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Totenberg - NPR's Hate Monger
Media Research Center ^ | October 20, 2003 | MRC

Posted on 10/20/2003 11:36:58 AM PDT by Reagan Disciple

Eight years after NPR’s Nina Totenberg, on Inside Washington, wished death upon Senator Jesse Helms (“If there is retributive justice, he’ll get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it"), on the same show over the weekend she seemingly desired to hasten the death of Army General Jerry Boykin for having supposedly expressed the view that the war on terrorism “is a Christian crusade against Muslims.” Totenberg hatefully advocated: “I hope he’s not long for this world.”

When the other panelists were taken aback by her wish (“You putting a hit out on this guy or what?” and, “What is this, the Sopranos?”), she quickly backtracked: “In his job, in his job, in his job, please, please, in his job.”

The relevant portion of the October 18 Inside Washington, a show produced at Washington, DC’s Gannett-owned WUSA-TV and shown nationally on PBS stations:

Nina Totenberg of National Public Radio: “Now they’ve got this guy who’s head of the intelligence section in the Defense Department who’s being quoted as telling various groups, while he’s in uniform, that this is a Christian crusade against Muslims. I mean this is terrible, this is seriously bad stuff.”

Colbert King, Washington Post editorial writer: “The other thing about Boykin, he got it wrong. He said God put George Bush in the White House. The Supreme Court did it.” Totenberg: “The Supreme Court put George Bush in the White House.” Charles Krauthammer, syndicated columnist, joked: “It was 5,000 yentas in Palm Beach who couldn’t read the ballot. If that was not an act of providence, nothing is.” Gordon Peterson, host: “By the way, he was showing pictures of Somalia, Mogadishu and there’s a black mark in the sky and he said 'these are demons who controlled this thing.’” Totenberg: “Well, I hope he’s not long for this world because you can imagine-” Several voices reacted in unison, drowning her out, including Peterson: “You putting a hit out on this guy or what?” King: “Are you Reverend Pat Robertson?” Totenberg: “No, no, no, no, no, no!” Peterson: “What is this, the Sopranos?” Totenberg: “In his job, in his job, in his job, please, please, in his job.”

This wasn’t the first time Totenberg’s mind jumped immediately to offing someone whom she found offensive. Back on the July 8, 1995 Inside Washington, Totenberg had this reaction to Senator Jesse Helms’ complaint that AIDS research was getting a disproportionate share of federal research money. Inside Washington host Tina Gulland asked: "I don’t think I have any Jesse Helms defenders here. Nina?" Totenberg replied: "Not me, I think he ought to be worried about what’s going on in the Good Lord’s mind, because if there is retributive justice, he’ll get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it."


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Just more of the same blather from this witch. I post it only to show Krauthammer's statement - which made me laugh.

The more I see and read his work, the more I like him.

1 posted on 10/20/2003 11:36:58 AM PDT by Reagan Disciple
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To: Reagan Disciple
The more I see and read his work, the more I like him.

I agree. In past days, Krauthammer used to be more liberal in his mindset, but I get the impression he's become more conservative with time.

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2 posted on 10/20/2003 11:42:28 AM PDT by Joe Brower ("If you need a lawyer to tell you what your rights are, you don't have any rights.")
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To: Reagan Disciple
The haughtiness of that woman is vile.

This account is very much in her style of casual dismissiveness with high-pitched faux laughter and a condescending wag of the gullet.

3 posted on 10/20/2003 11:44:09 AM PDT by Monti Cello
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To: Reagan Disciple
Why is it the wife of the governor of Maryland has to apologize publicly for saying she would like to shoot Brittany Spears, but Nina doesn't have to apologize at all? For all we know, the governer's wife wasn't even going to shoot to kill, just cause some pain.
4 posted on 10/20/2003 11:45:33 AM PDT by Held_to_Ransom
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5 posted on 10/20/2003 11:47:47 AM PDT by Timesink
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To: Reagan Disciple
What is everybody making such a big deal of? She can say what she wants and it not like NPR isn't a private enterprise that gets no assistance from the taxpayer. I mean if that's what they want to put on NPR, market forces will take care of the situation.
6 posted on 10/20/2003 11:49:44 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: freedomlover
You forgot the /sarcasm after this.
7 posted on 10/20/2003 11:50:48 AM PDT by Reagan Disciple (Peace through Strength)
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To: freedomlover
You forgot the /sarcasm after this.
8 posted on 10/20/2003 11:51:12 AM PDT by Reagan Disciple (Peace through Strength)
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To: freedomlover
You forgot the /sarcasm after this.
9 posted on 10/20/2003 11:51:47 AM PDT by Reagan Disciple (Peace through Strength)
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To: Held_to_Ransom
Why is it the wife of the governor of Maryland has to apologize publicly for saying she would like to shoot Brittany Spears, but Nina doesn't have to apologize at all? For all we know, the governer's wife wasn't even going to shoot to kill, just cause some pain.

