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, 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: