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Krauthammer Schools Totenberg on Israeli Peace Offers: ‘You Are Simply Factually Wrong’
Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2013 | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 03/23/2013 12:39:51 PM PDT by Kaslin

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer on Friday once again demonstrated how liberal media members often make statements about issues they know nothing about.

On this occasion, it was NPR's Nina Totenberg making unfounded claims about past Israel peace offers on PBS's Inside Washington that led Krauthammer to scold, "You’re simply factually wrong" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Krauthammer Schools Totenberg on Israeli Peace Offers: ‘You Are Simply Factually Wrong’

NINA TOTENBERG, NPR: There also has to be lines that make sense for the Palestinian state, and, you know, I can’t argue this with Charles with the same kind of detail and prevail, but I have looked at what the offers have been, and they’re not realistic for either side still. They haven’t solved Jerusalem. The Israelis don’t want to share Jerusalem. Nobody wants to share Jerusalem. These are very hard issues.

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: But you’re simply factually wrong. In the agreement in what was offered in 2008 by [former Prime Minister Ehud] Olmert, Jerusalem was split. In what Israel offered in Camp David in the year 2000 with Clinton as the witness, the Israelis offered a division of Jerusalem for the first time ever. That’s simply factually wrong. The Israelis have offered this, and Arafat wouldn’t sign.

TOTENBERG: The question is how was it split.

KRAUTHAMMER: No. The question is would Arafat or anybody ever sign an agreement that accepts a Jewish state, and for six decades, the answer has been "No."

Indeed it has been, yet media members such as Totenberg ignore this as they continually blame Israel for a lack of peace in the region.

The difference here was Totenberg prefacing her comments by saying, "I can’t argue this with Charles with the same kind of detail and prevail."

Since she proved herself correct with Krauthammer's assistance, one must wonder why she bothered offering an opinion if she herself realized she wasn't necessarily qualified to do so.

Of course, if liberal media members kept their mouths shut when they didn't know what they were talking about, there'd be a lot of dead silent airtime on news programs which would be preferable to the misinformation viewers are typically treated to by the terminally clueless.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: charleskrauthammer; insidewashington; israel; israelpalestine; krauthammer; ninatotenberg; npr; waronterror

1 posted on 03/23/2013 12:39:51 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Now that Nina knows the facts, I’m sure she will re-think her position. [/s]


2 posted on 03/23/2013 12:44:01 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The ballot box is a sham. Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: Kaslin

Nina Totenkopf.

We know what she and her party is.


3 posted on 03/23/2013 12:55:03 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Kaslin

I’ll never forget this b!tch during the Thomas lynching. A Black guy was called to testify about “what’s her name.” He was a very accomplished and experienced person. At the start of his testimony, he stated his bona fides, which were considerable. Then he testified about “what’s her name?” And he disparaged her. Nunu Totempole didn’t like his testimony, so she ripped him apart in her commentary. It(she) was disgraceful!


4 posted on 03/23/2013 12:55:49 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Anita Hill?


5 posted on 03/23/2013 1:00:55 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Kaslin

I blame California for the lack of progress in reacquiring Aztlan.


6 posted on 03/23/2013 1:04:54 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Fun for women ages 21 through 35)
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To: Hardraade

Actually the German translation of her last name is Deadmountain


7 posted on 03/23/2013 1:13:03 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

The minute someone tries to cover their tracks by saying something like, ”well, I don’t speak Japanese as well as you do” - you have respond by saying, ”And do you speak Japanese at all? And if you don’t speak Japanese/ are not minutely informed on this issue - what qualifies you to opine? Really, who do you think you are?”


8 posted on 03/23/2013 1:35:53 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Kaslin
If memory serves, this is Nina Totenberg's second trip to the public whipping post in the last 10 years. I don't remember the details of the last one, but it was about like this one.
9 posted on 03/23/2013 1:44:28 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
I remember the gentleman in question, but I don't remember his name. Eloquent in speech, resolute, and quite convincing. I didn't know that this PBS maven had dumped on him. Although I am not surprised that she could not take issue with the substance of his message so that she had to attack trivial side comments
What a good use of my tax dollars in providing employment for these spewers of liberal banalities.
10 posted on 03/23/2013 1:50:43 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: Kaslin

Facts are irrelevant when you have a party line to promote. The idiocy that is repeatedly advanced to discredit Israel is beyond belief for anyone who has lived and listened through the last sixty years.

The Nazis are winning the second round. Islam poses a similar threat to the world as did Germany. Will Israel survive? Just now, it doesn’t look promising.


11 posted on 03/23/2013 2:04:30 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Kaslin

Mountain of the Dead?


12 posted on 03/23/2013 2:05:32 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: EEGator

Anita Hill?

Yes. She who should remain nameless!


13 posted on 03/23/2013 2:09:29 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Kaslin
Watched the video....OMG...Mark Shields is STILL on that panel...

I wonder where they hid his liquor bottle...

Nina has always done a factitious wind bag...so it's not really surprising she is so ill-informed...

I'm glad Krath put in her place...

14 posted on 03/23/2013 2:10:50 PM PDT by Popman
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Ah...my bad.


15 posted on 03/23/2013 2:14:14 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

nina is such an ill-informed fool. The sick thing is that she benefits from tax money given to (stolen by) pbs. What a intellectual freak show she is.


16 posted on 03/23/2013 2:16:31 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: hal ogen

Why NPR exists is beyond me. It’s loaded with all liberals.


17 posted on 03/23/2013 2:32:35 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator
Why NPR exists is beyond me. It’s loaded with all liberals.

Smile! Your tax dollars are helping partially fund that den of mentally diseased RATS.

18 posted on 03/23/2013 2:40:36 PM PDT by upchuck (Free Republic: faster than a speeding bullet!)
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To: upchuck

Awesome.