Because the Democrats have NO standards.

Totenberg has a twisted heart.

Krauthammer is usually right-on, but here is wrong.
The Democrats lost in Florida despite the false reporting
from the US media trying to "fix" the election (such as CBS).
Thus, in fact, Krauthammer's "5000 yentas" are even less believable
than Krauthammer's colleague's (John Mack's) abductee's aliens.

10 posted on 10/20/2003 11:53:48 AM PDT by Diogenesis (If you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us)
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To: Reagan Disciple
So let me understand, Nina is mad at the good general for making a true statement about the radical islamists, but it is ok, to wish Aids on Helms and or his children and a hit piece on the general........Hmm, makes sense, from a liberal point of view that is.
So where is the outrage over Nina ? Why can't we bring this crap before the public? Oh yea, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, they probably agree with her.......wow!
11 posted on 10/20/2003 11:56:07 AM PDT by Burlem
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To: Reagan Disciple
Shortly after the 2000 election, I was in a New Age bookstore, and overheard the owner say something like, "God must have let this [Bush's win] happen in order to make us [New Agers] stronger in the future." In other word's, Bush's election was kind of a Divine chastisement or purification for the forces of good, teaching them that next time they need to be tougher and better organized. So it isn't just fundamentalist Christians who apply cosmic significance to political events.
12 posted on 10/20/2003 11:57:30 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Reagan Disciple
"Not me, I think he ought to be worried about what’s going on in the Good Lord’s mind, because if there is retributive justice, he’ll get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it."

Really? I wonder how many people Jesse Helms infected with AIDS. I'll wager it's fewer than the number of girls Teddy Kennedy has drowned.

13 posted on 10/20/2003 11:58:01 AM PDT by Sloth ("I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" -- Jacobim Mugatu, 'Zoolander')
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To: Reagan Disciple
Nina needs an enema.
14 posted on 10/20/2003 12:00:08 PM PDT by 1Old Pro (ESPN now has 4 little wimpy sissies left. I'm switching back to FOX.)
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To: Reagan Disciple
Good lord! and she calls herself a public official? Has she been drug and alcohol tested recently?
15 posted on 10/20/2003 12:02:51 PM PDT by Republicus2001
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To: 1Old Pro
Its not just Totenberg.
I happened to be listening to Arkansas Public Radio from Little Rock last week. They ran a public service message encouraging listeners to protest touch-screen voting machines, suggesting they were designed to vote Republican...(honest !)
16 posted on 10/20/2003 12:03:24 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Steve_Seattle
"God must have let this [Bush's win] happen in order to make us [New Agers] stronger in the future."

I know it worked for me when BJ Clinton won, TWICE!
17 posted on 10/20/2003 12:04:42 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Liberalism is a Sin!)
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To: Reagan Disciple
Totenberg replied: "Not me, I think he ought to be worried about what’s going on in the Good Lord’s mind, because if there is retributive justice, he’ll get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it."

So, Ms. Totenberg doesn't like anyone in the Bush Administration invoking God, and especially Jesus, yet she is free to invoke it when wishing death on Jesse Helms or his family. Nice to see liberal compassion at work.

18 posted on 10/20/2003 12:05:37 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (Bringing you quality, non-unnecessarily-excerpted threads since 2002)
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To: Burlem
Limbaugh offers a piece of analysis that was agreed with by many, including some blacks and he has to quit his job but Totenburg gets a pass and in some corners accolades?
I think I've seen enough.
19 posted on 10/20/2003 12:06:20 PM PDT by Adder (.)
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To: Reagan Disciple; Drango
NPR BIAS PING!

