Politico: CNN's Toobin discusses the Toobin factor

March 28th, 2012


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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