D.L. Hughley Breaks the News

Season 1 Episode 13

February 21 2009

Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Feb 21, 2009 on CNN
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February 21 2009
Discussions include the controversial cartoon in the New York Post of a dead chimpanzee and the actions of Stewart Parnell and his company, Peanut Corporation of America.

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • D.L.'s coffee mug had "I (heart) Eric Holder" written on it after the Attorney General had accused Americans of being "cowards when it came to race". In previous weeks, it had said "I (heart) Rod Blagojevich".

      • Archive footage of Peanut Corporation of America CEO Stewart Parnell during his appearance before the congressional hearings into the salmonella outbreak was shown on this episode.

      • Archive news footage of Attorney General Eric Holder, Alexander Rodriguez, Rush Limbaugh, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, reporter Jake Tapper and Bristol Palin appear in this episode.

    • QUOTES (6)

      • D.L.Hughley: (to Michael Precker) You were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and now you're managing a strip club. How the hell does that happen?

      • D.L. Hughley: (in reference to Stewart Parnell, President of the Peanut Corporation of America) Nine people are dead. And I have... I know no charges are filed, but I personally think this guy, he should be held accountable for those actions. I hate what I see happening. I hate how we get so worked up about steroids; we get so worked up about octuplets; but this man, willingly, from all I have seen, knew that the product that he was putting out could hurt and kill consumers.

      • Al Sharpton: (discussing a questionable cartoon printed by the New York Post) You put it out there in the paper. So we can't question a cartoon that seems to depict the president as a monkey? No, I don't think that's fair.
        D.L. Hughley: Not only did it depict him as a monkey, but it said now you're going to have to come up with, like, a shot monkey.

      • D.L. Hughley: I refer to the cartoon that ran in "The New York Post." It ran an editorial cartoon and then some have come out against it and called it outrageous and racist. You may have seen this. Here are two police officers standing over the body of a chimp they shot. One of the officers says, "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill." Now, I'm a comedian and I have told a lot of bad jokes. I just can't understand what he thought was funny about that?

      • D.L. Hughley: Eric Holder, our newly minted attorney general. He was giving a speech for Black History Month. And he said this:
        Eric Holder: (archive footage) Simply put, to get to the heart of this country, one must examine its racial soul. Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial, we have always been and we, I believe, continue to be, in too many ways, essentially, a nation of cowards.
        D.L. Hughley: Damn! I'm glad he got confirmed before he starts talking like that, huh? I'll wait until I'm confirmed and then I'll tell you how I really feel, which is essentially cowardly, but, damn it, he did it. I'm proud of him. Already confirmed? Check. The only guy that can fire me is the black president? Check.

      • D.L.Hughley: The stimulus package passed this weekend. This is a copy of the actual stimulus. (He points out a huge stack of paper to the audience) You know how we can save money? By not printing the damn stimulus package. You know how many trees had to die to get this?

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