Thanks for this catch, Reagan Disciple!
20 posted on 10/20/2003 12:09:15 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (DEFUND NPR & PBS - THE AMERICAN PRAVDA)
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To: Reagan Disciple

21 posted on 10/20/2003 12:16:40 PM PDT by gridlock (How many times must we go Muslim-Hun-Hoard, Muslim-Hun-Hoard, before we begin to see a pattern?)
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To: Steve_Seattle
In other word's, Bush's election was kind of a Divine chastisement or purification for the forces of good, teaching them that next time they need to be tougher and better organized.

And the results were....the mid-terms in 2002! All that psychic energy; all those Republicans....

22 posted on 10/20/2003 12:18:39 PM PDT by lorrainer (Oh, was I ranting? Sorry....)
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To: gridlock
Twelve more days to Halloween, Halloween, Halloween. Twelve more days to Halloween, Silver Shamrock.
23 posted on 10/20/2003 12:20:21 PM PDT by Reagan Disciple (Peace through Strength)
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To: Joe Brower
I have always respected Krauthammer. Even when I disagreed with his conclusions, I always listened to his reasoning. Unlike almost all his liberal colleagues, Krauthammer thinks before he speaks. His responses are seldom the rote party-line. On the other hand, you cannot find one degree of separation between Totenberg and the DNC position on any issue.
24 posted on 10/20/2003 12:20:24 PM PDT by CommerceComet
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To: gridlock
She does, however, have a face for radio...dontcha think?
25 posted on 10/20/2003 12:20:32 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Dems lie 'cause they have to...)
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To: Reagan Disciple
Sounds like hate speech to me.
26 posted on 10/20/2003 12:21:03 PM PDT by theDentist (Liberals can sugarcoat sh** all they want. I'm not biting.)
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To: Reagan Disciple
Didn't Nina commit plagiary a few years back like Joe Biden?
27 posted on 10/20/2003 12:25:20 PM PDT by Consort
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
That probably comes from stories in the Independent and other sources about how the Republicans stole Georgia via touch-screen machines built by a major Republican contributor.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3529556&thesection=news&thesubsection=world
28 posted on 10/20/2003 12:27:53 PM PDT by jackbill
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To: gridlock
OW! OW! My eyes! You had to post her picture! Actually, that's a rather flattering shot of the obnoxious hillary, especially since one can't hear her disgusting comments, grating voice, and stupid laugh.
29 posted on 10/20/2003 12:34:50 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Take only as directed.)
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To: Joe Brower
"In past days, Krauthammer used to be more liberal in his mindset, but I get the impression he's become more conservative with time."

This is the lovely thing about the hatefullness of the VLWC; with all their vituperation, they are bonding more tightly with their core lunatics but driving away their moderates and the large pool of "undecided's," mostly to the benefit of the Pubbie side.
30 posted on 10/20/2003 12:36:38 PM PDT by Chu Gary
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To: jackbill
Yeah...John Gibson talked about this last week on his show. Appearantly the manufacturer is a GOP contributor. While there is no proof of any shananigans, it was revealed that with these electronic voting machines, there is no paper trail to confirm things. Personally, I don't trust these computer/electronic voting devices. But hey, democrats..be careful what ya' wish for.
31 posted on 10/20/2003 12:36:41 PM PDT by cwb
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To: jackbill
UN believeable.
32 posted on 10/20/2003 12:38:38 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Reagan Disciple
I used to be a liberal, and had loyally listened to NPR since a child in the 70s.

I started become conservative, and other things were influencing my change, but still listened to NPR on occasion.

Then, I heard Nina "report" about the Clinton sex abuse litigation. You may recall how there was a big issue with Clinton's lawyer telling a judge during a videotaped testimony with respect to the meaning of "sex" that there was no "way, shape, or form" any sex with Monica. The key issue was Clinton's attention to this false statement being made on his behalf.

Having already seen the video of Clinton with the lawyer's words on the soundtrack, I would have unbiasedly reported that Clinton appeared on tape, showing his head and upper torso. He appeared fully alert, and was engaged in no apparent other activity such as reading or talking. He looked down and toward his left without unusual physical or eye movements.

Nina, on the other hand reported (quoting from my recollection) that he appeared "distracted" during the exchange, and may not have heard what was said.

