Why SCOTUSblog’s intern was running toward MSNBC

Dan Stein’s monster hustle getting opinions from the Supreme Court pressroom to TV crews this week has become the toast of the Internet:

BuzzFeed’s Benny Johnson saluted Stein’s “masterful technique” and wrote that his “fluttering tie truly makes this a special moment.” Slate led its story about the Supreme Court’s decision on the Voting Rights Act Tuesday with a picture of Stein’s black dress shoes hovering over the court steps, his face exuding determination.

Stein en route on Monday (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Stein, a history major and editor at the Yale Daily News who’s interning at SCOTUSblog, didn’t reply to my interview requests. But SCOTUSblog Publisher Tom Goldstein explained that the high court’s strange practices are the reason for the intern’s athletic feats.

Somewhat incredibly, SCOTUSblog still doesn’t have a Supreme Court credential (it finally landed a Senate credential in April), but Goldstein has struck a partnership with NBC News and MSNBC to help them report out rulings quickly. So the court gives MSNBC two copies of its rulings — one goes to SCOTUSblog, the other has to get out to the broadcast crew.

Hence the highly and justifiably celebrated footwork of Stein, who was featured Wednesday on SCOTUSblog’s own site, in a tastefully understated photo in the top left corner of the site.

Here’s Pete Williams breaking the news on MSNBC:

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Previously: Why it’s so hard for SCOTUSblog to get Supreme Court press credentials | SCOTUSblog tries again to get credentialed to cover the Supreme Court

We have made it easy to comment on posts, however we require civility and encourage full names to that end (first initial, last name is OK). Please read our guidelines here before commenting.

  • thx2600

    Just so I understand, that intern was running quickly to hand-deliver news to a talking head that could have been tweeted out without all the running…

  • sayam

    is a very good day of me when i saw that video i am very shocked

    http://oneasywebdesign.wordpress.com/

  • abeaujon

    Not only are they supposed to be, they are!

  • JTFloore

    are Dan Stein and Daniel Wein supposed to be different people?