19 posted on 03/23/2013 2:50:02 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Kaslin
More misinformation from the Mountain of the Dead.
20 posted on 03/23/2013 3:11:07 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: EEGator
NPR once existed in order to provide Classical Music and good jazz to the literati, regardless of their political orientation. (Sorta semi-literate American people like me) .

However, this musical mission has gone by the wayside. Instead of Bach, you get bullshiite. Instead of Mozart or even Mingus, you get hour after hour of Marxism. Nina, Mara, Diane Rheem, and the smarmy pansies of the NPR "male" contingent, deliver interminable programming highlighting Democrat Party talking points. They interview Democrats to set them up for oratorical flights of fancy that would do Trotsky proud. They are anti-Christian (Down on Evangelicals, and even more down on gasp ... Catholics), anti-Republican,pro-abortion, anti-gun, pro-Palestinian (and pro-Muslim). Even their info-tainment (Prairie Home Companion, for one, and the Bill Moyers Crap Hours) are thinly veiled propaganda. You wanna be shocked ... SHOCKED I say? Moyers, Keillor, Ken Burns, et al. make MILLIONS .... MILLIONS! from NPR syndication deals. Now, how does that happen?

NPR News? You might as well crank up your Hallicrafters and tune in Pravda re-runs. In Gulf-Coast FL, they decided to put the Classical Music all on one new station, to give more time for Leftie Agit-Prop on the main stations. Guess what? After two years of trying, they can't get a signal out past the station fence!

May the gods strike these broadcast stalinists (except for Klick and Klack, who are Lefties to be sure, but polite about it) with incurable exczema and even more extreme halitosis! But you know what, I'll take back the curse if they interview a Black Republican like Col. West, or this Mitchell fellow in Chicago. Hell, I know it wouldn't be a fair interview ... but it would be progress.

BTW, a couple of the more extreme leftie reporterettes are functionally illiterate. But I have been promised they will say something nice about Pope Francis, if he canonizes St. Trayvon Martin, and burns Zimmerman at the stake.

21 posted on 03/23/2013 3:21:14 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The Obama Molecule: Teflon binds with Melanin = No Criminal Charges Stick)
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To: Kenny Bunk

I wish they had classical music on only. I would actually listen.

P.S. I enjoyed the rant :)


22 posted on 03/23/2013 3:25:38 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Kenny Bunk

You are oh so right. The fact is that the world is way too full of those who are probably a little above average, but not very creative or visionary, who nonetheless define themselves as ‘intellectual’ and who as such are as dangerous as they are ignorant. No group is as destructive as the self convinced.


23 posted on 03/23/2013 4:17:09 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Kaslin.
The question is would Arafat or anybody ever sign an agreement that accepts a Jewish state, and for six decades, the answer has been "No."
Taxpayers are forced to pay Totenkopf's salary.


24 posted on 03/23/2013 8:30:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Don’t remember all the details, but I think Totenberg was one of a gaggle of thugs working behind the scenes to stop the Thomas nomination - using her press credentials such as they are I believe she got hold of some confidential reports which discussed Anita Hill’s attitude toward Thomas and then joined with others to persuade Hill, who initially did not want to testify, to go public with her stories - a disgraceful and unethical misuse of her position and journalistic privilege......


25 posted on 03/23/2013 9:41:15 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Kenny Bunk
NPR once existed in order to provide Classical Music and good jazz to the literati, regardless of their political orientation.

It was decades ago, but I once heard the argument made that NPR was necessary because it was the only way that people living (and vacationing) in the Central Adirondacks would ever hear classical music.

26 posted on 03/23/2013 10:10:02 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Kaslin
"The Israelis don’t want to share Jerusalem. Nobody wants to share Jerusalem. These are very hard issues."

Good Lord! How can one purport to be a serious, well-informed newsperson Washington, D.C. and NOT be aware of the two times that Israel has offered to share Jerusalem.

I would wager that most FReepers remember those occasions with some degree of clarity. And that, both times, Arafat walked away.

She has got to be willingly ignorant not to remember that.

27 posted on 03/23/2013 10:14:33 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Kaslin

Funny. In German ‘’totenkopf’’ means death head.


28 posted on 03/24/2013 3:16:08 AM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: okie01

The fact that Israel was willing to split Jerusalem is one reason they will be DESTROYED some day....just like US...When you show WEAKNESS to a Muslim, they go for the JUGULAR!!!


29 posted on 03/24/2013 3:16:50 AM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: RobbyS

Both, Toten is plural and means the dead, and berg means mountain


30 posted on 03/24/2013 3:37:42 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: RobbyS
Both, Toten is plural and means the dead, and berg means mountain
Oops I misread, I thought you said Mountain or Dead.
31 posted on 03/24/2013 3:39:35 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: jmacusa

Her name isn’t Totenkopf, it’s Totenberg. Now Toten is plural as in the dead and Berg means Mountain. So her name actually translates into Deadmountain which means mountain of the dead


32 posted on 03/24/2013 3:46:18 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: EEGator; Kenny Bunk

Yes, I must say, that was nicely done, and completely spot-on.


33 posted on 03/24/2013 4:55:57 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Intolerant in NJ

You’ve jogged my memory, and you are correct.


34 posted on 03/24/2013 5:43:22 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Kaslin

“Berg’’ is ‘’mountain’’ in German. ‘’kopf’’ is ‘’head’’. ‘’dumbkopf’’ ‘’dumb head’’ or ‘’stupid’’. In WW2 the SS unit that ran the concentration camps were called “Der Totenkopfverbande’’ or “DeathHead Unit’’.


35 posted on 03/24/2013 11:05:02 AM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Kaslin

Ach so! Du hast recht!


36 posted on 03/24/2013 11:06:48 AM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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