Jeffrey Toobin Goes Behind the Scenes at CNN

Jeffrey Toobin on the campaign trail.
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Jeffrey Toobin: The way it works usually is, I mean, the sort of mechanics of how it works is they have a story meeting with the executive producers and they say, “Okay, well let’s have Toobin on the FLDS.” And then, a booker will call me and will just arrange the logistics. And then, I’ll talk to a producer who… The producer and I will go back and forth about what’s important to talk about. You know, we’ll talk about the substance. And then shortly before the show, I will often to Campbell or Anderson about how we want to do something. So that’s the mechanics of how it works, because, you know, a lot of television is sort of moving the logistical beast, you know, sort of getting the people to the right time, time and place. And if you’re… it’s easy to let that take over everything else. And I always try to make sure that I have substantive conversations with the people involved about what we’re actually talking about in the news, not just, you know, what set are you going to use, where you’re going to go get make up and all that stuff which tends to take up a lot of time.