NPR’s Totenberg Urges Imposition of a “Katrina Tax,” Says “I Want More Taxes”

<img vspace="0" hspace="0" border="0" align="right" src="http://newsbusters.org/media/2005-09-16-PBSIWTotenberg.jpg" />On the <a href="http://www.insidewashington.tv/"><i>Inside Washington</i></a> TV talk show aired on three Washington, DC stations over the weekend, NPR reporter Nina Totenberg, decked out in NewsBusters orange, suggested that President Bush’s Thursday night speech “would have been a great opportunity to say, 'look, I'm for tax cuts, but we need a Katrina tax, we need to really pay, to do this and to pay for it.’&quot; Host Gordon Peterson repeated her point: &quot;You want more taxes.&quot; Totenberg chuckled as she reiterated: &quot;I want more taxes, yes.&quot; Two weeks ago, as recounted in <a href="http://newsbusters.org/node/910">this NewsBusters item</a> with a video clip, Totenberg blamed tax cuts for the levee breakage: “For years, we have cut our taxes, cut our taxes and let the infrastructure throughout the country go and this is just the first of a number of other crumbling things that are going to happen to us.”<br /><br />Fuller quotation of Totenberg follows.<br /><br />
<!--break--> Totenberg advocated a tax hike on<i> Inside Washington</i>, a show taped at ABC’s Washington, DC affiliate, WJLA-TV, channel 7 (actually in Arlington, Virginia), where it airs after This Week on Sunday mornings. It first runs Friday nights on the PBS station, WETA-TV, channel 26, and then on Saturday nights at 7pm on NewsChannel 8, the local all-news cable channel owned by the ABC affiliate.<br /><br />Full recitation of the exchange quoted above, as Totenberg offered her reaction to Bush's Thursday night national address:<br /><br /><blockquote>Nina Totenberg: &quot;I thought it was weird lighting. It all looked a little strange to me. I was very happy to see him take responsibility and to not pretend that the buck stops someplace else. But it would have been a great opportunity to say, 'look, I'm for tax cuts, but we need a Katrina tax, we need to really pay, to do this and to pay for it.’&quot;<br /><br />Gordon Peterson: &quot;You want more taxes.&quot;<br /><br />Totenberg, as she chuckled: &quot;I want more taxes, yes.&quot;</blockquote><br />

Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center