Politico: CNN's Toobin discusses the Toobin factor

March 28th, 2012

Politico
By DYLAN BYERS
3/28/12



CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin continued to set the tone on the media’s coverage of the Supreme Court’s health care arguments today. Following up on yesterday’s analysis that this was a “train wreck” for the Obama administration, he said today that it was a “train wreck” and possibly a “plane wreck.”

Following yesterday’s post on Toobin’s media influence,¬†Bloomberg Businessweek posted its own item dedicated to “The Toobin Factor.”

I reached out to Toobin, a New Yorker staff writer and the author of a forthcoming book on Obama’s relationship with the Supreme Court, to get his own take the so-called Toobin factor.¬†Our conversation follows, edited slightly for the sake of clarity.

Q: When you made the “train wreck” comment yesterday, did you anticipate that it would have such a profound effect on the coverage?

TOOBIN: One of the great joys of working for CNN, especially in a breaking news moment, is that you can sometimes feel the impact, because people look to you for the first explanation of what’s going on. That’s one of the reasons I love working here. I’m not a stenographer. I’m there to analyze what’s going on.

Most people, including myself, thought the whole law would be upheld. To see a majority of the Court very clearly indicating that it would not be upheld was a very big deal to me, and I thought it was a big deal to tell CNN viewers.


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