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Totenberg's Courtside Lap Dance

OK, there have been no reports of lap dances by NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg -- so far. But as legal tabloidist David Lat continues his gossip mongering investigative reporting regarding Totenberg, I half expect the lap dance item to turn up any day now. Last month, Lat solicited readers to submit tales -- his word -- about the distinguished reporter's "diva-licious behavior." So far, he has unearthed a series of shocking facts about her: She once chewed gum, she asked someone to vacate her assigned seat at the Supreme Court and she dries her nylons in the bathroom.

Surprisingly, this wallowing in mud muckraking was picked up over the weekend by The Washington Post, which obtained this response from Totenberg:

"I'm flattered that I have reached the stage in my career that my taking my assigned seat has become an event big enough to inspire such embellished storytelling. If I had known asking someone to vacate my seat was such a big deal, I would have also asked him to bring me a Starbucks and a bagel."

But Mark Obbie at LawBeat is not amused:

"The effect, predictably, is that of the class clown mocking the smartest kid in the room. She's fair game, of course. But the anonymous blogger comes off as a mere shin-kicker. Kind of like me mocking the anonymous blogger, who seems to get a lot of traffic on his site, at least among his target niche of spoiled brat law students."

On second thought, maybe Obbie is amused. Myself, I don't get it.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on July 16, 2007 at 04:59 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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