I never listened to NPR again.
33 posted on 10/20/2003 12:58:14 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed
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To: Pharmboy
Defund NPR!!!!!!
34 posted on 10/20/2003 12:58:28 PM PDT by CPT Clay
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To: All

NPR. Your tax dollars at work.


35 posted on 10/20/2003 12:59:42 PM PDT by newgeezer (A conservative who conserves -- a true capitalist!)
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To: Timesink
On, please. Thanks.
36 posted on 10/20/2003 1:00:04 PM PDT by LisaFab
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To: Reagan Disciple
Wasn't she involved in the smearing of Clarence Thomas at his SCOTUS hearing?
37 posted on 10/20/2003 1:01:35 PM PDT by Wacka
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To: Reagan Disciple
Believe it or not, Totenburg is a fountain of love compared to the hateful witch, NPR's Margo Adler.
38 posted on 10/20/2003 1:04:00 PM PDT by Skooz (All Hail the Mighty Kansas City Chiefs)
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To: Wacka
Wasn't she involved in the smearing of Clarence Thomas at his SCOTUS hearing?

Yes. Google is your friend.

39 posted on 10/20/2003 1:05:06 PM PDT by newgeezer (A conservative who conserves -- a true capitalist!)
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To: Reagan Disciple
Charles Krauthammer, syndicated columnist, joked: “It was 5,000 yentas in Palm Beach who couldn’t read the ballot. If that was not an act of providence, nothing is.”

LOL Love Krauthammer!

40 posted on 10/20/2003 1:09:59 PM PDT by Guillermo ( Proud Infidel)
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To: gridlock
Amazing how many ugly women flock to the Democrat Party. Considering that Dim men have no gonads, and that Dim women do have gonads, they should be called the Hermaphrodite Party.
41 posted on 10/20/2003 1:18:36 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (Bringing you quality, non-unnecessarily-excerpted threads since 2002)
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To: Reagan Disciple
Is this the same woman on NPR who, right after the towers fell, said that, "Everything will be back to normal by Monday." in a tone that clearly meant that she felt as if it wasn't a big deal?
Nasal obnoxious voice?
If it is, she's a complete A** and should not be on the air anywhere.
42 posted on 10/20/2003 1:40:47 PM PDT by Darksheare (Shadows of the mind, vague whispers of memory when we pass by. Held precious until new life begins.)
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To: Chu Gary
Interesting observation.
43 posted on 10/20/2003 1:51:55 PM PDT by Joe Brower ("If you need a lawyer to tell you what your rights are, you don't have any rights.")
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To: gridlock
Man... Gee, do you have to spoil my dinner???
44 posted on 10/20/2003 4:27:03 PM PDT by Toidylop
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To: Reagan Disciple
THIS IDIOT THINKS NINA WOULD BE HIS DREAM DATE
45 posted on 10/20/2003 4:31:23 PM PDT by doug from upland (Uncle Ted = bloated, arrogant, lying, drunken, killer lifeguard)
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To: freedomlover
NPR isn't a private enterprise that gets no assistance from the taxpayer

true. but they are anything but NEWS.

46 posted on 10/20/2003 4:34:02 PM PDT by alrea
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To: Monti Cello
The haughtiness of that woman is vile.

Yeah, liberal elitists are like that.

It's funny when you realize what foolish, usefull idiots of the left people like Nina are.

47 posted on 10/20/2003 4:40:14 PM PDT by Bullish
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To: Reagan Disciple
"Totenberg" Can be rendered from the German in English as: "Mountain of the Dead." Nina is spiritually, if not brain...dead. What she wishes on the Right - has already befalled her. Schade.
48 posted on 10/20/2003 4:42:50 PM PDT by esopman (Blessings on Freepers Everywhere)
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To: esopman
befalled = befallen
49 posted on 10/20/2003 4:43:39 PM PDT by esopman (Blessings on Freepers Everywhere)
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To: gridlock
If Nina Totenberg ("Mountain of the Dead" in Yiddish...hmmm) wants to hate somebody, she can start with the surgeon that did "her" sex-change operation... looks like he missed a few masculine characteristics he was supposed to trim off.

In other words, yecch.

d.o.l.

Criminal Number 18F

50 posted on 10/20/2003 4:47:24 PM PDT by Criminal Number 18F (The essence of life, I concluded, did not lie in the material. -- Charles A. Lindbergh)
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