Nina Totenberg Shreds Journalistic Ethics at NPR

Shamelessly liberal NPR Supreme Court docket reporter Nina Totenberg hit The New York Instances bestseller record together with her new ebook “Dinners with Ruth,” celebrating 5 many years of flouting any notion of media ethics together with her pal Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The business goal is pretty clear. It’s time to money in with all the libertine leftists who purchased buckets of “Infamous RBG” merchandise. It’s no shock this ebook is a success with public radio progressives. NPR cranked up its personal taxpayer-funded publicity machine to goose the gross sales, together with:

  • A seven-minute “Morning Version” interview on Sept. 2 with anchor Steve Inskeep.
  • A syrupy NPR ebook overview on Sept. 12 by their ebook critic Martha Anne Toll. She started: “Depend me amongst those that depend on NPR reporter Nina Totenberg’s crystalline explanations for all issues authorized, particularly Supreme Court docket arcana. Nobody is clearer and extra incisive.” It went downhill from there. For instance, “Totenberg grew to become a family title through the now notorious hearings” for Justice Clarence Thomas. Notorious? As a result of he made it?
  • The following day, it was hailed as “NPR’s Guide of the Day.”
  • A fulsome hour on NPR’s discuss present “Contemporary Air with Terry Gross” on Sept. 14. It felt like “This Is Your Life,” discussing Totenberg’s violinist father and her two husbands, in addition to the RBG stuff. A piece of it reran on “Contemporary Air Weekend.”
  • Ten minutes on the same afternoon information/discuss present “Right here & Now.” Host Robin Younger instructed listeners she chatted with Totenberg for an occasion earlier than a “sold-out crowd” in Boston. They howled about FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover calling Totenberg a “persistent” B-word, and the way within the warmth of the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas fracas, she instructed Republican Sen. Alan Simpson he was a “f—ing bully” after they fought on ABC’s “Nightline.”
  • There was additionally a really pleasant seven-minute interview on “PBS NewsHour.” It ended with Totenberg saying to anchor Judy Woodruff, “Thanks, expensive buddy.”
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In every interview, they’d contact on the moral questions raised by the Totenberg-Ginsburg alliance. Every time, Totenberg blustered previous the questions. This was no secret association. Totenberg palled round with Ginsburg on the Glamour journal “Lady of the 12 months Awards,” and on the Sundance Movie Pageant to advertise CNN’s saccharine “RBG” documentary.

She uncorked a six-and-a-half-minute phase on NPR selling the ebook “The Infamous RBG” and Ginsburg’s ascension to “cultural icon” standing. Solely after Ginsburg died, NPR’s public editor confessed, “NPR Ought to Have Revealed Totenberg-RBG Friendship Earlier.”

On the time, Totenberg comically claimed, “I’ve by no means shaded my reporting due to my friendship with Justice Ginsburg.”

Her reporting is perpetually tilted to the left. Within the PBS interview, Totenberg sounded her standard Supreme Court docket notes: “There are six very conservative justices. It’s in all probability a courtroom extra conservative than any courtroom in possibly 90 years” (even John Roberts!). Over time, she warned that nearly each Republican nominee was “very, very conservative” and positive to spoil every part. After Anthony Kennedy retired, Totenberg even mentioned it was “the tip of the world as we all know it.”

There have been liberal journalists who had been bothered by the flagrant Totenberg-Ginsburg chumminess. At Politico, Michael Schaffer wrote, “May you think about a congressional reporter doing a ebook referred to as ‘Dinners With Harry Reid,’ tracing buying excursions and intimate household moments with the late majority chief, who died the yr after Ginsburg?”

None of this issues in any respect to Totenberg. She bathed in all of the fawning consideration that got here from her friendship with Ginsburg, and he or she’s nonetheless cashing in on it. If Washington is described as a swamp, she’s the scaliest Swamp Factor.

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