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Totenberg Eats Shoe, Admits Misjudgment on Iraq Election's Power
Media Research Center ^ | March 7, 2005

Posted on 03/08/2005 1:54:07 PM PST by billorites

NPR's Nina Totenberg eats her shoe. Asked on Inside Washington over the weekend if President Bush deserves credit for the democratic movements rising in the Middle East, Totenberg, a critic of Bush's Iraq policy, replied that "if I had a hat I would have to eat it." Then, as she briefly brought a shoe to her month, she noted that "I've got my shoe here" and conceded that "I really did not think that this election in Iraq would make that much difference and I was wrong." She quickly added, however, that "it really does help that Arafat died and they had a real election in Palestine." Totenberg soon returned to her liberal roots, cautioning "that we not engage in a certain level of triumphalism about this." The Wall Street Journal's John Harwood went even further in crediting Bush: "George Bush is going to deserve more credit," for democracy in the Middle East, "than Ronald Reagan did for the demise of the former Soviet Union."

     Opening the second segment of the panel program produced at, and carried by, Washington, DC's ABC affiliate, WJLA-TV, host Gordon Peterson showed video of protesters in Lebanon and then read from a March 1 New York Times editorial: "The New York Times wrote: 'The Bush administration is entitled to claim a healthy share of the credit for many of these advances. It boldly proclaimed the cause of Middle East democracy at a time when few in the west thought it had a realistic chance.' Is this the Bush doctrine here?"
     Totenberg eagerly answered: "Let me say something here. If I had a hat I would have to eat it. [brings shoe to mouth] I've got my shoe here. I really did not think that this election in Iraq would make that much difference and I was wrong. Of course, it really does help that Arafat died and they had a real election in Palestine. That's just not insignificant. But, Charles [Krauthammer], when you were right, you were right."

     Peterson soon turned to former Washington Post reporter Eugene Robinson, who is now a columnist: "Can we put it at the foot of the Bush administration?"
     Robinson: "Well, you know, yeah, sure. I mean, a stopped clock is right a couple of times a day..."

     A bit later, Harwood proposed: "If we continue on this positive track we're on, George Bush is going to deserve more credit for that than Ronald Reagan did for the demise of the former Soviet Union and the felling of the Berlin Wall. When Ronald Reagan took office, a lot of people, including Daniel Patrick Moynihan -- a lot of Republicans' favorite Democrat -- were predicting the collapse of the Soviet Union because of internal strains. What George Bush has set in motion, with the Iraq war and Iraq elections, are something very few people thought were going to happen and it's almost entirely due to what he has done.".

     After some comments from columnist Charles Krauthammer, Totenberg cautioned: "I think it's important, Charles, that we not engage in a certain level of triumphalism about this."

     Inside Washington, the descendent of the old Agronsky & Company, airs Saturday night at 7pm local time in the Washington, DC area on cable's NewsChannel 8 and again at 11:30am Sunday on WJLA-TV, channel 7.

     The Web site for Inside Washington: www.insidewashington.tv

     The show's page on Totenberg: www.wjla.com

    



TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bushdoctrine; charleskrauthammer; eatingcrow; fairnessdoctrine; juanwilliams; mrc; ninatotenberg; npr; pbs; totenberg; vivianschiller

1 posted on 03/08/2005 1:54:11 PM PST by billorites
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To: billorites

It's a bad sign that the liberals are now saying Bush was right. I have an uneasy feeling of impending doom.


2 posted on 03/08/2005 1:55:27 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: billorites

A picture is worth a thousand words


3 posted on 03/08/2005 1:58:07 PM PST by frithguild (Defining hypocrisy - Liberals fear liberty.)
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To: billorites

"I think it's important, Charles, that we not engage in a certain level of triumphalism about this."

Not much chance of that, especially on the Mountain of the Dead.


4 posted on 03/08/2005 1:58:32 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Brilliant
"It's a bad sign that the liberals are now saying Bush was right. I have an uneasy feeling of impending doom. "

"Dogs and Cats Living Together! Mass Hysteria!"

5 posted on 03/08/2005 1:58:35 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites

We could use a few more "stopped clocks." And Nina Totenberg? I'm floored. Just stunned.


6 posted on 03/08/2005 1:58:42 PM PST by jwalburg (Those buried included children still clutching toys)
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To: billorites

I can respect her for the gesture.


7 posted on 03/08/2005 1:58:58 PM PST by Ruth A.
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To: billorites

Peterson soon turned to former Washington Post reporter Eugene Robinson, who is now a columnist: "Can we put it at the foot of the Bush administration?" Robinson: "Well, you know, yeah, sure. I mean, a stopped clock is right a couple of times a day..."

Oh, yeah, the current administration just stumbled on to this outcome - like old saying 'even a blind squirrel gets a nut every now and then?' A bitter statement from a bitter man.


8 posted on 03/08/2005 1:59:14 PM PST by Sax
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To: billorites

The new international sign for liberal foot in mouth disease...

9 posted on 03/08/2005 2:00:30 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Freedom. Brought to you by the grace of God and the Red, White and Blue...)
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To: Sax

Mind you, a stopped clock is correct more often than that "reporter" Robinson.


