Today on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu we had generations of journalists, as CNN senior analyst Jeffrey Toobin (or, Jeffrey R. Toobin — check the podcast) and his mother, Marlene Sanders, joined us. Earlier we wrote about Toobin following in his mother’s footsteps by participating in Inauguration coverage.
Sanders covered the 1964 Inauguration for ABC News, along with a young Peter Jennings (both correspondents had just joined the network four months earlier).
“There was no Wolf Blitzer holding the whole thing together, it was just Peter and me,” said Sanders.
We asked Sanders what the difference between the excitement this year and in years past. “Nothing like it,” she said. “The second inauguration I did was Richard Nixon so you could hardly say there was any joy in Mudville over that one.”
“Or maybe that’s just you, Mom,” said Toobin.
Toobin also talked about the big change in coverage. “What’s different is the amount of space to fill…You were dealing with a very small news hole,” said Toobin.
Also discussed: Sanders’ “motherly indignation” over Toobin’s Tuesday airtime, whether Chief Justice John Roberts will recover from his oath flub, how Sanders opened the door for future women journalists (she was the first woman to anchor an evening newscast) and more.
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