Tuesday, October 30, 2007

NPR annoyance

Why is it that NPR's Nina Totenberg feels compelled to read reams of "dialogue" verbatim from each Supreme Court case she covers?

Someone who's covered a beat as long as she has should be able to paraphrase the important stuff and quote judiciously just the "good bits."

Who needs: Question: Blah blah blah. Response: blah blah blah?

If anyone wants to read a transcript they can do so. In print, extensive quote mongering is usually a sign the reporter isn't sure about what he or she is writing about.

What's her excuse?

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