I disagree with the reviewer’s specific implication that more honest reporting about how dire RBG’s health was in 2019 and 2020 could have stopped Amy Coney Barrett from being confirmed — that die was cast when Ginsburg declined to resign before the 2014 midterms — but that’s still no excuse. The tendency of certain elite legal liberals to venerate the institution because of their relationships with the people involved and communicate this to the public has been a major part of the problem.
— Scott Lemieux at Lawyers, Guns & Money on how Nina Totenberg’s personal relationships poison her journalism.
Let’s be clear, this is not to suggest that Ms. Totenberg’s reporting is uniquely corrupt or self-serving by the standard of legal reporters, or reporters in Washington, DC in general.
The implication here, one that I agree with, is that the entire DC journalistic and political ecosystems are toxically intertwined.