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:

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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

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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