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Elizabeth Trotta (born 28 March 1937) is a conservative American journalist and commentator, best known for contributions to various Fox News programs.


Trotta was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Her parents, Gaetano "Thomas" Trotta, a successful pharmacist, and the former Lillian Theresa Mazzacane, were both Catholics who had emigrated from Italy.[1]

Trotta is a Fox News contributor and the former New York bureau chief of The Washington Times.[2] She began her career in 1965, covering the Vietnam War as a correspondent for NBC News and later working for CBS News.[3] Trotta has taught Journalism at Stern College of Yeshiva University. She has won three Emmy awards and two Overseas Press Club awards, and is a graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.[2]


On 25 May 2008, Trotta expressed on Fox News an apparent desire that presidential candidate Barack Obama be assassinated prior to the 2008 United States presidential election.[4][5][6] While speaking about Hillary Rodham Clinton's reference[7][8] to Robert F. Kennedy's assassination, Trotta said:

... and now we have what some are reading as a suggestion that somebody knock off Osama. Um, uh, Obama. Well, both, if we could.[9]

Trotta apologized the next day.[10] A petition demanding that Trotta be fired was soon up on Care2.[11][12]

On 5 July 2009, Trotta criticized Sarah Palin (who had just resigned as Governor of Alaska), saying that she was "inarticulate and under-educated."[13]


  1. ^ Hoffman, Joyce (2008). On Their Own, p 243. Retrieved on 2009-07-06 from
  2. ^ a b "Liz Trotta". Fox News Channel. 2004-10-04.,2933,34775,00.html. Retrieved 2008-05-26.  
  3. ^ "Fighting for Air: In the Trenches with Television News.". The Washington Monthly. 1991-06-01. Retrieved 2008-05-26.  
  4. ^ "Fox News Contributor Jokes About Bumping Off Obama". Editor & Publisher. Retrieved 2008-05-25.  
  5. ^ Same Joke, More Regret - The Caucus - Politics - New York Times Blog
  6. ^ - News You Should Know » A Call For Liz Trotta’s Job After On-Air ‘Joke’ About Obama Assassination
  7. ^ Collinson, Stephen (2008-05-24). "Clinton tries to move past Kennedy assassination comment". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2008-05-26.  
  8. ^ "What Does RFK's Assassination Have to Do with It?". YouTube. 2008-05-23. Retrieved 2008-05-26.  
  9. ^ "Media Frenzy". Fox News. 2008-05-25. Retrieved 2008-05-27.  
  10. ^ Michael Calderone's Blog: Fox analyst apologizes for Obama assassination joke -
  11. ^ "Fox News Commentator Criticized for Remarks". OhmyNews. 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2008-05-27.  
  12. ^ "In the context of no-context". Los Angeles Times. 2008-05-31.,0,1316586.column. Retrieved 2008-06-01.  
  13. ^ Fox News Channel (2009-07-05 10:55 CT). Liz Trotta on Fox News Channel, 5 July 2009. Retrieved on 2009-07-06 from


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