Liberals are outraged by an NPR journalist over an anecdote about a dinner party prank involving water guns and the late Antonin Scalia

Liberals are melting over a dinner party prank anecdote from longtime NPR journalist Nina Totenberg’s memoir.

Totenberg is promoting her book Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships, but at least one story about the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative provoked outrage.

Here is the
Account of the Balls and Strikes incident, a progressive news website.

Antonin Scalia, whom she “loved,” stars in one of the book’s most disturbing episodes. Just days after
DC vs Heller, the 2008 case that ungrammatically discovered an individual right to bear arms in the Second Amendment, Totenberg and her husband threw a dinner party with the Scalias in attendance. Totenberg’s husband placed plastic squirt guns in each soup bowl and later pointed a Super Soaker at Scalia. This, Totenberg recalled, “broke the house down” with laughter.

This clip was clipped and pasted to social media by those who were outraged that Totenberg would joke about an issue as hot as gun control.

“I listened to some of the Totenberg interviews on Fresh Air today and to be honest it made me sick. There was a *funny* story about her liberal husband and water guns when Scalia came over to her house for dinner. Access journalism cannot be morally justified ,”
answered Opinion columnist Will Bunch.

“I threw a tantrum when she talked about taking the Scalias out to dinner and playing with water pistols after Heller came downstairs.”
read another answer.

“It’s really disgusting. I can’t imagine @NPR would tolerate this kind of unethical behavior from any *other* employee than Totenberg, and I can’t imagine taking their future SCOTUS analysis there seriously in the face of this behavior.” said another critic.

“NPR has a responsibility to condemn these repeated, egregious examples of journalistic misconduct. That’s obscene.” read another answer.

Ironically, many right-wingers were also outraged by Totenberg’s memoir about her friendship with the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Here is more about Totenberg’s book:

Author Nina Totenberg on her decades-long friendship with judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg Liberals are outraged by an NPR journalist over an anecdote about a dinner party prank involving water guns and the late Antonin Scalia

Laura Coffey

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