This week's Mainstream Media Scream features CNN's "New Day" morning show co-host Chris Cuomo decrying the “Price is Right” theme song used to introduce winning Florida Republican House candidate David Jolly, unaware it was a salute to longtime host Bob Barker, who had endorsed Jolly.
Moments before Cuomo made his lament, correspondent Dana Bash played a clip from Jolly's rally — including the famous TV game show's theme — as she covered the results of the election last week. Co-anchor Michaela Pereira pointed out the musical choice, as a lead-in for her colleague's rant: "Did you notice what they're playing there?"
Cuomo: We're watching the video there of the guy celebrating the win, and the song is called "Sixth Finger Tune." It is the theme song from The Price Is Right —
Brooke Baldwin: How do you know the name of that?
Cuomo: They just told me in my ear what the name of the song is. I wouldn't know anything. [Pointing to earpiece] You see this? There's my brain —
Baldwin: [Pointing to earpiece] The brilliant people talk to Chris in his ear — the smart people —
Cuomo: Here's the secret to Chris Cuomo's intelligence on TV — it's hanging right there. But here's the thing —
Cuomo: What a metaphor for what politics has become — that they are playing the theme song of "The Price Is Right" —
Baldwin: The Price Is Right!
Pereira: From The Price Is Right!
Cuomo: When they celebrate a victory, because it's about the money! It makes me sick.
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “Not so much ?what a metaphor for what politics has become,' but a metaphor for what CNN has become: Vapid, uninformed political commentary in search of proving liberal points -- instead of focusing on a big setback for President Obama and Obamacare. Cuomo proved himself about as informed on current events as the typical screaming Price is Right contestant.”
Rating: Four out of five screams.Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.