10 posted on 03/08/2005 2:00:47 PM PST by Ruth A.
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To: Brilliant
Nah. The libs simply realize how MUCH credit GWB really deserves, so they're damning him with faint praise so they can then change the subject.
11 posted on 03/08/2005 2:01:07 PM PST by utahagen
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To: billorites

Love that big 'W' in the background of the pic...it sure fits!


12 posted on 03/08/2005 2:01:59 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Freedom. Brought to you by the grace of God and the Red, White and Blue...)
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To: billorites
She quickly added, however, that "it really does help that Arafat died and they had a real election in Palestine."

I predicted this would be the "new history" by liberals...though with the spread of the New Media, it won't be as effective. Ann Coulter points out in her book "Treason" how the liberals in the early 1980s insisted Reagan was an idiot for taking on the Soviet Union...and when the Soviets fell eight years later, the liberals found a way to say "The Soviet demise was inevitable, and had been underway for years..."

The same thing will happen in their minds to G.W. Bush...they'll spend 8 years talking about what an idiot he is to take on big things like terrorism...and when success is seen, they'll say, "Oh, but it was inevitable...and Bill Clinton planted the seeds for it at Oslo....blah blah blah...."

Horse crap. But they'll eat it, smile, and say it tastes like apple pie.

13 posted on 03/08/2005 2:02:14 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: billorites
What else can they say? The non-stop attacks on Bush for Iraq the last 18 months have left the MSM and Dims no room to maneuver to take any of the credit.

Except for Hillary. Who thinks several moves ahead and is way smarter than that pseudo-intlellectual bunch of windbags.

14 posted on 03/08/2005 2:03:35 PM PST by colorado tanker (The People Have Spoken)
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To: Ruth A.

the quotation marks you added are very fitting. 'biased MSM' is a redudant phrase.


15 posted on 03/08/2005 2:04:48 PM PST by Sax
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To: billorites
"I've got my shoe here" and conceded that "I really did not think that this
election in Iraq would make that much difference and I was wrong."


16 posted on 03/08/2005 2:05:21 PM PST by Petronski (This is the Serengeti, heart of the Dark Continent, where Bar Codes roam free...)
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To: utahagen

Yep. Sort of like when they admitted that Quayle was right when he criticized "Murphy Brown." But they never really lived that down.

The problem is that the Democrats did not simply express respectful disagreement with Bush. When you behaved the way the Dems did, you better not later admit you were wrong.


17 posted on 03/08/2005 2:05:26 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: billorites
NPR's Nina Totenberg eats her shoe.

As Al Bundy might say, "if the shoe fits, eat it!"

18 posted on 03/08/2005 2:06:12 PM PST by GreenHornet
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To: Ruth A.
"I can respect her for the gesture."

She's a pretty good reporter.

Her NPR reports on the Supreme Court are straight forward and even handed as far as I can tell.

19 posted on 03/08/2005 2:06:31 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites
Now Nina, are you willing to take your head out of your.....
Stop gurgling girl I can't understand you...
20 posted on 03/08/2005 2:07:03 PM PST by hosepipe (This Propaganda has been edited to include not a small amount of Hyperbole..)
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To: Petronski

And that picture of the Hell sign with icycles is in order here also.


21 posted on 03/08/2005 2:07:17 PM PST by AaronInCarolina
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To: Brilliant

"It's a bad sign that the liberals are now saying Bush was right. "

I like what Rush had to say today. The real story is not that Bush was right, it's that the liberals were WRONG. It's hard enough to get them to say Bush was right. I want to hear them say they were wrong!


22 posted on 03/08/2005 2:08:40 PM PST by brownsfan (Post No Bills)
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To: Ruth A.
I can respect her for the gesture.
The respect would be deeper if she actually ate that shoe of hers, or at least a part of it, right on TV. As it stands now, it was only an empty gesture.
23 posted on 03/08/2005 2:09:46 PM PST by GSlob
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To: billorites

Nina Totenberg is a colossal and evil chronic liar, supported by my tax dollars against my will.


24 posted on 03/08/2005 2:09:56 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (Honoring Saint Jude's assistance every day.)
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To: billorites

Pigs do fly when Totenberg does this.

But wait just a minute!!! Let's figure out why these lefty journalists have taken this particular moment in time to eat crow. (I can't remember the ones who have decided to join Nina in this reversal, but there have been quite a few).

I think they are following Hillary's lead. She didn't have anything good to say about Bush's war until a few weeks ago. She and John McCain were in Iraq, being interviewed by Tim Russert on Meet The Press. Of course she was executing her expected move to the middle, but she wouldn't have been so bold in her support of Bush if she hadn't found out things there are going much better than the media has reported.

Hillary praises our progress, her media minions follow suit. So........I don't think we should take back slapping laps because these lefties are finally speaking/writing truth. I don't trust em, no matter what.


25 posted on 03/08/2005 2:33:16 PM PST by YaYa123 (@Always Ask Why.com)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

No, they won't say it "tastes like apple pie". They'll as it IS apple pie.


26 posted on 03/08/2005 2:41:33 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: billorites

The pigs are flying today.


27 posted on 03/08/2005 3:47:36 PM PST by KidGlock (W-1)
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