “evidence” provided in the claim.

        • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

          The entire account. If Hostess wasn’t going out of business, because of the greed of the unions, I guess there wouldn’t be this account of what NPR said about Hostess.

          I saw one lady standing by a sign that said, “Save my pension!” I wanted to shove it up her ass and tell her, ‘Be lucky you have one!’

    • Grandma HeadInjury

      Again with the headline bitching? C’mon, Purps, you are getting as overplayed and out of touch as Bill Maher’s Romney crush…

    • Elaine

      We support their losers while they buy our winners? Good deal.. for THEM.

  • Kevin Goettl

    Hell, I’m laughing too! Obummer union thugs tried calling owner’s buff….and lost. Now maybe a Mexican-owned company will buy Hostess.

    • Elilla Shadowheart

      Maybe Canadian. There’s been some rumors in VC circles up here that a few are looking at acquiring them. If that happens though you might see parts of the company move to Alberta where the taxes are dirt low.

      • Ken Alan Draper

        probably chinese company will buy hostess.

        • Elilla Shadowheart

          Yeah but then you’d have to look forward to tainted twinkies, and deadly ho-ho’s. Even Japan has very high regulations on any food types coming from China now after the tainted milk, then the tainted noodles. Not even counting the tainted baby formula that was cut with melamine .

          • No Longer Amazed

            Not to mention the lead in the toys!

          • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

            And the cadmium.

        • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

          Mitt Romney needs to buy Hostess. They might actually be made with better stuff than the crap union bakeries put out… Look how far down-hill Girl Scout cookies went?

    • jacksonjay

      Mexican bakery giant Bimbo is looking!

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  • nc

    Of course they’re laughing – two birds were killed with one stone: Evil unhealthy (tasty) cheap desserts, and a piece a traditional America (that is a cherished memory of most people’s childhood).

  • Grumpa Grumpus

    It is amazing that some dimwit here would say that the 1st bread to use enriched flour — you know, that means “flour with vitamins and minerals added” is a.junk food.

    Those vitamins, btw, were instrumental in combating a whole host of deficiency ailments during the last DemonCrap-caused-Disaster Great Depression.

    Your right! It is a junk food!

    Many people, probably your parents, should be grateful for that.

    Of course, the lack of understanding and compassion from Progressives is so common as to be completely unremarkable.

  • Grumpa Grumpus

    It is amazing that some dimwit here would say that the 1st bread to use enriched flour — you know, that means “flour with vitamins and minerals added” is a.junk food.

    Those vitamins, btw, were instrumental in combating a whole host of deficiency ailments during the last DemonCrap-caused-Disaster Great Depression.

    Your right! It is a junk food!

    Many people, probably your parents, should be grateful for that.

    Of course, the lack of understanding and compassion from Progressives is so common as to be completely unremarkable.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6CV3NKRH2H7GQTMC6BYQ3FJEFE Daisy MJ

    NPR is nothing but a bunch of a ssholes.

  • Maman

    I must say, this entire conversation is completely absurd. It’s quite obvious that all but a select few of you have never listened to and have no intention of ever listening to the NOR show in question. Yet you’re more than happy to make derisive comments that are completely misinformed and unsubstantiated. Do your research, understand he issue and make informed comments. Drawing conclusions from a headline is not productive in any way.