Jeffrey Toobin’s apology this week for covering the Hillary Clinton email scandal is the perfect marriage of high self-regard and subservience to a political party.
The New Yorker staffer and CNN legal analyst expressed remorse Monday for commenting in 2016 on Clinton’s private homebrew email server, going so far as to say that the press’s coverage of the FBI’s investigation of the former secretary of state’s mishandling of classified intelligence “very likely lost” her the presidential election.
The OpEd goes on to state the following:
The Clinton email scandal “is also a story about the news media, about how much time we spent on that, and that’s something that I have felt a great deal of personal responsibility for,” Toobin said Monday on CNN. “Because I talked about the emails here at CNN, I wrote about it in theNew Yorker, and I think I paid too much attention to them, and I regret that.”
Adams sums up Toobin’s apology, writing, “Just so we are all on the same page: Toobin is apologizing for following a major news story because he believes it adversely affected a Democratic candidate.”
Adams later points out Toobin’s use of the word “journalist” in a tweeted apology (see below), noting that the “invoking of the word ‘journalist’ is a bit rich” as, in his opinion, a “real journalist would not apologize for covering a legitimate news story.”
In his apology tweet, Tobin wrote:
“Note the mostly buried news that State Dept closed @HillaryClinton email probe with this verdict: no big deal. As a journalist, I regret my role in blowing this story out of proportion.”
Note the mostly buried news that State Dept closed @HillaryClinton email probe with this verdict: no big deal. As a journalist, I regret my role in blowing this story out of proportion.https://t.co/Ls7zto7uDJ
— Jeffrey Toobin (@JeffreyToobin) October 21, 2019
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