After National Public Radio took huge hits stemming from conservative James O’Keefe’s sting video, the publicly-funded radio network’s legal correspondent, Nina Totenberg, took to defending NPR’s product.
“I can’t defend the executives, the top executives, and I can’t necessarily even defend the board, but I can defend the product,” Totenberg said on PBS’s Inside Washington. “There is a reason that we are the only news organization, other than Fox, with a growing audience. It is 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. Judge us by our product.”
A quick look back at some of the comments Totenberg has made in her reporting and in media appearances over the past few years might hint at a bit more than a liberal bias. On April 17, 2009, Totenberg questioned the Tea Party movement’s sustainability, calling it a “stunt.”
“Well, you know, I don’t know whether this really has any legs are not. You have to remember that at almost any given time any cockamamie proposition in America will have at least 25 percent of those polled supporting it,” Totenberg said. “It was a good stunt. Whether the stunt really is more than a stunt remains to be seen. Obviously there are people who don’t like paying taxes, among them, probably some people at this table and certainly a certain individual whom I share a bed with doesn’t like paying taxes at all.”
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During the period leading up to Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court confirmation, Totenberg touted President Barack Obama’s nomination, likening her to “Superman.” “In some ways, the descriptions of Elena Kagan as dean [at Harvard University] sound a little bit like the beginning of the old ‘Superman’ TV series,” Totenberg read on air, and followed it up by actually playing the Superman TV show audio intro: “Superman, who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel in his bare hands!”
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