It’s been just a few days since revealing undercover video footage of former NPR Senior Vice President Ron Schiller has surfaced and resulted in the departure of not only Schiller, but his superior, NPR President Vivian Schiller (no relation).But on this weekend’s syndicated “Inside Washington,” longtime NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg offered her own view of the turmoil created by this video footage and she offered a vigorous defense the NPR product.“I can’t defend the executives, the top executives,” Totenberg said. “And I can’t necessarily even defend the board, but I can defend the product. There is a reason that we are the only news organization other than Fox with a growing audience. It’s because of our product, which is straight-shooting, factual and spends an enormous amount of money gathering news from all over the country and the world.”
After the public shaming of NPR this week, Nina Totenberg was given the option of taking a day off from PBS’s “Inside Washington” so that she wouldn’t have to face the music concerning the so-called “news organization” she works for.Demonstrating admirable spunk, Totenberg showed up to “defend the product” her radio station produces only to have Charles Krauthammer say in the midst of a lengthy discussion about the issue, “If the product is so superior, why does it have to live on the tit of the state?”Noel Sheppard’s transcript and commentary can be found here.