Here’s the scenario: you’re going on a Sunday morning talk show and among a variety of topics, you’ll discuss the guy who had bomb material sewn into his underwear for a Christmas Day flight. So what terminology do you use?
On Sunday columnist Charles Krauthammer and Fox News President Roger Ailes appeared on respective shows – Krauthammer on his usual “Fox News Sunday” panel, and Ailes on ABC “This Week” for the first time with guest host Barbara Walters.
“Now we’re going to have to take everybody’s underpants off,” Ailes told Walters. Krauthammer, meanwhile, remarked about a “guy who had a bomb in his underpants.”
In each case on Sunday, both men used “underpants” to describe the Christmas Day criminal.
Awkward to watch, indeed. The use of “underpants” from either of these stalwarts is tough to hear.
Each journalist/talk show host handles the words differently.
Christmas Day Terrorist Names and References
Who has said it: HuffPost’s Jason Linkins
Fruit of the Boom
Who has said it: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow
Who has said it: CNN’s Anderson Cooper
Undie Bomber Fiasco
Who has said it: CBS’s Bob Schieffer
Who has said it: MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann
Who has said it: WaPo’s Howard Kurtz
“I fly a lot. I want to know how a guy can get three ounces of plastic in his underwear.”
Who has said it: Democratic Strategist James Carville on CNN.
Fruit of the Lunatic
Who has said it: CBS’s David Letterman, describing the brand of underwear the bomber likely wore.
Airport Crotch Screening
Who has said it: Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert