Whenever I work out at the gym while CNN blares on one of the television monitors, I wince whenever I see Jeffrey Toobin offering his supposedly expert opinions. It is like watching a teacher’s pet (think Tracy Flick) brown nosing his instructor. You want to throw spitballs at the screen.
Toobin masquerades as this nonpartisan purveyor of commentary, yet regularly mouthes the conventional liberal wisdom of the media elite. He often appears next to Donna Brazile whose presence, by contrast, I enjoy — despite our partisan differences. Perhaps it’s that chyron identifying her as a “Democratic strategist”. Unlike Toobin, she does not pretend to be nonpartisan. You know you’re getting the viewpoint of a supporter of the Democratic Party.
We may not agree with her perspective, but at least we appreciate her integrity.
I have called Toobin, “obsequious legal court jester to the media elite” the pundit is ever eager to entertain the elites in exchange for finding welcome in their confabs. And find welcome he did, being one of the members of the Journolist where, his pretensions notwithstanding, he likely never departed from the accepted opinions of his fellows on the list. (At present, we have no evidence of such departure.)
In the latest from the Journolist Archives, we have him questioning the mental health of one of the most respected commentators on the right, “As a side note, does anyone know what prompted Michael Barone to go insane?” Wonder if he would have faulted this sage pundit if another left-winger had not first brought up the author of the Almanac of American Politics, a resource valued by politicians and pundits on both sides of the political divide.
Perhaps, in the interest of fairness, CNN should add a chyron whenever Toobin appears, “Eager to be loved by left-wing pundits.”
FROM THE COMMENTS: Tom the Redhunter offers:
It’s always instructive to mirror-image everything, and you can bet the howls would be loud and long if writers for National Review or The Weekly Standard were caught at this sort of thing.