On her Bravo TV show Tuesday night, left-wing comedian Kathy Griffin referred to Sen. Scott Brown's two daughters as "prostitutes," and a CNN reporter apparently thought it hysterical. [Audio available here.]
Griffin, who was readying herself for a trip to Washington, DC to rally and drum up support for a repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," brought CNN reporters (husband and wife) Dana Bash and John King onto the show to "coach" her for handling Washington. Bash is a congressional correspondent for CNN, while King anchors the news hour "John King, USA."
When the couple showed Griffin a picture of Sen. Scott Brown and asked her to identify the figure, she responded "Scott Brown – who is a senator from Massachusetts, and has two daughters that are prostitutes."
Bash erupted with laughter, while King grimaced.
The incident is also ironic because Griffin was dropped from this year's CNN New Year's Eve program, due to her profanity-laced banter with Anderson Cooper last New Year's Eve.
Griffin's words were immediately followed by predictable on-screen text that read "Scott Brown's daughters ARE NOT prostitutes." So, why did the network run her statement at all?
The foul-mouthed comedian had plenty of gems within the hour-long expose of her efforts in D.C., which included a gaffe that Roll Call picked up where she jokingly called Rep. James Clyburn a "queen."
While she was being "coached" by King and Bash, Griffin reminisced, "Remember when the Republicans tried to get that nutbag Sarah Palin to sound credible before the Vice Presidential debate?.... Well, that's sort of like what John and Dana did for me."
When Griffin was "coached" by the PR experts at the Human Rights Campaign, before she ventured up to Capitol Hill to campaign for a repeal of DADT, she was shown videos of Sens. McCain and Chambliss arguing against the repeal.
"You f****** d***bags can suck it," Griffin spat about the senators. "F****** losers, old fartbags. You don't know what the f*** you're talking about."
Quotes from her Bravo! show, "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," which aired July 13, at 10 p.m. EDT, are provided below:
KATHY GRIFFIN: Since I don't really know enough about Washington, DC, I called upon two powerful Washington insiders to help me out.
(Text) Dana Bash & John King
– DC correspondents for CNN
– Married on May 25th, 2008
GRIFFIN: Luckily, they agreed to give me a crash course on everything DC.
GRIFFIN: Remember when the Republicans tried to get that nutbag Sarah Palin to sound credible before the Vice Presidential debate? They had a board, and ran flash cards to teach her the tough stuff? Like there's both a North and South Korea. Well, that's sort of like what John and Dana did for me."
GRIFFIN: Scott Brown, who is a senator from Massachusetts, and has two daughters that are prostitutes.
(Text) "And now, a brief message from Bravo's legal team. Scott Brown's daughters ARE NOT prostitutes. We now return you to your regularly scheduled negativity."
GRIFFIN: If Sarah Palin can do robo-calls, then any idiot can. I just need a hook. I need to say some s*** that Sarah Palin wouldn't have the balls to say in her robo-call. Not even robo-balls.
GRIFFIN: (After having been shown clips of Sens. McCain and Chambliss arguing against a repeal of DADT) You f****** d***bags can suck it. F****** losers, old fartbags. You don't know what the f*** you're talking about.
GRIFFIN: (On cell phone) I'm meeting with a big "queen" named Jim Clyburn.
GRIFFIN: (To Rep. Barney Frank) Have you ever been involved in a "thruple?"
GRIFFIN: (to stranger in DC) Down with the Tea Party!