Nina Totenberg Shreds Media Ethics at NPR
Posted: Oct 05, 2022 12:01 AM
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Shamelessly liberal NPR Supreme Court reporter Nina Totenberg hit the New York Times Best Seller list with her new book “Dinners with Ruth,” celebrating five decades of flouting any notion of media ethics with her pal Ruth Bader Ginsburg.The commercial objective is fairly clear. It’s time to cash in with all of the libertine leftists who bought buckets of “Notorious RBG” merchandise. It’s no surprise this book is a hit with public-radio progressives. NPR cranked up its own taxpayer-funded publicity machine to goose the sales, including:– A seven-minute “Morning Edition” interview on Sept. 2 with anchor Steve Inskeep.– A syrupy NPR book review on Sept. 12 by their book critic Martha Anne Toll. She began: “Count me among those who rely on NPR reporter Nina Totenberg’s crystalline explanations for all things legal, especially Supreme Court arcana — no one is clearer and more incisive.“It went downhill from there. For example, “Totenberg became a household name during the now infamous hearings” for Justice Clarence Thomas. Infamous? Because he made it? The next day, it was hailed as “NPR’s Book of the Day.”– A fulsome hour on NPR’s talk show “Fresh Air with Terry Gross” on Sept. 14. It felt like “This Is Your Life,” discussing Tot …