A publicly funded radio host likened Chick-fil-A to Adolf Hitler Saturday in a warped attempt at humor.
Peter Sagal, host of NPR's "Wait, Wait . . . Don't Tell Me," made the off-color remark during the weekly news quiz's "Lightning Fill in the Blank" segment.
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He asked guest Amy Dickinson: "KFC is considering suing a restaurant in Thailand for using its logo and replacing Col. Sanders with blank?" The advice columnist guessed the Buddha, but the correct answer was Hitler.
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Dickinson gasped when she heard about the true story. However Sagal, who is Jewish, continued. "Yum Brands which owns KFC was pretty ticked off when it noticed the Hitler restaurant in Bangkok was using the Col. Sanders logo with Hitler's head Photoshopped in.
"Yum Brands is planning legal action," continued Sagal. "But the owners of the Hitler restaurant say they are very sorry for insulting a chicken restaurant by associating it with a symbol of intolerance — and next time they will just go with Chick-fil-A."
Sagal was referring to last year's controversy
when Chick-fil-A's president Dan Cathy came out against gay marriage, saying "We are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.'"
It was later revealed that the company's foundation had donated heavily to groups opposing same sex unions.
The amount that NPR receives from the taxpayer has long been a subject of debate. The broadcaster says it receives only around 3 percent of its budget direct from the federal government, however, according to The Wall Street Journal
a 2010 study by The American Thinker's Mark Browning found that the figure in direct and indirect payments from the public purse could be as high as 25 percent. At the time the total annual NPR budget was put at $166 million.
"Wait, Wait…Don't Tell Me" is a joint production of NPR and WBEZ, a public radio station in Chicago.
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