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Full Disclosure of Close Relationships and Tax Returns

Sep 29, 2020

The Shop Talk panelists discuss a recent opinion piece on NPR's website that raises concerns about the long friendship between NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg and the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

The piece points out NPR never disclosed the close relationship during the many years Ginsburg served as a Supreme Court justice and Totenberg reported on the court. The piece questions whether the network provided listeners with the solid journalistic independence they’ve come to expect.

The Shop Talk panelists also touch on the recently released New York Times report about President Donald Trump’s tax returns.

Shop Talk is a weekly panel discussion about journalism issues.  This week’s program featured Will Buss, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University and advises the student editors at the Western Courier, the students at student radio station The Dog, and the WIU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists; Rajvee Subramanian, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University; and TSPR News Director Rich Egger.

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