Yeah, don't ever equate NPR with promoting leftwing propaganda:
Eggnog tasting. Red-and-green theme party. Holiday get-together.
Perhaps these would be acceptable terms. But "Christmas Party"? Put it on the naughty list.
NPR's Nina Totenberg suggests that using the word "Christmas" to describe all those winter-weather parties is somehow inappropriate, as she excused herself over the weekend for using it during an on-air discussion.
The peculiar remark came as Totenberg was making a point about the budget. She asked her fellow panelists to "forgive the expression" when she mentioned a Christmas party she attended.
"I want to say one thing about the budget that didn't get passed, the omnibus bill. You know, we talk a lot about -- we just passed this huge tax cut in part because business said, you know, we have to plan, we have to know what kind of tax cuts we have. Well, these agencies, including the Defense Department, don't know how much money they've got and for what," she said. "And I was at -- forgive the expression -- a Christmas party at the Department of Justice and people actually (were) really worried about this."
Totenberg, the legal affairs correspondent for NPR, was participating in a roundtable on "Inside Washington," a show produced by ABC's Washington affiliate and distributed to PBS stations. Sunday's airing of the show did not include the discussion in question. But a representative with the Media Research Center, which originally posted the clip online, said the version of the show which aired Friday on PBS' Washington affiliate WETA included the uncut section.